Spring Entertaining: Strawberry Shortcake Hat

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Pretty Spring Celebrations

Showers, derby parties, Mother’s Day & garden gatherings become a little sweeter when pound cake graces the menu. It has long been a welcome guest of year round southern celebrations & bridges the generation gap of trendy foods on beautifully set tables decade upon decade. From tomato aspic to congealed salad– balsamic strawberry bruschetta, Caesar salad served in Parmesan cups & comfort food bars featuring a variety of perfectly curated pub classics with an upscale culinary twist– the iconic cake always receives a riot of polite whispers no matter the era. It’s this kind of complimentary chatter during a celebration that every southern woman cherishes, when her signature recipe is well received in a room full of good friends & good home cooks. Simplicity is the key to dressing a pound cake for any celebratory affair. Exchange the traditional tube pan for a 6-inch & a 12-inch cake pan. Fresh seasonal fruit accessorize effortlessly. Spring parties truly become magical with this timeless southern beauty.

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makes 16 servings

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pound Cake Hat
14 whole fresh strawberries
8 cups sliced or quartered fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cups whipping cream
6 Tbsp sugar

Prepare the Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pound Cake Hat recipe as directed. Place the 12-inch cake onto a cake stand or serving plate. Place the 6-inch baked cake in the center of the 12-inch cake, pressing well to adhere. Arrange some of the whole strawberries halfway around the 12-inch cake & on the top of the 6-inch cake to resemble the decoration on a ladies hat. Cut & slice some of the strawberries to fill any gaps for a pretty presentation. Expect to use 2 1/2 {16-oz} containers of fresh strawberries will be needed to prepare the dessert. Toss 8 cups of sliced or quartered strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon zest & the lemon juice. Let stand 15 minutes or until the sugar dissolves & creates a syrup. Beat the cream & the remaining 6 tablespoons of sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Serve the seasoned strawberries & the sweetened whipped cream with pound cake slices.

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RKG Original Small MonogramOld-Fashioned Buttermilk Pound Cake Hat
makes 16 servings

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups sugar
5 eggs, room temperature
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups ap flour
1 cup whole buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease & flour 1 {12-inch} cake pan. Line 1 {6-inch by 3-inch} pan with a removable bottom with parchment paper; grease & flour the pan. Cream the butter & the sugar with an electric stand mixer until light & fluffy. The mixture should be well aerated & it will lighten in color from a soft yellow to pale & creamy. It should take at least 5 minutes or so. Add the eggs, one at a time, & mix until well blended. Add the lemon juice & the vanilla. Blend in the flour alternately with the buttermilk, mixing on Low speed. The last little bit that goes into the mixer should be flour. Stop the mixer & fold it in by hand. Do not over mix the batter. Spoon 4 1/2 cups of batter into the prepared 12-inch pan. Spoon 2 1/2 cups of batter into the prepared 6-inch pan. Spread the batter in both pans until level. Drop the pans several times on the countertop to settle air bubbles for an even rise. Position the second oven rack under the center oven rack. Place the filled pans on the center rack in the oven. Place a foil-lined baking sheet on the lower rack under the 6-inch pan. 

Bake the 12-inch pan for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean. Bake the 6-inch pan for 1 hour & 20 to 1 hour & 30 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean. Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes. Run a small palate knife between the cake & the pan edge. Remove the cakes from the pans. Cool completely on a wire rack, top sides up.

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{helpful advice}

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A good hostess gently directs from warm welcomes to gracious farewells.
Follow these gentle pointers.

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The Essential Hostess Primer

Springtime signals the start of many celebratory occasions from baby & bridal showers to engagement parties. It’s no secret that seamless entertaining starts with careful planning. But once the menu has been chosen, prepared & carefully arranged for guests to enjoy, the hostess takes the lead in orchestrating the memorable occasion.

No. 1

The Introductions

The ring of the doorbell is your signal to switch from party preparations
to extending gracious hospitality.
After all, the purpose of entertaining is to focus your attention
on the comfort & pleasure of your guests.

The hostess should make the introductions to one another,
however she may appoint a close friend to help out
as the party gets livelier so that the event runs smoothly.

No. 2

The Refreshments

A cocktail or beverage should be offered right away for guests to sip on
while they get to know others & reconnect with old friends.

I have found that 30 to 45 minutes of mingling
to be just the right amount of time for arrival & light conversation.
When you are ready, direct guests to the refreshments.
Allow everyone to make a plate & continue conversation over a few nibbles.

No. 3

The Gifts

Once everyone has had a bite,
open gifts if the honoree has decided she would like to do so.

A wing backed chair makes a lovely & comfortable focal point for unwrapping presents.
By all means pass the thoughtful items around the room so everyone can see them.
Appoint someone to make a list of who gave what.

No. 4

The Polite Parting

As the gathering concludes,
be available for guests to thank you for the invitation.
Hover close to the door so they can easily find you.

Make parting conversation gracious but quick
so as not to have other guests waiting too long to say their goodbyes.

No. 5

The Video Tutorial

Talk Of Alabama

Watch & learn how to make this stunning cake in your own kitchen.

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Cooking Lessons
Visit the original post for traditional tube cake instructions.

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2 Responses to Spring Entertaining: Strawberry Shortcake Hat

  1. Pam Harrell March 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Hello!!! I saw you on Talk Of Alabama and thought you were adorable…I wasn’t able to finish show and totally forgot to record it. Anyways, I did get your website info. Cannot wait to make Old Fashion Buttermilk Pound Cake Hat!!! Thank you, Pam Harrell : )

    • Rebecca Gordon March 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Pam, Thank you for the kind words! The hat is super easy & so fun. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Have a great day :) Sincerely, Rebecca

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