Friday 6 May 2016

Birthday Cake #2 Fresh Strawberry Cake

I spend hours on end stalking incredible baking blogs & Instagram accounts with perfectly piped works of art and I really do aspire to one day give piping a proper crack, but for now I'm really enjoying my slightly messy masterpieces that any Tom, Dick or Sally can bake at home with their own hands, a wooden spoon & mixing bowl.

I hope you lot don't mind that my bakes look slightly less than perfect! So long as they taste good ey :)

If you missed my Crushed Oreo Buttercream Cake yesterday, then nay worries as it's pretty much the same recipe; so you might as well double the mixture and make both cakes at the same time! :) More cake = more happy bellies.

What you'll need for the strawberry cake //

110g unsalted butter (room temp)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder
couple drops vanilla extract

40g softened butter
190g icing sugar
100g cream cheese
half punnet of strawberries

x1 20cm baking tin

What to do //

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (fan) and grease and line a 20cm baking tin.

In a large mixing bowl cream together your sugar & butter.

Whisk your eggs and pour into the mixture along with the vanilla extract.

Sift in your flour and baking powder and mix until the flour has just disappeared.

Pour into your greased tin and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, popping a skewer in to check it comes out clean.

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting - mix the butter with an electric hand mixer for a couple of minutes. Sift in the icing sugar 50g at a time, mixing as you go. Add the cream cheese and mix for a further 2 minutes.

Finely chop 2 strawberries onto a piece of kitchen roll and dab to get rid of excess liquid. Stir into the frosting.

When your sponge has completely cooled, smother the frosting all over! Decorate however you wish, just be sure to dry the strawberries as much as you can so they don't make the frosting too wet.

Try your hardest not to face plant the cakes. It was tempting to ruin two things of such beauty!

Enjoy your weekends everyone! Hooray for this glorious sunshine! I'm off to play rounders in the park on Sunday which I'm super psyched for. What have you got planned?

Betty x

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  1. They both look gorgeous, especially the strawberry cake! Hope it tasted as good as it looks. Have a fab weekend. Angharad x

    1. Thanks Angharad! mmm it certainly did live up to it's looks :) xx

  2. I love how you've presented your strawberry cake Betty, with those gorgeous berries studded around the makes me think of how inviting Mary berry's Frasier cake is! Yum!
    Angela x

    1. Thanks Angela! That's made my day :) ooo yes just googled it, that looks delicious! x

  3. What a tempting combo! I think I would have to have a slice of each!

    Claudia xx

    1. mmm me too .... well, I did....have many slices of each...oops :)


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