Look, deja-vu! I know, I know. Another strawberry dessert. This was never even meant to make it here, sort of a culinary afterthought on one lazy evening. I have a written recipe for a cobbler cake that I’ve been making for ages, I’m just unable to commit it to my permanent memory and end up having to look for that recipe over and over again. That won’t happen anymore now!
This is a summer cake at it’s simplest. I made it before using all sorts of summer fruits: peaches, apricots, apples, blueberries, pears, you name it. The prep takes only 15 minutes and the oven does the rest. As you might have guessed, the cake mix is meant to be a cobbler, put on top of the fruit, but I made into a cake-tart. Because that’s ok
I scooped the cake batter into a greased 11 inch tart shell, swirling it around with a rubber spatula to make sure it covered it evenly. The strawberries get dotted inside.
Tip: As the cake will rise a bit, you may notice that the strawberries rise along with it. That’s totally fine, but won’t look as pretty on the plate. I solved this problem by simply opening the oven at about 10 minutes in and lightly pushing the strawberries down into position.
Summer Cobbler Cake
- 1⅔ cups of whole wheat pastry flour all purpose is an acceptable substitute
- ⅓ cup of white sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 5 tbs cold butter diced, plus more for greasing the tart baking dish
- pinch of salt
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- fresh strawberries topped
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Butter a 11 inch tart baking dish (use one with a removable bottom).
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture is coarse and sandy.
- Add the buttermilk and egg and mix until just combined.
- Spoon into the tart dish, ensuring that it forms an even crust and fits into the grooves of the tart shell edge. Don’t overfill, the cake will rise quite a bit.
- Press the strawberries into the cake. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown, bubbly and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Dust with powdered sugar and serve.