Strawberry Cake

One of the highlights (at least for me) teaching summer school, is that our school does a Fun Food Friday.

We come up with a theme and all the teachers bring food in to share.

This is a fun time for me to try new recipes and have the teachers try them out.

Teachers eat anything….you know that don’t you? : )

On the first fun food day, I brought in this Strawberry Cake. I found the recipe in a Southern Cake Magazine, and it looked way too good to pass up from trying it out.

There was not a crumb left over from this cake.

I have even been asked by a couple of teachers to make it for them and they will pay me.

Woohoo….money in the bank!

Anywho, before I left for vacation in Branson, I made this cake again for a teacher friend of mine. She is paying me to make it for her Aunt’s birthday party.

How cool is that?

I am always humbled when I get asked to cater something or make a cake. Cooking and baking is just something I love to do.

Now I wish I could say that about cleaning the kitchen.

Below, is a shorten, step by step instructions on how to make this cake.

These are the ingredients you will need to make this show stopping cake.

First thing you need to do is  make the strawberry curd filling. You will need to cook, egg yolks, sugar, corn starch and drained frozen strawberries, until thick. Then add in butter and strawberry extract.

Next,  you need to make the cake batter. Take butter and sugar and cream together. Add vanilla. The alternate flour, baking powder and salt mixture with the buttermilk.

Next whip up 5 egg whites until stiff.

Fold in the egg whites with the cake batter.

This what the cake batter looks like when you get all the egg whites and cake batter folded together.

 

Spread batter evenly in three 9 inch round cake pans and bake till done.

Remove cakes from pans, and cool completely. Then spread strawberry curd on top of the two of the cakes.

This is what it looks like all layered with the strawberry puree filling.

To make the yummy strawberry icing, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add some strawberry peree, extract and powdered sugar.

Now you can spread that yummy frosting

Now, decorate with some cut strawberries.

Then watch it dissapear.

How much would charge if you made this cake for hire?

I would love to know!

I never know how much to charge.

Here is the recipe for this beautiful and deliscious cake.

 Strawberry Cake

Adapted from Southern Cake Magazine

You will need to make a strawberry curd filling, three white cakes and a strawberry frosting.

First make the Strawberry Curd (so it can cool)

Ingredients

1–15.5 ounce package of frozen sliced strawberries in syrup. Please thaw and drain the juice.

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

3 egg yolks

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup butter

1 teaspoon strawberry extract

Directions:

In a food processor  or blender, process the drained frozen strawberries. Resever 1/2 cup for the frosting.

In a s heavy sauce mix together sugar and cornstarch. Add puree, egg yolks and lemon juice. Cook until very thick, whisking the mixture all the time. This should take around 8 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in butter and strawberry extract. Let mixture cool.

Cake Batter Ingredients:

1 cup butter sofened

2 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon vanill extract

2 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour

2 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole buttermilk

5 egg whites

Directions:

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together (I used my stand mixer) until they are fluffy. Add vanilla and mix together.

In a different bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and alt. Add the flour mixure to the butter mixture, alternating it with the butter milk.

In another bowl, whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

Fold in the egg whites, a third at a time with the cake batter.

Divide the batter between the three pans and bake until the centers are done. This took around 20 minutes in my oven.

When the cakes are baked, cool on a cooling rack  and remove from pans and cool completely.

Strawberry Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup of the reseved strawberry puree (it is what you saved from the strawberry curd recipe)

1 teaspoon strawberry extract

6 cups f confectioner’s sugar (I call this powdered sugar)

Directions:

In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until it is very smooth. Add the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract, mixing them together with the butter and cream cheese mixture. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth and spreadable.

To Assemble the cake:

              

Spread the strawberry curd on top of one cake. Put a cake on top of it, and spread strawberry curd on the top of the cake. Place the third cake on top of that one. Frost the cake with strawberry frosting. Add a finishing touch of sliced strawberries to the top of the cake.

Here is what the cake looks like all finished.

Tell me how you like this cake!

Here are links to a few other cake recipe you might like to try.

                           

The Best Chocolate Cake                 Dad’s Key Lime Cake                                Banana Bars

Enjoy!

Becky

 

 

Strawberry Quick Bread

I heard a new food term at school this week.

It was the, “must goes.”

Must Goes?

What the heck is a must go??? Funny you asked, because I did too. A young man in my class asked me if I ever had heard of the term, ” Must Goes?”

NO….

Well, must goes, are all the left over food in your fridge that you need to eat, cook it something or throw out. You know…they Must Go or be thrown away.

I had some fresh strawberries in the fridge that had, MUST GO, all over them.

Life is like a bowl of strawberries, but sometimes it puts you in a jam. (my feeble attempt at humor)

Take some, must go strawberries and an old cookbook, put them together and you get a recipe for strawberry bread.

This is a simple recipe to follow and it really taste divine. Perfect on a rainy weekend morning. My kids grabbed a warm piece right after I said,” berry dig in!” In a posting from last week, my son tried some corn cob jelly. When he got his slice of strawberry bread he told me he would rather not try the jam again and just use butter. UMP…. : ) no need for me to worry about everyone eating up my corn cob jelly!

Well anyway back to the bread.

First thing you need to do is wash, stem and slice your strawberries.

                   

My strawberries were really not that sweet. So, I  sprinkled them with sugar and let them drain while I got the pans ready. This is how much juice drained off. I did not want the extra moisture to go into the bread. I took the drained strawberries and mashed them with a fork into smaller pieces.

                    

Next thing I did was get my pans ready. I always lightly spray my pans with vegetable oil and line the bottom with parchment paper. Normal bakers would probably do this first….oh well…. I never said I was normal….

In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix together.

                   

Crack four eggs into a bowl and beat lightly. Next, measure out one cup of oil.

                   

Add in the beaten eggs, the vegetable oil and lastly the smashed strawberries.

Mix it all together, being careful not to overbeat. If you mix too much it makes the bread tough.

Pour bread evenly into two baking pans. It took about 3 cups of batter for each loaf of bread.

Put bread in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. This is a picture of my bread after about 20 minutes in the oven.

In about 50 minutes, my bread looked like this. Don’t worry about the cracks!

    

Here is the first loaf sliced up without a glaze.                    Here is the second loaf with a key lime glaze drizzled on top.

Here is the mess I made on the counter. OOPS

Now I “MUST GO” eat some stawberry bread!

Enjoy,

Becky

Strawberry Quick Bread

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups sliced and smashed strawberries

3 1/3 cup flour

2 cups of sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teasoon vanilla (I accidentally forgot to add)

1 cup vegetable oil

4 beaten eggs

1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional (my son hate nuts, no option for me)

Directions:

Wash, stem, slice and drain strawberries. After they have drained for about 20 minutes, smash with a fork

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Pour in the beaten eggs, oil, vanilla and smashed strawberries. Mix together, being careful not to over mix.

Pour batter into two prepared bread pans and bake in an 350 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes.

I made a little bit of key lime glaze to pour on top for fun. I had some left over juice and I just added powdered sugar to it to get the right consistency. Drizzle glaze over warm bread.