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Cottage Pudding (Cake for Strawberry Shortcake) Recipe
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Cottage Pudding (Cake for Strawberry Shortcake)

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"This is a wonderful shortcake recipe my grandmother used to make for strawberry shortcake. It is moist and sweet and can be eaten by itself too."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch square cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square cake pan. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 03, 2011

This is our favorite base for strawberries (or any other fruit). I prefer to use butter and this has to be extremely well creamed with sugar. You can also cut back on sugar by 1/4 cup. Do not overmix when adding flour and milk. These are just a few tips on this little gem of a cake being successful. Can also be used for an upside down cake - the possibilities are endless. Enjoy and thanks for submitting something straightforward and simple.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 08, 2011

Maybe my expectations were all wrong in terms of what a shortcake really is but i didn't care for the taste of this cake at all

Sep 05, 2011

The submitter describes her grandmother's cake quite accurately, and Hubs and I were both pleased she decided to share the recipe with us as we enjoyed it a great deal. It's tender, sweet and moist, perfect as shortcake, but I could easily see this as cupcakes too. Even a 9x9" cake tends to be too much for Hubs and me, so I baked these in a 6-heart shaped individual Wilton cakelet pan, which yielded 12, perfectly portioned little cakes. One or two per serving is quite sufficient and the rest I simply froze for quick future desserts. The recipe is perfect as is - those grandmas sure did know what they were doing!

Jul 05, 2011

Oh my gosh, this is so yummy! The only change was, I made it with butter instead of shorting. I served it with fresh strawberries and pineapple topped with homemade whipped cream with a bit of cream cheese in it. This is a dessert I will make again and again!

Jun 23, 2011

Fantastic recipe! I made it exactly as directed. I sprayed a 9x9 baking dish, sprayed it with non-stick spray, put down parchment paper, sprayed again, and it came out of the pan beautifully after cooling 10 min. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I also had to keep it in the oven longer. In total, almost 50 min in the oven for a toothpick "inserted into center comes out clean". It's late, and I'm really tired, BUT..I put my strawberry sauce and homemade whipped cream on top of a slice of it while it was still warm and my tummy is ooooooooh so happy! YUM! I would like to experiment with this recipe. Like adding perhaps 1/2 tsp of vanilla next time, maybe sub half the shortening with butter. Just for fun, NOT because it needs it. OH, also, DO NOT skimp on the sugar. Thank you! ps..I'd love to know why it's called Cottage Pudding cake lol

May 15, 2012

I admit I had reservations about this cake but wanted to try it because I wanted to make strawberry shortcake and wanted to try something other than my usual and this cake notes that it is for shortcake recipes. I still wasn't convinced when I made the batter, still wasn't convinced when the cake was baked but was overwhelmed when I put it all together because it made the best ever strawberry shortcake! Outstanding!! It's sorta like a cross between a sponge cake and pound cake, not one or the other but both somehow. It soaked up the liquid from the berries, had a perfect crumb, was moist, slightly sweet and just made the dessert. On it's own it doesn't seem to be anything special but when combined with sweet juicey fruit and whipped cream it's perfect. This would be good with peaches too. Thanks Kaylene for sharing your Grandmother's recipe! It's a keeper.

Jul 19, 2011

I have been making a recipe that is very similar, only thing different is that some of the measurements of the ingredients are slightly less. I have been making this cake for 25+ years. Would not make anything else for our shortcake, the recipe can be doubled with no problems, just use a 11 x 13 or similar size pan and I have always greased the pan with some spray Pam.

Jun 03, 2011

made this exactly as stated in recipe and it came out perfect. Great texture and taste.


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  • Calories
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 220 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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