With strawberries plentiful around here the moment, I always have them on hand. The other day I whipped up this super easy and tasty Strawberry Snacking Cake. A great one to keep in mind when time is not on your side and you're looking for something fresh and seasonal. Take a look!
Well, I spent the morning searching the internet for cakes. Not my speciality, but I have to make a birthday cake tomorrow and panic is setting in. I don't know why really because nobody is expecting Cake Boss material.
Here's the thing about me and cake. I like baking. I would even stretch it so far as to say I can bake. But I just can't stretch it as far as to say I can decorate. Because truth be told, I just can't. Like at all. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will probably remember me talking about this from time to time. Decorating is like my nemesis. I really detest it, like big time!
So why torture myself with the daunting task of decorating a cake? Well, because I have a girl turning 17 in a few days and she actually asked for a birthday cake! That doesn't always happen so I have to jump at the opportunity to attempt to fail at cake decorating yet again.
Here's what I do know about the cake. It's going to be a chocolate layer cake with vanilla buttercream. Because that was the request. As for the "look", let's say I'm targeting amateur and anything else will be a bonus.
So, this morning on my cake decorating mission, I headed out to check out cake decorating supplies. Surely if I have all the right stuff on hand, I'd be good to go, right? Well, I didn't make it that far and the selection was dismal at best. So I bought some candles, a few sprinkles and called it a day. But I did manage to find some pretty cute candles which I think just might save the day.
I'll let you know how it goes. And if it goes real wall, it might even get a feature on the blog. Well, let's not push it that far, but stranger things have happened on here.
A few years ago, Lola (the daughter in question), requested a funfeti cake! A fun what? You should have seen the look on my face. So, I went to Mr. Google and started looking. They were all so pretty. Just so damn pretty! Mine, not so much. You can take a look a my wonderful funfeti cake here if you need a laugh today. But to my credit, the cake was pretty fine in the eating department...ha!
Notes about the cake:
This was such an easy cake to put together and it turned out so delicious. Oliver (that's my son) and I ate pretty much the entire cake! Eeeek! But it was pretty darn tasty.
It's so easy that there isn't really much to say about it. But I will point out this one thing to help you get a great cake and you will notice it in the recipe below. Before I add fruit to any batter, I coat it in a little flour. This will help it from dropping to the bottom of your cake. If you have ever had this problem in the past, this trick should work a treat. I only used a tablespoon of extra flour for this recipe, and it worked wonders. So give it a try.
You could serve the cake just like this, or dress it up with icing, whipped cream, ice cream, yoghurt, and whatever else you can think of.
Happy baking friends and enjoy the birthdays!
Strawberry Snacking Cake
Serves 8 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Bake time: 20 minutes
1/2 Cup/115 grams butter
1/2 Cup/115 grams sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 Cups/190 grams flour plus one tablespoon, divided
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup/120 grams Greek yoghurt
1 1/2 Cups/225 grams fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line an 8 x 6 inch baking dish. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour (reserving one tablespoon), baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter on high till smooth. Add the sugar and mix for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk in vanilla.
Add half of the flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in yoghurt and then remaining flour.
In a medium bowl add the tablespoon of remaining flour to the strawberries and stir to coat. Fold the strawberries into the batter.
Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs.
Place on a wire rack to cool. Remove from pan when cooled and cut into squares.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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