I've been dreaming of Strawberry Shortcake all winter, so when I finally found really ripe amazing smelling strawberries at the market I decided to make this Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake because I wasn't in the mood to make traditional biscuits and roll them out.
I made a moist and light yellow lemon buttermilk cake for the base because I knew it would be the perfect flavor combo.Then filled it with fresh strawberry puree, diced strawberries and smothered it in freshly whipped cream.
My Dad who never eats dessert decided to have a slice and said it was the best ever. He even wanted to have a piece for breakfast the next morning and let me tell you that is way out of his normal. I don't think I've ever seen him eat sweets for breakfast, the man even drinks his morning coffee black!
So I know if he loves it as much as the rest of the family you'll love it too!
To make the cake layer in a large mixing bowl cream together 3/4 cup Butter, 1 2/3 cup Sugar and 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add 3 whole Eggs, 1 at a time beating well between each addition.
Add 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract, 2 teaspoons Baking Powder, 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda and 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt. Mix until well combined.
Add 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk.
Mix until combined being careful not to over mix, scrape sides of bowl as needed.
Butter a 9"x13" pan and line with parchment paper and butter parchment paper.
Pour cake batter into prepared pan.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until a tooth pick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
Allow cake to cool for 20 minutes and then use a 1/4" round handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake.
To make the strawberry filling in a small saucepan combine 1/3 cup Water and 1 package Unflavored Gelatin. Heat over low heat until gelatin dissolves and becomes clear.
Place 2 cups Diced Strawberries in blender. Add Gelatin mixture, 3 tablespoons Sugar, Juice of 1/2 a Lemon and puree until smooth.
Taste puree and add additional sugar if needed.
Stir in 2 cups Diced Strawberries into strawberry puree.
Spread strawberry mixture evenly over cake, work into holes and gentle shake pan to work strawberry mixture into holes.
Refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve.
Whip 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 tablespoons Sugar and 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract.
Taste whipping cream and add additional sugar to taste.
Spread Whipped Cream evenly over cake.
Garnish with a whole strawberry if desired when serving.
I promise you this will knock your socks off!
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