If you just want the recipe skip to the end, but you might enjoy a world outlook that is slightly provocative. Let’s be good cooks and thinkers too.
Strawberries burst on the scene in a good way in spring as one of the food traditions we look forward to. There are two kinds of strawberry shortcake, depending on the cake or shortcake used.
- Crumbly biscuit-type shortcake like I did here.
- Sponge cake for shortcake as featured today in this recipe.
No matter how you like it, it’s a worthy summer dessert that calls the name of most people.
Why Strawberries Can Be Your Therapy
As the world gets more upside down, unpredictable, and at times dystopian, simple food traditions become more important and can even serve to ground us.
Let me encourage you to steady yourself these next two years as presidential campaigns erupt, and anything looking like truth or reality gets blurred in all directions.
It’s possible that 80% of what we think to be true is twisted via group think and social contagion. In the 1930-50’s throat doctors were paid to promote cigarettes as helpful for throat issues and in those same two decades, surgeons performed 60,000 lobotomies.
What’s really eye opening is that in 1950 the Soviet Union banned the procedure as contrary to the principles of humanity, while in the United States, though rarely performed, they are technically still legal. A lobotomy left Rosemary, sister of John F. Kennedy, permanently incapacitated.
I only write this to make us all think. The lobotomy was heralded as THE CURE for mental illness, and its original inventor won a Nobel prize. Today we think it is barbaric.
Dancing Mania Resulted in Death
History reports the very odd dancing mania where throughout Europe people would break into public dance, due to a a phenomenon called choreomania. People would see the dancing and be compelled to join, unable to stop, often dying from heart attacks and strokes. Social influence and the power of suggestion is powerful and the curators of social media know this. I only tell you these things to encourage you that while we humans are quite susceptible to crazy influence, we also have ways to break crazy and choose life giving habits.
Ground Yourself with Family Time and Delicious Food
- Bring your family and friends into the kitchen.
- Buy healthy, whole foods in season.
- Shop at the Farmer’s market.
- Mark celebrations and seasonal changes with food traditions.
- Eliminate toxic relationships which might even mean your favorite news channel.
- Study history and see there is nothing new under the sun and we will carry on to the next generation.
- Eat vegetables and fruits in season with gusto.
- Set your table with seasonal decor that you bring out to mark the time. Believe it or not these kinds of visual and sensual things can create peace, happiness.
Doing these things will turn small pleasures into therapeutic interventions for the social and cultural sickness of our times. Loneliness, alienation, sadness, anxiety can be cured with people gathering together, playing games, sharing food, especially foods that are part of childhood memories.
The advent of fresh, sweet strawberries always perks my mood up, and lets me know we are in for bright, sunny days and the hope of a new season has arrived.
Keto Vanilla Cake
This keto vanilla cake is a sponge cake that serves as the base for many of the keto cakes here and in my keto bakery. Made from almond flour, coconut flour and a lot of eggs, it bakes up just wonderfully.
I use these tart liners to make a flat cake. You will get 600 liners for under $20. You could also make a sheet pan cake and cut rounds, or use traditional vanilla cupcake liners.
These keto vanilla cakes are very easy to make and come in at about 2 net carbs each. Add strawberries and stabilized whipped cream, and you have a wonderful summer dessert that you can serve to your family and guests.
Variations: Use fresh blueberries, blackberries or peaches.
Freeze these cakes by wrapping in plastic wrap. To defrost, just unwrap and sit out for about an hour. That’s all that’s to it.
Keto Vanilla Cake Ingredients
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Sour Cream
- Almond Milk
- Avocado or Olive Oil
- Baking Powder
- Xanthan Gum
More Low Carb Strawberry Desserts
Keto Glazed Vanilla Muffin
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 180 C.
- Mix all dry ingredients including sweetener. Set aside.
- Mix eggs well, about five minutes.
- Stream in oil.
- Add sour cream and almond milk and then add to mixture.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Gently mix in the dry mixture.
- Spray muffin liners with a gluten free baking spray.
- Use ice cream scoop to scoop evenly into 12 muffin liners.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
Alternative Baking Instructions
- Instead of using muffin liners, you can bake in a quarter size sheet pan with parchment paper underneath. When cooled, cut rounds with biscuit cutter.
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