Monday, May 24, 2010

Strawberry Cake!

At a birthday party, I had a homemade Paula Deen Strawberry Cake.
But something about it wasn't "right". 
The cake was heavy. 
The icing was too rich.
The cake was still yummy, but not "I've died and gone to heaven!"

And I wanted to achieve that... 

I searched one of my go-to recipe sites - www.myrecipes.com
This site is a collection of recipes from the makers of Southern Living, Cooking Light, Coastal Living and all the magazines that fall into similar categories.

The recipe for Fresh Strawberry Cake just felt like a winner! 
The strawberry content was high.
The cake only used 3 egg whites (not 4 whole eggs like the PD recipe and made it heart healthy and light!).
The icing was cool whip! 
All around it seemed perfect.

The cake certainly looked perfect.


I began with my yummy strawberries!

I pureed fresh strawberries (instead of using frozen strawberries).
I fully believe that this helped add to the yummy rich flavor of the cake.


I had a photo of the cake after it cooked, but I do not know what happened to them! 
(I am not at my own computer and will not have access for several weeks!)
Anywho, the cake looked amazing without the cool whip and berries!


I pureed strawberries and stirred in with the cool whip for the icing. 
Such a wonderful idea! 

The cake was moist and smooth.
The whipped topping added a hint of sweetness without overpowering the depth of the strawberries.
The almonds were the perfect compliment to the yummy goodness.
And with each bite, I really did feel as if I had died and gone to heaven. 

Trying this recipe, you will not be disappointed. 

Fresh Strawberry Cake
(adapted from myrecipes.com)

Ingredients


2 cups of fresh strawberries, pureed
1 package of white cake mix
1 (3 oz) package strawberry gelatin
1 1/4 cups cold water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
3-5 fresh strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons sliced natural almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°.
Puree the 2 cups of strawberries.  Set aside.
Combine cake mix and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at low speed 30 seconds.
Add 1 1/2 cups of pureed strawberries; beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
Pour into two 8" round cake pans coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 28 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center.
Cool completely in pan before removing.

Add 1/2 cup pureed strawberries to the thawed whipped topping.
Spread whipped topping over top of cake. Place 2nd round on top.  Spread whipped topping around entire cake.
Arrange sliced strawberries on whipped topping, overlapping slightly.
Sprinkle almonds over cake.

Enjoy!



5 comments:

Young Mom/Wife said...

Holy Cow this sounds AMAZING!!! We are headed to the store tomorrow and you better believe I will be getting the ingredients for this cake. =)

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

My son has been loving strawberry anything. I am saving this recipe and making it soon. Thanks for sharing.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This looks sooooo yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I can't wait to make it with our yummy strawberries!

Tiffany said...

I'm very tempted to make this cake!!

Busy Mummy said...

new reader here :) Just thouught I would say hi and the cake looks delicious!!

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