I've seen this on a few blogs over the summer and it caught my eye every time. I ate the whole thing myself!
*I am NOT pregnant. I'm an idiot and had part of this typed up last summer when I was!*
Adapted from Jam Hands
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb strawberries, hulled and halved
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 10-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
Put softened butter and 1 cup sugar in another bowl and mix until pale and fluffy. Add in egg, milk, and vanilla. Gradually pour in flour mixture.
Transfer batter to pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible.
Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
Bake the cake for 10 minutes. Then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour.
You can smell the cake baking and you'll get so hungry! It was fabulous!