January 19, 2012

Strawberry birthday cake

Strawberry summer cake

 (photo courtesy: Venky Rao)

My little one recently turned 2. He is officially a toddler. How time has flown! I remember holding him, seeing him crawl, learning how to walk and now he is running around proclaiming his independence. He wants to do everything "self" and of course it takes twice as long. He recently tasted cake and has shown a preference for cake without icing.

So for his birthday I decided to make a simple cake. Since he has been going around asking for pink ice-cream, I though a strawberry birthday cake will pair well with it. I came across a recipe for strawberry cake at Smitten Kitchen which looked delicious. I baked the cake and it got rave reviews from everyone. Aswin's niece declared it as "divine" and "super delicious". Ameya ate a few bites as well. Thank you Smitten Kitchen for this wonderful recipe!

I made a few tweaks adding a couple of t-spoons of olive oil along with butter and used brown sugar instead. And like she described, the edges were faintly crisp and gave a wonderful flavor to the cake. This is probably one of few cakes that uses only 1 egg in the ingredients. Here is how to make it:

Strawberry summer cake


Ingredients:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups  flour (I used whole wheat and barley flour mix)
1 1/2 tspoons baking powder
1/2 tspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tbspoons sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved

Method:
Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Butter a  9-inch cake pan and flour and keep it aside. Strain flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl.

In a larger bowl, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy for about 3 minutes. The butter shouldn't be liquid, just soft. I melted mine and had to put it in the fridge again. Once it's fluffy, mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined.

Once it's done, add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.

Pour into cake pan. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

Bake cake for 10 minutes at 350 deg F then reduce oven temperature to 325 deg F and bake cake for 50-60 min till the toothpick comes out clean.

Strawberry summer cake
(photo courtesy: Venky Rao)

Let cool in pan on a rack. 

Strawberry summer cake
 
Cut into wedges and serve with ice-cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to you lil one, 2 years yeah indeed the years will fly. And the cake looks so so good, wish it was strawberry season here.

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  2. Happy 2nd birthday to little Ameya and best wishes for a bright year. The cake looks wonderful, studded with plump berries.

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  3. Happy birthday to ur lil darling..Incredible cake, simply makes me drool..

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  4. 2 already ??? Time does fly.

    Much happiness and love to Ameya on his 2nd birthday. Lovely cake it is.

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  5. lovely cake.
    Happy Birthday to Ameya

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  6. Happy belated birthday to ur girl. Tats a delicious cake!

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  7. Strawberry cake looks fabulous! Happy Birthday to the little one -- they grow so fast :)

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  8. happy birthday to the lil one... awesome cake...

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  9. First time to your space... Strawberry cake looks fab!Happy Belated Birthday to the little one:)your clicks are mouthwatering!!

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  10. cake looks great.this recipe is new to me..:)

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