As things start to open back up around here, we’re getting lots of invitations to gatherings with friends and family. We recently attended a wine tasting and dinner party at our friend’s house and I was super excited when my friend put me in charge of dessert. I’ve been wanting to make Ina Garten’s Strawberry Country Cake recipe for years so I chose this as the perfect opportunity to do so. Like the instructions suggest in the recipe here, I saved one of the cakes for a later time in my freezer and used the other cake to feed the dinner party. This recipe was so good. If you love fresh whipped cream and strawberry shortcake then this is the recipe for you. The cake is not exactly a shortcake, but a citrus flavored cake that isn’t overbearing or too cakey. It’s not dry or overtly sweet and the fresh in season strawberries taste remarkable paired with it.
This was the perfect Memorial Day Weekend treat. I think it would be lovely to make anytime Strawberries are in Season. You can probably even add some of those fun, long celebration candles in blue to make it a festive treat for the 4th of July. I think adding blueberries to it would overwhelm it, but wouldn’t be bad. Just not exactly what I’m looking for when eating this dessert. The cake fed 5 adults and 2 toddlers with very little leftover. I highly suggest adding this to your Summer baking list before it gets too hot to be in the kitchen. The great thing about this is that the cake can be made ahead of time and frozen so you could bake it now and save it for a hot Summer day without having to turn on the stove! This was a real crowd pleaser and I’m sure I’ll make it again this Summer to share with family. I think it’s very important to use high quality Strawberries when making this or else it probably won’t taste as good. I hope you’re able to enjoy this too!