Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fourth of July Shortcakes (Sponge Cakes)

While shortcakes appeared in Europe in the 1500's, strawberry shortcake was created and eaten as early as 1847 in the United States. The original shortcake resembled a biscuit, and the strawberries were covered with icing. Gradually, it evolved to a sponge cake or angel food cake covered in whipped cream.

Sponge Cake Recipe
4 ounces butter
4 ounces sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces flour
1 tablespoon milk
Whipped Cream
raspberries or strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, then beat for 3 minutes. Fold in flour, then add milk. Place in 3 greased and floured Wilton mini-fill pans. Bake for 19 minutes.

a. Place strawberries and whipped cream in the sponge cake to make a Strawberry Shortcake.

b. Place raspberries and blueberries and whipped cream on the sponge cake to make a flag design.


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