As I am sure you all have figured out I like to cook. I can't draw worth a damn or paint a nice bowl of fruit or anything, but I can cook. My love of cooking actually began with baking. I don't do much baking these days because I don't like to measure, it takes too much time and cake tends to make my bottom bigger rather than smaller... Never the less, this weekend my mom decided to host a party, which gave me the perfect opportunity to get my bake on.
As strawberries are in season here in NC, I knew I wanted to feature them in my creation.
I started with this recipe for the cake. The only adjustment I made was to follow the advice of others and use an additional 1/2 cup of milk. I was able to make 3 8 in round cakes. They came out moist and absolutely perfect.
And then I made this frosting. It was super easy to make and so delicious. Its not overly sweet, which let the flavor of the strawberries shine through.
And speaking of those strawberries, I ran down to the Farmers Market and grabbed a freshly picked gallon of beautiful berries. Once home, I gave them a quick wash, cut 'em up, added some sugar and let them sit.
To assemble the cake, I started with a layer of cake (duh), added a blop of icing and then some strawberries. I repeated with the next layers. The top layer was another blop of icing with some artfully arranged strawberries on top. I swear, it was the most beautiful cake I have ever made.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make this cake. I promise your efforts will be well rewarded. And also, promise you will use real, fresh, local strawberries, cause those driven across the country strawberries are no good (sorry, California!).