I have been away from this space for far too long. After a long winter of constant illness, including the flu, I’m finally regaining some energy. I’m back and ready to bake, cook, write and share all of this with you.
So where do we begin? We begin with a simple white cake with whipped strawberry frosting. This cake is light and fresh, reminiscent of spring and brighter days. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
See you soon with more stories and recipes to share.
Simple White Cake with Whipped Strawberry Frosting
recipe adapted from Bake from Scratch
Makes 1 9-inch cake
Ingredients for cake:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 + 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 + 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour two 9 inch cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Grab a medium bowl and sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add vanilla and almond extract. Lower the speed on the mixer and add the flour mixture alternating with the milk. You should begin and end this process with the flour mixture. Beat until just combined. Transfer batter to a large bowl and set aside.
Next, beat the egg whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Be sure to use a clean bowl when beating the egg whites! Fold half of the egg whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Divide batter evenly between pans.
Bake until the cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 25-20 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Next, make the whipped strawberry frosting.
Whipped Strawberry Frosting
1/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 + 1/4 cups whipping cream, chilled
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Place freeze-dried strawberries in your food processor and pulse until they turn into a powder. Set aside. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar and salt. Add fresh chopped strawberries and the strawberry powder and beat until combined. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
Clean the bowl of the stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment. Beat cream and orange juice on medium speed. Slowly, add the confectioners’ sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the cream mixture into the cream cheese strawberry mix. Next, add the remaining cream. Use the whipped frosting immediately, decorating cake layers as desired.
Refrigerate the cake until ready to use. Bring to room temperature before serving. The cake tastes best the day it is made. Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container. Enjoy!
5 Spring Cake Links
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