Native-American-Style Strawberry Cake Recipe
A real crowd-pleaser!
The ripening of wild strawberries marked the end of eating dried winter foods for Native Americans. To celebrate this occasion, Native Americans held festivals where strawberries were made into juice and baked in cakes. I attended a strawberry festival a few years ago and got my first taste of this strawberry cake; it was so delicious! I made a mental note that I would one day make this at home. And now that spring has rolled around, and strawberries are abundant, I have put together a recipe that was such a big hit with my kids and friends kids that I would like to share it with you. Not only does this cake taste delicious, it is also naturally healthy, sugar-free, and has historical meaning. It is believed that the Colonists developed strawberry shortcake after tasting this Native American treat.
- Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds growing on the outside.
- The Cherokee word for strawberry is "ani."
- 2 1/2 cups cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup crushed strawberries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add oil, honey and milk. Stir until batter is smooth. Add strawberries and combine. Pour into an 9 inch round oiled pan. Bake for 25 minutes then lower the oven to 350 for 5 minutes to allow the center to cook through.
- Optional Incing Requires: 1/4 cup mashed strawberries 8 oz cream cheese honey to taste Combine 1/4 cup of mashed strawberries to 8 oz of cream cheese. Add honey to taste. Enjoy
Optional Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Combine 1/4 cup of mashed strawberries to 8oz of cream cheese. Add honey to taste.