Strawberry Cake & Cupcakes

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I was asked to make a cake for a dear family friend who is turning 65! I thought since strawberries are so abundant this would be a great time to whip up a new creation! I started with a very simple vanilla batter and then folded in the macerated strawberries and egg whites. Then I made a strawberry lemon curd to put between the two layers and finished it off with a strawberry cream cheese frosting! um, um GOOD!!!

Strawberry Cake

2 3/4 cup flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 sticks butter

3/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 egg whites

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1/3 cup macerated strawberries, (pic above, blitz in food processor, add 1 Tb lemon juice and allow to sit 5-10 mins)

Place flour, sugar & baking powder in mixer, blend on low to mix. Add 2 sticks butter (1 Tb at a time). Add vanilla to milk and add a some milk then an egg & rotate. Fold in berries and egg whites, one at a time. Place in 2 9in cake pans or lined cupcake pan and bake cakes apx 25 mins and cupcakes 18 min at 350. Cool completely prior to frosting.

 

Strawberry Lemon Curd Filling

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2 cups whole frozen strawberries (I froze fresh ones)

6  Tb  sugar, divided

1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice

1/4  cup  all-purpose flour

Bring strawberries, 4 Tb sugar, and lemon juice to a boil in saucepan, and cook 5 minutes.Whisk together remaining 2Tb sugar and flour in a saucepan. Whisk in strawberry mixture; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbling around edges. Pour into a glass bowl, cover surface with plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hours.

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*Cooks Tip: When adding filling, put a ring of the frosting around the outer edge of cake and then put filling in the center so it will not ooze out the side and mess up your frosting!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz block cream cheese

1/2  stick butter, softened

1 cup fresh strawberries, blitzed in food processor

2 tsp vanilla

4- 6 cups powered sugar

Mix cream cheese, butter & vanilla and 1/2 strawberry mixture, slowly add powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time) add more strawberries as needed to provide the right texture for frosting.

 

I had a little batter left over so I made the boys some cupcakes and made them a mini version!

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P1010118 I think he liked it!

 

Hope you enjoy!!

 

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Ms. T’s Orange Cream Cake

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Happy Birthday Ms. T!!
Ms. T is Jack’s pre-school teacher and when I heard that the teachers were planning her a birthday party I had to volunteer to bake the cake! I was so excited to try out some of the techniques I learned in my Cake Decorating Class! When I started, I was thinking I was going to make a lemon cake but, then when I saw the beautiful Clementines in my fridge I thought ORANGE! 
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c orange juice
3/4 c milk
zest from 1 clementine*
In stand mixer add all dry ingredients and blend for a few mins to lighten up. Add softened butter and mix 2 mins.  Add vanilla to milk & juice and add a little liquid then egg and rotate ending with milk mixture.
Put in greased & floured cake pans. Bake 350 for 35-45mins
ORANGE CREAM FROSTING
1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 T orange juice
zest from 1 clementine *
4 to 6 c powdered sugar
Cream all ingredients except sugar with mixer and slowly add sugar 1/2 c at a time.
*Clementine may be substituted for orange, nectarine what ever you have on hand.
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Valentine’s Cupcakes

P2011855 Since we are still stuck at home I thought it would be fun to make some cupcakes. Jack LOVED using the mixer and he really enjoyed adding the food coloring to the frosting.

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Kat’s Fav Frosting

1 stick butter

1 8oz pkg cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

3 c powdered sugar

Allow butter & cream cheese to come to room temperature. Cream with mixer, add vanilla and powdered sugar 1/2 c at a time. If you are making the frosting only 1 color I advise to add the food coloring before the sugar. (It seems to give a really even color) That being said I typically am doing at least 2 colors with a batch and add the color at the end. Whatever works for you!