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.
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.
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.
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