Sunday, April 27, 2008

Birthday de Moi!

I have an obsession with strawberries, it would seem, since they make me unreasonably happy. I'm sure it stems from childhood stuff (see user pic of Strawberry Shortcake birthday) but I don't care. I asked my mom for a strawberry cake for my birthday last week and this beautiful creation is what she produced. I didn't make it myself so I could exclude it from my food blog but I can't keep the pretty away. PINK!


STRAWBERRY CAKE
  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry-flavored gelatin powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup mashed strawberries or sweetened frozen strawberries

Combine cake mix and gelatin powder in a large bowl. Beat in oil, eggs, water, and strawberries. Pour into 2 9-inch round greased and floured cake pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely before icing.


STRAWBERRY FROSTING

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup mashed strawberries or remaining sweetened frozen strawberries (drain juice)

Beat the butter/shortening and confectioners' sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add strawberries. Spread between cake layers, then frost top and sides.

4 comments:

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy Birthday!
What a stunning cake. I love pink, too. :)

Grace said...

if my mom made a cake like that for my birthday, i'd look forward to it a whole lot more... :)

have a good one!

Anonymous said...

Aww, happy birthday! Today is my birthday...I have a theory that all late April/early May babies are born into loving strawberries. We grew strawberries on our farm when I was a kid and my mom never failed to make angelfood cake with macerated berries....SO GOOD. Your cake is beautiful!

SuzyQT said...

I always asked for a pink cake when I was little. Okay...maybe I still do and I just turned 40! Beautiful cake..and Happy Birthday!