My husband is an obnoxiously picky eater. On top of that, he’s not big into sweets–so when I find a food that he likes it must be good! As is the case with my mother-in-law, Michelle’s Dinette Cake.
I got it from Michelle, who got it from her mom Debbie, who got from Betty Crocker, so basically, it’s legit.
It’s a perfectly moist and sweet cake that pairs well with any fresh fruit, jam, syrup, or sauce. I made it with a homemade strawberry sauce and served with fresh sliced strawberries and a dollop of cool whip.
The ‘dollop’ was completely and totally for aesthetic purposes. As soon as my sexy strawberry and cake filled photo shoot was done, I COVERED that bad boy in cool whip and Cory and I shared the model.
On to the cakery!
For the Dinette Cake
- 1 ½ c. cake flour
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ c. milk
- 1/3 c. shortening or butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract (opt.)
For the Strawberry syrup
For the Dinette Cake
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Sift together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add milk and shortening (or butter) and mix for about 2 minutes until smooth.
- Add egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract if including it. Mix for another 2 minutes until all ingredients are incorporated and batter is smooth.
- Pour into a greased 9 x 9 x 2 square pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
- Serve and enjoy!
For the Strawberry Syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
- Heat on medium to medium-high heat and bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute
- Reduce heat and allow it to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mash berries if desired.
- Allow to cool and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Notes: Though the recipe calls for a square baking pan, I made mine in a Bundt pan and it made an adorable little Bundt cake. Also, I did not mash the strawberries after cooking the syrup because I like the chunks of fresh berries, but you can mash them as small as your little heart desires.
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