I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Strawberry Cake

I love cakes that are made from scratch.   They have such full, rich flavors.



STRAWBERRY CAKE
(serves 12-14)

Cake Ingredients:
*10-12 strawberries (enough to make a 1/2 cup pureed)
*1 tablespoon white sugar
*2 cups white sugar
*1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
*1 cup butter, softened
*4 eggs, seperated (room temperature)
*2 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
*2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*1 cup whole milk, room temperature
*1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Frosting Ingredients:
*1 cup shortening
*1 cup butter, softened
*8 cups powdered sugar
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
*3/4 cup heavy cream
*3-4 tablespoons strawberry jam
*1 1/2 cups sweetened cocoanut (optional)
*4-5 strawberries (optional-for top of cake)

Directions:
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Puree strawberries in a small bowl.
~Mix in 1 tablespoon sugar & set aside.
~Grease & dust with flour, two 9-inch round cake pans.
~In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, 2 cups sugar & strawberry jello mix until light and fluffy.
~Beat in egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each.
~In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder,
~Alternately mix flour mixture & milk into the egg mixture.
~Mix in the vanilla & strawberry puree.
~Whip egg whites until light & fluffy.
~Gently fold into cake mixture.
~Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
~Bake 25-30 minutes, or until done.
~Remove cake from oven, allow to cool in pans for 10-15 minutes.
~Remove cake from pans & allow the to cool completely on a wire rack.
~Cream shortening & 1 cup butter until fluffy.
~Add powdered sugar & continue creaming until well blended.
~Add salt, vanilla & whipping cream.
~Blend on low speed until just moistened (add additional whipping cream if necessary).
~Beat at high speed until fluffy.
~Put one layer of cake on cake plate.
~Mix strawberry jam into the frosting.
~Spread the 2 cups of frosting over first layer of cake.
~Sprinkle 1/2 cup cocoanut over frosting.
~Gently place remaining cake layer over first layer of cake.
~Frost top & sides with remaining frosting.
~Gently press coconut on sides of cake (optional).
~Place strawberries on top of cake (optional & do this just before you are ready to serve it).

Variations:
`omit strawberry jam in frosting.
`omit cocoanut.
`add chopped pecans to top & sides of frosted cake.

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