Friday, June 10, 2011

Pretty in Pink Cake with Strawberry Curd Filling and Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

Tis the season for strawberries!  

My Strawberry

O marvel, fruit of fruits, I pause
To reckon thee. I ask what cause
Set free so much of red from heats
At core of earth, and mixed such sweets
With sour and spice: what was that strength
Which out of darkness, length by length,
Spun all thy shining thread of vine,
Netting the fields in bond as thine.
I see thy tendrils drink by sips
From grass and clover's smiling lips;
I hear thy roots dig down for wells,
Tapping the meadow's hidden cells.
Whole generations of green things,
Descended from long lines of springs,
I see make room for thee to bide
A quiet comrade by their side;
I see the creeping peoples go
Mysterious journeys to and fro,
Treading to right and left of thee,
Doing thee homage wonderingly.
I see the wild bees as they fare,
Thy cups of honey drink, but spare.
I mark thee bathe and bathe again
In sweet unclaendared spring rain.
I watch how all May has of sun
Makes haste to have thy ripeness done,
While all her nights let dews escape
To set and cool thy perfect shape.
Ah, fruit of fruits, no more I pause
To dream and seek thy hidden laws!
I stretch my hand and dare to taste,
In instant of delicious waste
On single feast, all things that went
To make the empire thou hast spent.
~Helen Hunt Jackson~

I made this cake a few days ago and everyone really liked it.  The texture of the cake reminds me of that of Italian Creme Cake...moist and somewhat dense.  The strawberry curd in the center is a little tangy and pairs so well with the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting.  Really yummy!

Pretty in Pink Strawberry Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp (appx) vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole buttermilk
5 egg whites, beaten until stiff (save three of the yolks)
Strawberry Curd (recipe follows)
Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing (recipe follows)

Grease and flour 3 (8 inch) round cake pans.   I used two 9" square pans this time.

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until blended.  Add flour, baking powder and salt and buttermilk.  (It is less messy to alternate between the dry and wet ingredients). Fold in egg whites.  Divide batter among the cake pans and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.    Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then remove and finish cooling on wire racks.

Trev helped me make the cake, mostly by licking the pans clean, but he did mix the batter as well.  These are rare photos of him NOT wearing a Boise State t-shirt...
 but still being his normal, weird self...which he swears is all my fault! He told me day before yesterday, and I quote, "I have the coolest, nicest, but weirdest Mom in the world".  Two out of three isn't that bad. I can live with that!  Besides, I don't really mind being weird, and obviously, neither does he.

Ok, back to baking we go.
Now that you've put your cakes in the oven you'll want to prepare the strawberry curd, so here goes:

Strawberry Curd (this is wonderful served on scones, english muffins or shortbread cookies)

1 16 ounce container frozen sliced strawberries in syrup (I partially thawed mine and drained them about 1/2 the liquid away.  If you don't drain the liquid, use a little more cornstarch)
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best but Realemon also works well)
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon strawberry extract (real or imitation will do)

Process strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Set about 1/2 cup of the puree aside for the frosting.
Pour the remaining puree into a saucepan along with the sugar and cornstarch, lemon juice and egg yolks.  Cook over medium heat until thick.  Whisk constantly so that the bottom does not burn.  It should take about 6-8 minutes to thicken.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Because I made a two layer cake I used all of the curd between the two layers.  If you're making a three layer cake you'll of course want to divide the curd into two batches so you've got enough to spread between the cake layers.

Canned Strawberry Curd makes a nice gift!  It keeps in the fridge  for about 3 weeks.

And the icing on the cake....

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup strawberry puree (reserved from the curd)
1 tsp strawberry extract (you can use real or imitation)
about 5-6 cups powdered sugar

Beat butter, cream cheese, strawberry puree and extract until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time and continue mixing between additions until smooth and spreadable.  Frost top and sides of cake.  Garnish with pink sugar crystals and fresh strawberries, toasted almonds...whatever suits your fancy.   I didn't have fresh strawberries on hand so I used some moulded sugar shaped as roses on each corner.  

