Strawberry Season in Florida

cuban family strawberry cake

Add sugar to taste based on sweetness of the strawberries and about 3-4 tablespoons or less of Contreau for a pint of strawberries, this is optional.

In Florida, strawberry season is not the same as the rest of the country.  Florida’s strawberry season is in the spring.  Walking through the produce aisle of the supermarket, I came upon a sale of fresh Florida strawberries, and they smelled delicious.  Fact:  if they don’t smell good they don’t taste good. 

A celebration was in the planning stage and of course it includes food.  My nieces and their friends had helped my Mom move stuff from a warehouse.  To thank them for spending their Saturday working instead of going to the beach, I invited them to dinner.  I made asparagus with butter and garlic, lamb chops with a secret Chinese spice, and mashed potatoes.  I had to use the strawberries for dessert, they smelled so good.

I searched the internet for strawberry shortcake, strawberry tart, strawberry anything and found a recipe that looked appetizing and changed it a little. 

Recipe link for recipezaar:

2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup fresh crushed strawberry, unsweetened

1/2-3/4 cup crushed strawberry
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
FOR CAKE: Sift together: flour, salt, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Beat for a total of 3 minutes, scrapping the sides of the bowl.
Then add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with strawberries.
Beat for two minutes.
Pour batter into two 8-inch round greased and floured cake pans.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cake tests done.
Turn out on to wire cooling racks to cool.
When cool, top with Strawberry Glaze.
FOR STRAWBERRY GLAZE: Mix together all ingredients.
Use enough strawberries to thin mixture.

In Tia’s version, I did not use the glaze. I cut up some fresh strawberries, added sugar and Contreau and used these strawberries to fill the cake.  I also made a fresh whipped cream frosting to lighten the cake up. 

Whipped Cream Frosting
Small container of heavy cream
Dash of salt
Powdered sugar to taste probably less than ½ cup
¼ tsp vanilla

Mix the heavy cream until peaks start to form
Add a dash of salt
Add powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time until it is as sweet as you like, tasting as you add more sugar
¼ teaspoon of real vanilla


The rest of the dinner was also a success, but those recipes are for another day.  I did not like the cake as much as everyone else;  If it’s not chocolate, it is not worth the calories :)

Chris, Jackie, Noah, Alessio, Marcello and Katie, thanks for all your help.

What is your favorite way to eat strawberries?

Muá, Muá!
Tía Ruth

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