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Strawberry-Laced Vanilla Cake


Last year I was given a year subscription of American Cake Decorating magazine as a Christmas gift by SIL and BIL.Mostly all the cake recipe in the magazine used cake flour.I want to try out the recipe but can't find cake flour in any of our regular market.But last week when I was shopping at a new reface Wal-mart I saw cake flour on their baking shelf.I was excited and quickly grab a box of the cake flour.Con-incidentally Sunday was MIL birthday and I took this opportunity to bake a birthday cake for her using cake flour.I adapted the recipe from the cake flour box and adjust the quality and flavour to suit what I had.This cake texture is really soft and moist..Too bad the weather is quite hot and humid,the icing was slightly melted..








Ingredients:

2 cups cake flour

2/3 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup butter.softened

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp clear vanilla

3 large eggs

1 cup strawberry jam



Strawberry Cream Frosting:

2 cups butter,at room temperature

1 tsp clear vanilla

2 lbs powdered sugar,about 7 1/2 cups

1 cup strawberry jam

some berries for decoration

some pearl sprinkle for decoration



Yield 12-15 serving.

Method:

1:Preheat oven to 350F..Spray 2x 9 inch round cake pans generously with non-stick spray with flour

2:Sift cake flour,baking powder,salt and baking soda in a medium bowl,set aside.

3:Beat softened butter and sugar with electric mixer on high speed until fluffy.Beat in flour mixture,milk,vanilla and eggs on medium speed until blended,scraping bowl occasionally.Beat 2 minutes or longer.Spread batter evenly into prepared pans.

4:Bake 19 -23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.Cool 10 minutes,remove from pans to wire rack.Then cool completely before icing.

5:Beat room temperature butter and vanilla in mixer bowl in electric mixer until light and fluffy.Gradually add powdered sugar and strawberry jam.Blend until well combined.Place 1/2 cup frosting in a pastry bag fitted with # 2 or #4 tip for pipping.
decorated with blackberries
and blueberries
Level cake layers as necessary.Cut each cake horizontally to make 2 layers by marking the side of cake with toothpicks and cutting with along ,thin serrated knife.
Place 1 layer of side up on serving plate or tray:spread with 1/3 of strawberry jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge.Top with other half of layer,spread with strawberry frosting/icing.Repeat with remaining of layers.
Frost the side and top of the cake.Pipe the remaining frosting top of the cake level and top with your favourite berries and sprinkle.Refrigerate cake to set frosting.Allow cake to stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes before serving


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13 comments:

Denise said...
August 14, 2009 at 7:12 AM

What a beautiful cake. I love that the jam is in the cake and the frosting.

nora@ffr said...
August 14, 2009 at 8:56 AM

wow!! vat a pretty yummy strawberry cake!! yumm yumm!! already craving :)
have a nice weekend!!
cheers!!

nyonya pendek melaka said...
August 14, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Your cake is just beautiful. I love the pink color frosting and the layers of it in between. Sooo pweetie!

pigpigscorner said...
August 14, 2009 at 12:02 PM

awwww it's beautiful!

Little Corner of Mine said...
August 14, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I love the color and your decoration, it's a sweet and pretty cake for MIL.

Jane of All Trades said...
August 14, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Lesley, wow.. my birthday is May 7.. *hint* *hint*

ICook4Fun said...
August 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I love baking cakes but too lazy to decorate that is why you see all my cake 'botak' You did a great job decorating the cake. Its beautiful. I am sure you MIL is very happy with it.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...
August 15, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Denise:
Thank you for your kind words:)

nora:
Thank you for dropping by and kind words:)

NP Melaka:
thank you for your kind words:)

PPC:
Thank you:)

LCOM:
Thank you:)


JOAT:
come to NY ma,then I bake one pretty cake wt plenty of sprinkle and fruit for you,ok?

Icook4fun:
Thank you:) yes I notice you don't like deco...I like deco but sadly I can't bake all the time coz no one will eat...I gave away to neighbours and the life guard at pool..Eliot ask why we feed all the neighbourhood? hahaha!

daphne said...
August 16, 2009 at 12:16 AM

I'm such a klutz with frosting- so envious of your beautiful cake!!!!

ps- hv an award for u too! come and claim it. =)

MamaFaMi said...
August 16, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Waahhh pretty pink cake!
Happy birthday to your MIL.

A & W said...
August 19, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Oh wow this is beautiful! Your icing job is impeccable. I am a sucker for pink frosted cakes that don't use food coloring as well. Thanks for the great recipe!
-Whitney

Beachlover's Kitchen said...
August 19, 2009 at 8:58 PM

daphne:
thank for your kind words and wonderful award:)

Mamafami:
Thank you,baru belajar deco deco ni:)

Whitney:
Thank you for dropping by and your kind words:) yes I didn't use food coloring but use Smucker strawberry Jelly to mix wt icing.

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About the Author:

Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.