Strawberry Short Cake

Okay this may not be a Portuguese old style cake…or is it ?  I will let you decide on that after reading the recipe.  Really if you think about it, eggs happens to be a key ingredient in many Portuguese desserts…so there you go ! Enjoy !

The Cake:

6 or 7 eggs
1 1/2 cups of sifted white flour
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1  cup of white sugar
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of magic baking powder
1 cap full of brandy or Scotch liquor
1 tsp. of Vanilla extract

Custard Cream:

5 large egg yolks
4-5 tbsp. of sugar
4-5 tbsp. of flour
1 tsp. of coconut extract
2 tsp. of lemon rind
2 tsp. of brandy

Fruit topping about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fresh-cut strawberries
(optional) fresh espresso (at room temperature) 1/2 cup
(optional) kahlua liqueur about 2 or 3 tbsp.

The Method:

1)Making the cake: in a large bowl, crack open 6 eggs, add the water, oil, vanilla, sugar, brandy or scotch.
2)Use electric mixer and mix on med. or med high until frothy (about 7 minutes)
3)Slowly add your dry ingredients: flour, magic baking powder, salt and stir with a wooden spoon.
4)Pour into a bundt cake baking pan that has been greased and floured.
5)Bake for 45 minutes…

Making the custard cream:

1)Whisk 5 or 6 egg yolks with 5 tablespoons of sugar… (save your egg whites for another recipe)
2)Add your coconut extract, your brandy, lemon rind, whisk a bit more than pour into a medium sauce pot on medium low heat.
3)With a wooden spoon slowly add your milk and 1 spoon of flour at time, (if it lumps use your whisk instead)
4)You shall stir slowly until it’s a smooth semi-pudding consistency, about 15 minutes of heating and stirring (more or less).
5)Set to the side. Let it cool for about 10 min.

Now the decorating of the cake:

1)Cut the cake in half horizontally to create a layer cake
2)This is the optional part: (Mix the espresso with the Kahlua and pour over the bottom half )
3)Add the custard on that half to be about 1/2 inch thick.
4)Add the sliced strawberries.
5)Put the other half of the cake on the bottom half.
6)Pour the remaining custard cream over it, it will shield the whole top of the cake . Then add the other half of your strawberries.

As indicated the coffee & Kahlua is purely optional…Feel free to make it as my original way by just using the custard & strawberries !

And there you have it….my most favourite, classic old-fashioned strawberry Custard cake….Even Marie Antoinette would be proud. !