Hot Strawberry Cake with Ice Cream
Hot Strawberry Cake with Ice Cream

Hot Strawberry Cake with Ice Cream

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Hot Strawberry Cake with Ice Cream
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A gorgeous, easy, surprisingly delicious hot yellow cake recipe topped with sweet roasted strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream. A must-make recipe for summertime on the patio!
Serves: 6-8
Cake Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/8 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • vanilla bean ice cream
  1. Roast strawberries: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Toss the strawberries with the sugar and spread them out in a single layer in the baking dish. Roast the strawberries for around 30 minutes, tossing a time or two. You're looking for the berries to be slouchy and releasing syrup but not entirely broken down. Remove them from the oven, spritz with lemon juice, and gently toss. Gently drain the berries in a strainer set over a saucepan so that you can thicken the strawberry juice (set the berries aside in a bowl to cool as you do so).
  2. Thicken the sauce: Heat the juice over high heat to bring it to a boil. Remove about 1/2 cup of the berry juice to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Add this slurry back into the juice, reducing the heat to bring it down to a simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, whisking constantly, until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Pour the sauce into a bowl (through a fine-mesh sieve if there are any cornstarch clumps) to cool, whisking every now and then to prevent a skin from forming.
  3. Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 10-inch oven-safe skillet sprayed with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter and water to a boil. In the meantime, in a separate large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt before whisking in the egg, sour cream, almond extract, vanilla extract. Mix to combine. While mixing, slowly pour in the boiling butter and water mixture. Mix to combine completely. Your batter will be very runny. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in several places comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  4. Assemble: Gently toss the strawberry sauce in with the roasted strawberries. Hollow out the middle of your hot cake (no judgment if you do this by shoveling it into your mouth) and dump the strawberries and sauce in the middle. Don't fret if they don't stay put in the center -- there are a LOT of strawberries by design. Top with vanilla bean ice cream and serve hot.


23 Comments on Hot Strawberry Cake with Ice Cream

  1. Anton
    June 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm (9 years ago)

    I came for the recipes originally, but I have stayed for the delightful stories.

  2. Lori in NC
    June 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm (9 years ago)

    I don’t even remember how I found you, but I find your blog delightful. I use both recipe websites and food blogs; they each meet different needs. But something like is never going to help me understand the mind of a middle school teacher, who can in turn help me understand the mind of a middle schooler. (Which, trust me, I need all the help I can get.)

  3. J. Palermo
    June 9, 2015 at 11:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Enjoy both….your stories and your recipes.

  4. Ali @ Home & Plate
    June 10, 2015 at 9:40 am (9 years ago)

    That dessert looks amazing and I would have a hard time sharing it with anyone.

  5. Christine from Cook the Story
    June 10, 2015 at 10:37 am (9 years ago)

    Your story needs to be shouted across the world, and your strawberry cake needs to be shared with the world…but with me first, please.

  6. Victoria
    June 10, 2015 at 11:02 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve never thought of HOT strawberry shortcake! I love this! Looks totally delicious and I just want to faceplate into it right now…

  7. Julia
    June 10, 2015 at 11:50 am (9 years ago)

    Now that is my kind of summer dessert. I love that it is hot and the ice cream just melts all over the shortcake. So yummy!

  8. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    June 10, 2015 at 11:56 am (9 years ago)

    Great explanation of blogs vs. recipe sites! And I just went and picked strawberries yesterday….perfect for this cake!

  9. Katrina
    June 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my!! So saucy and pretty! This looks lovely!

  10. Kiano
    June 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Great points. At the end of the day cooking to is all about experimenting. Successes are awesome but kitchen failures are all part of the game. I’ve tried plenty of disappointing recipes by publications and blogs, and the same goes for successes. Every cooking experience is a learning one!

  11. Ashley (QLCC)
    June 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm (9 years ago)

    Strawberry season is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier! I will def. make this!

  12. Cynthia/What A Girl Eats
    June 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm (9 years ago)

    what a beautiful and tasty looking cake! I love strawberry season and your sauce sounds heavenly!

  13. Danae @ Recipe Runner
    June 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm (9 years ago)

    I love all the hot cakes you have made, but this one might be my favorite! Those strawberries have my mouth watering!

  14. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates
    June 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm (9 years ago)

    This cake looks amazing! Especially with all that ice cream on top! 😉

  15. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    June 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm (9 years ago)

    wonderful post! I for one much prefer trying new recipes from fellow bloggers. I’ve found that many big name food sites have generically produced boring & bland recipes for publicity’s sake. Thank you for sharing your favorite cake recipe 😉

  16. nimrodiel @ confessions of a literary persuasion
    June 16, 2015 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

    I made the roasted strawberries to bring with to a weekend gathering as an alternate topping for morning waffles.

    They were sooo good mixed with a small amount of real maple syrup and a hot Belgian waffle…

    I think I may try making these again and tossing them in syrup rather than sugar.

    • Julie Ruble
      June 16, 2015 at 11:00 am (9 years ago)

      What a fantastic idea!! Yum! So glad you enjoyed them — using them as a waffle topping sounds delicious.

  17. Kat
    June 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm (9 years ago)

    Dangit. I hate having to scroll through recipes to get to the stories.
    Did I do that right?

  18. Nisa Richardson
    May 14, 2016 at 11:53 am (8 years ago)

    I’m definitely trying this on my camp out this summer. I love the just been real down to hearth way you share. Keep it up

  19. Shanna
    February 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I love you. I love all 800 of your hot cake recipes. I have made several of them. Thank you for this post. I am so tired of the complaints about food blogs. I don’t understand adults complaining about something that can easily be remedied by scrolling, or going somewhere else. No need to whine. Sigh. Making this version of your amazing hot cake tonight.

  20. Alida
    March 15, 2022 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, your recipe looks delicious. I would like to make it, but as an upside down cake. Would I pour the sauce and strawberries into the pan first, and top with the batter? Or, what adjustments would you make?

    • Julie Ruble
      April 13, 2022 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

      Yes that’s what I’d try! And I think I’d just make sure to grease the pan well beforehand. I hope it works!


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