Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Cake

Fresh Strawberry Cake | This cake features loads of fresh strawberries and a light whipped cream topping.  It's PERFECT for summer!!
Ingredients
    For the Cake
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • For the Strawberry Frosting (See note below!)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 pints (~2 pounds) strawberries, stems and hulls removed
Instructions
    For the Cake
  1. Grease and flour 2 9” round cake pans; set aside. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well combined; set aside.
  3. Using a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add about ½ of the flour mixture to the bowl; mix on low speed until well combined.
  5. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and approximately half of the milk to the bowl. Mix on low until well combined.
  6. Add the remaining flour mixture; mix on low until well combined.
  7. Add the remaining milk; mix on low until well combined. (Tip: Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are fully mixed.)
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 cake pans. Bake at 325°F for 34-36 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  9. For the Strawberry Frosting
  10. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. (Make sure to beat until whipped cream is very stiff--stiffer than "normal"--but take care not to overbeat.)
  11. In the bowl of a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened cream cheese on high speed until light and fluffy. (Tip: Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice during this step.)
  12. Add the sugar and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until fully combined.
  13. Meanwhile, chop about 3/4 of the strawberries into 1/3"-1/2" cubes.
  14. Add the chopped strawberries to the bowl and mix until fully combined. (Note: The frosting will turn pink; mix until frosting is uniform in color.)
  15. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the whipped cream. Stir until well combined.
  16. To Assemble the Cake
  17. Place one layer of cake on a large plate. Frost the top of the layer with Strawberry Frosting. Place the second layer of cake on top and frost the top of the cake.
  18. Using an offset spatula, frost the sides of the cake. (Note: It is helpful to refrigerate the frosting for about 20-30 minutes before frosting the sides of the cake.)
  19. Slice the remaining strawberries and garnish the top of the cake with the slices.
Notes
Baker's Note #1: Update based on readers' comments In order for the whipped cream frosting to be stiff enough for the cake, the cream should be whipped longer than normal. You don't want to create butter, but the cream should be whipped past the stiff peaks stage. Alternatively, you can either increase the amount of cream cheese by 4 oz. or reduce the amount of heavy cream by 1 cup. This will produce a frosting that is a bit more stable...making it easier to frost the cake. I hope this helps!
Baker's Note #2: The cake pictured in this post actually has 3 layers. I normally make this cake in 2 layers, and the recipe below is for the 2-layer version. If you'd like to make the 3-layer version, just make 1.5x the recipe.
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We should all be Eating more Turmeric, here's Why...

Who needs medication when nature gave us turmeric. Take a look at the incredible health benefits of this plant.
The Many Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Digestive Aid
- Blood Purifier
- Anti-inflammatory
- Wound Healer
- Skin Tonic
- Analgesic
- Anti-viral
- Anti-bacterial 
- Anti-fungal
- Antiseptic
- Anti-carcinogenic 
- Fat Metabolizer
- Cholesterol Reducer
- Gas Reducer
- Expectorant

Treating Illness-- It's the Curcumin...

Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. It inhibits inflammatory reactions, has anti-diabetic effects, reduces cholesterol among other powerful health effects. A recent study led by a research team in Munich showed that it can also inhibit formation of metastases.
Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential health benefits.
Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste. By blending it with sweet fruit, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. This recipe is so tasty and nutritious, you could have it daily.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

If you wanted to create the perfect smoothie with anti-cancerous properties, potent anti-inflammatories, as well as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal constituents, look no further than adding turmeric. Although turmeric has a lightly bitter taste, you won't even notice it in this delicious recipe that will have you craving it daily.
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This recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. Not only will it increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will clear your mind and infuse your body with some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Now that's a great breakfast idea!
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Healing....

Answers are more intelligent than the questions

I`ve got my thinking cat on...

Awwe

Cat begging for treats.

I see you now....

Years teach us more than books.- Berthold Auerbach




THE SERENITY PRAYER

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY
TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE;
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN;
AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME;
ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME;
ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE;
TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD
AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT;
TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT
IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL;
THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE
AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM
FOREVER IN THE NEXT.
AMEN.

--REINHOLD NIEBUHR