Hey there– Finally, real strawberries are in town. If you live in southern California, there are “strawberry shacks” in most cities, with berries right from the fields. So baking up cakes for Michelle’s baby shower, strawberry cake was on the list! It’s so easy, using a cake mix and basic cream cheese frosting, with a carton of fresh strawberries thrown in.
SIMPLE STRAWBERRY CAKE
1 strawberry cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped to bits
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pound box powdered sugar
1 cup strawberries, chopped
whole strawberries to top the cake
Make the cake according to the directions on the box, stirring in the strawberries at the end. Bake in pans sprayed with cooking spray at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until the cake is firm to the touch. Let it cool completely before frosting it.
With the electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. When they are all blended beat in the strawberry bits (this will turn the frosting a pale pink). Frost the cake and top with more whole strawberries and (non-toxic) leaves from your garden.
Pretty and pink– just right for a baby shower!
P.S. We have lemon geranium growing in the side yard with these nice ruffly leaves that work great with food and are perfect with just about any cut flowers for the table.