Strawberry Cake

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I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday at her request.  Actually, she asked for a strawberry cake so I was unsure whether she meant a cake with strawberries or a strawberry flavored cake.  I went with the cake with strawberries.  I hunted around for a recipe and found this recipe posted by BecR on Food.com .  It is fabulous.

It’s an easy cake to make and it looks like you were working all day.  I made the cake layers from a box but you can make homemade or buy the layers in a bakery.

In the second not-very-good picture, I just wanted you to be able to see where exactly to put the strawberries. I should never be allowed to cut cakes or pies, LOL!

Strawberry Cake

2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
3 tbsps sugar
2 (9 inch) white cake layers, already baked
6 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Make or purchase the white cake layers and allow to completely cool if baking.

Mix the strawberries with the sugar in a medium bowl and set aside at room temp for about 30 or so minutes. Put aside a few strawberries for garnish if you so desire.

Using a mixer on medium, whip the cream cheese and powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the cream until it starts to thicken, then increase to high and beat until soft peaks form. Do not over mix.

To assemble the cake: Place one layer on serving plated and layer half of the sweetened strawberries over the top and press gently. Spread about 1/3 of the frosting CAREFULLY over the strawberries to within about 1/2 inch of the sides.

Place the second layer on top and press down gently. Do the same with the strawberries. Frost the sides and top of the cake.

Decorate the cake as desired.

Store in the fridge.

Makes 8 servings

Happy Cooking!

Fresh Strawberry Mini Muffins

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Hands down the most popular recipe on my blog is Fresh Strawberry Muffins.  This recipe for mini muffins is different but just as good.  It’s very easy to make.  I used the strawberries from my first CSA pick-up.  The berries were super sweet and worked really well in this recipe since there isn’t much sugar.  The recipe said it made 36 but I didn’t make nearly that many ~ about 22 or so.

Fresh Strawberry Mini Muffins

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Heat oven to 375º and spray 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another smaller bowl, mix the milk, oil, and egg.

Add wet mixture to dry, stirring just enough to mix it together. Do not over mix or the muffins will be tough. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries.

Divide mixture up between the muffin cups and sprinkle sugar over the tops of the muffins.

Bake for 12 to 16 minutes (mine took the whole 16 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 3 minutes and then remove from pan to a rack to continue cooling or eat them while warm.

Makes 36 muffins although I made considerably less.

Happy Cooking!

Easy Strawberry Pie

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Hooray!  I finally found a strawberry pie recipe that actually cuts into a pie shape instead of having pie soup on my plate.  Plus it has the added bonus of having jell-o in it and I LOVE jell-o, LOL!

You can make your own pie crust or buy a premade one ~ either way, this pie is nice and strawberry tasting!

Easy Strawberry Pie

1 (9 inch) baked and cooled pie crust
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 cup water
1 (3 ounce) pkg strawberry jell-o (I used sugar free)
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries, I just chunked mine up and kept the small ones whole

In a medium sized saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and stir int he jell-o until it is dissolved. Refrigerate this mixture until slightly cooled ~ about 15 minutes.

Arrange berries in the pie crust and pour cooled jell-o over the them. Refrigerate until set.

Makes 8 servings.

Happy Cooking!