This recipe has been in my family since the early 1970's. It is my absolute favorite strawberry cake. Mine doesn't exactly look elegant, but it sure did taste good!
Elegant Strawberry Torte
3 c. flour
2 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter, softened, not melted
1 c. sour milk (add 1/2 T. vinegar to milk)
1 t. baking soda
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 8" round pans. (You can also bake it in a 9" x 13" pan).
Combine first four ingredients with a pastry blender.
Mixture will be crumbly. Reserve one cup of mixture. Add remaining ingredients to mixture and mix together. (I sprinkle the baking soda over the crumble mixture, then add and mix together the remaining ingredients).
Batter will be somewhat lumpy.
Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Sprinkle reserved cup of mixture evenly over top.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Mine, shown here, were a tad over-done.)
Filling and Topping
1 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced (add more or less, however you like it)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
Add sugar to whipping cream and beat until thick. Add sliced strawberries and mix well. Use this mixture as both filling and/or topping of cake.