Strawberry cake recipe and
A Scrumptious, All-Natural Strawberry Cake
Snow may still be on the ground, but spring is right around the corner. What
better way to celebrate the change of season than with a home-baked
While strawberry season traditionally runs June through mid-August, these
days, thanks to improvements in horticultural techniques, you can find ripe
strawberries in the produce section of your favorite supermarket as early as
April. And if you’re craving spring in February, you can use frozen
strawberries. The cake will be just as delicious.
But put that box of Jello back on the shelf! You won’t need it, and you
won’t need artificial food coloring either. This is strawberry cake as it
was meant to be – melt-in-your-mouth luscious and 100% natural.
3/4 cup strawberry puree (recipe below)
1/4 cup milk
6 large egg whites
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
Yields: Two 8 inch cake layers
An hour before you begin, take the strawberry puree, milk, and eggs out of
your refrigerator so they are at room temperature when you blend them. Half
an hour later, take out the butter – it shouldn’t be at room temperature,
but it will need to be “softened.”
Preheat your oven to 350. Line two 8 inch circular cake pans with aluminum
foil, spray with baking spray (don’t overdo!) and lightly dust with flour.
Separate your egg whites. Then blend the strawberry puree, milk, egg whites
and vanilla with a fork in a small bowl.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking
powder and salt. Attach the bowl to the mixer, and then s-l-o-w-l-y begin
beating in the butter. The resulting mixture should look like crumbs.
Add the strawberry puree blend to the mixing bowl, a little at a time. Beat
the resulting mixture at medium speed for a minute until everything is
blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix for another 30 seconds.
Pour the mixture into the cake pans, dividing evenly and smoothing the tops.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes – time will vary depending upon your
altitude and how evenly your oven heats. The best way to tell if your cake
is baked is always the old toothpick trick – stick a toothpick into the
center of the cake and if it comes out clean, you’re good.
The cakes will need to cool for ten minutes before you turn them over onto
your cake rack. And they should be at room temperature (another two hours)
before you frost them.
Three boxes of ripe strawberries or 24 oz of frozen strawberries
Yield: 1 and 1/4 cups strawberry puree.
If you’re using frozen strawberries, you will need to defrost them before
you use them, making sure to remove all the excess liquid that you can.
Fresh strawberries will need to be washed, hulled, sliced and sprinkled with
two teaspoons of sugar. Let them sit at room temperature for two hours
before you use them.
After the strawberries are prepped, just pop them into a food processor or
blender and hit “puree.”
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