When I first stated baking for the synagogue, I scoured the internet for cookie recipes that would be incredible but relatively inexpensive. I wanted a citrus cookie, but as our Rabbi is allergic to lemon, I looked for an orange cookie. I found this incredible cookie, and I’ve made it numerous times over the last four or five years.
Fast forward to last year, when a request for Sprinkles Cupcakes’ recipe for Strawberry Cupcakes introduced me to that wonderful recipe, and made me want to replicate it in cookie form. I had leftover strawberry puree, and tried adapting the orange cookie recipe, but my couple of different tries didn’t hit the mark and I moved on from that quest.
Last week I was making the strawberry buttercream from that recipe to frost a white cake, and I found myself again with leftover puree. This time I was craving a loaf cake, and decided to adapt the Whole Orange Cake recipe. The base turned out great, and it’s so simple to make!
Butter and sugar are creamed in the food processor (and it even works with butter straight from the fridge!), strawberries are added and blitzed, and then the rest of the ingredients are whipped in. It comes together in a snap, all in one bowl, and then is ready to doctor.
It can be baked as-is, but my chief taster and friend Sarah and I think the flavor is better when sliced strawberries run through the cake. For one variation, we added some mini chocolate chips to the batter. For another, we put sliced strawberries and turbinado sugar on top. Sarah and I think the ideal has more sliced strawberries inside, some on top with turbinado.
Recipe adapted from Whole Orange Cake
- 12 ounces strawberries, washed and hulled
- 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter
- 5 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 -10 ounces strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced (see note)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- scant 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
- up to 1/4 cup turbinado or other coarse sugar, optional