{Summer} wreath

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I can cross another thing off my Summer Bucket List!! I got crafty the other night and made my summer wreath. I think it turned out pretty cute and for less than $10 I think it is even cuter!!

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I found a wreath form at the dollar store. Already had the “G” initial that I picked up at Hobby Lobby 1/2 off for less than $2. Bought 3 spools of ribbon, also half off and the windmills were .49 cents!!

Pulled out my trusty glue gun and just started gluing! Took me about 15 mins and voila! my creation on the front door!! Fun & Easy!

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what do you think?

xoxo, mamabird

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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!!

 

What’s your favorite summer time cake?

 

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