This frosting is great for cupcakes!

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  1. Hi Nancy, love that cake looks delicious! Congrats to your handsome chef!

    Big Hugs

  2. Your display of the wonderful cake is a work of art.
    - Joy

  3. mmmmm that looks so good! I'm gonna have to try this one!
    Happy Pink Saturday.

  4. I was going to say that cake is a work of art...but someone beat me to it!! So it is true, it is arful and looks yummy. That is a total compliment to include weird! Kids all think their moms are weird!

  5. Oh my goodness I am so glad I stopped by, this cake looks so good, in fact so good I'm printing the recipe! Also I love this blog and all your transfer ware, it is a stunning collection from what I see in the photos above!
    Thank you for sharing this very pink Strawberry cake!

  6. Love the pics of your son helping. Reminds me of my boys working in the kitchen with me. Such sweet memories. The cake looks fabulous. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

  7. Your cake is gorgeous and it looks so pretty with your plates! I made Meyer Lemon curd this year and also raspberry but I had not thought of strawberry- yum!

  8. Happy pink saturday!!!
    Pretty your porcelain.
    I am organizing a virtual party my blog, I invite you to participate if you like it.
    The theme of the party are the fairies.
    On 24 June, "World Day of the fairies".
    You can wear a button to your blog.
    In my blog I have a translator.

  9. Nancy, the cake looks delicious! My husband loves to cook. He was one of four boys and their mom insisted they learn to cook. They all did, and all four are excellent cooks. Fun to see a young guy having fun in the kitchen.
    And your kitchen looks fabulous. Fun to get a peek. I know your've been busy, but all the hard work shows. Have a great weekend. ~ sarah

  10. oh i have to try and make this cake!!

  11. Hi Nancy,

    The cake looks and sounds delicious. Your son's antics crack me up.

  12. Oh Nancy that looks sooo good and what a great way to use those beautiful fresh strawberries!! I'm going to have to indulge!

    Miss Bloomers

  13. I can't wait to try this! It is sooo pretty and sounds delish. Of course, I love strawberry anything. I've never thought of Strawberry Curd ~ duh. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I can't believe how gorgeous your kitchen is ~ you must be working overtime to accomplish so much, so quickly. Can't wait to see the whole house. You are a magician!


  14. Hi Nancy, I'm drooling over this cake...I think I'm going to make it for a baby shower for a boy, so I would do the cream cheese frosting with blueberries?...what do you think? Let me know. Thanks for sharing! Hugs. FABBY

  15. Oh, you're son's so very cute and a good helper! Blessings. FABBY

  16. Yummmmm! I love strawberry jam, strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake and I am sure I would love this strawberry cake!

  17. The cake is beautiful and looks delicious. The plate it is on is gorgeous, and that really cute kid doing the baking, well what can I say...I always admire a mom who makes sure that her kids know how to cook...mine do as well.

  18. Wow!!! That made me want a piece of cake so bad and it is 1am in the morning. LOL, so not going to happen, but it looks delicious.

    Have a wonderful Pink Saturday and a Blessed Week!!!

    Love, Light, & Harmony ~ CindyLew

  19. Yum,yum! That is great that you bake with your kiddos! Your serving platter is beautiful.

  20. Oh my I can feel the kilo's piling on as I look at this wonderful cake. Love your helper...he has done a marvellous job.

  21. I'm going around visiting everyone on today's PINK SATURDAY list.....with my hot cup of coffee, of course! Just wanted to let you know that I was here! Have yourself a great weekend, and stop by my place if you've the time!

    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

  22. That sure looks good and I love strawberries.

  23. YUM, Nancy!

    And Trev, your helper, did a great job, what a cutie. also good to spend quality time, and to have a son helping in the kitchen.

    You look so young - and to have 6 children, WOW!

    I am going to try this recipe, it made my mouth water!

  24. HPS!

    Well...I want some of that cake right now! Great recipe!


  25. Oh my, so mouth watering. I could use a slice of this to pair with my coffee. Thnks for sharing the recipe.


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