This was totally different. When I asked MR about what she wanted for a cake, the first thing that came to her mind was Strawberry Cake. I was thinking, oh snap! I definitely didn't want to make a cake out of the box since this was a special day.
Originally, I intended to have a sit down dinner, but we changed the time. We made it more like a spread of various nibbles such as Gourmet Chicken Salad, Avocado Pico de Gallo, MC's Bruschetta and, of course the star of the show, Strawberry Cake. Personally, this is an anytime type of cake. The recipe I actually obtained from GothicGirl at www.allrecipes.com with the exception of my Buttercream Icing.
2 cups sugar
1 3 oz package Jello gelatin, strawberry
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 3/4 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1/2 cup strawberry puree (you can use frozen strawberries)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Buttercream Icing (from Italian Cream Cupcakes minus the nuts).
First off, this cake that I made was a double batch of the recipe. Preheat the oven at 350. Grease and flour the cake pans you intend to use. I am using two different cake pans.
Add the eggs one at a time to your mixture. Beat the mixture each time in order for the eggs to incorporate well with the batter.
Sift the flour and baking powder. Stir the flour into the batter alternating with the whole milk. Mix well with the blender.
Add the strawberry puree and vanilla. Remember, I am using frozen strawberries rather than fresh. Mix well. Place into the cake pans and into the oven.
Bake the cake for about 30 minutes, but since I have done a double batch I add an additional 10 minutes. Check first at 25 minutes. Use some toothpicks to see if the cake is done. If the toothpick comes out clean, then its done. Allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before taking off of the pan and allowing to cool through.
Now use the same recipe for the icing as you did with the Italian Cream Cupcakes. Keep in mind that I am nut adding nuts to this as it was part of the request of the bride to be. So I did the same thing as I did with Italian cream: butter, vanilla, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Put this off to the side until you are ready to ice the cake.
I then wanted to make it a little fancy despite my lack of cake decorating skills. I obtained a 1.5 pint of strawberries. I washed them and made sure they were dry. Then got a package of white chocolate and melted it in a double boiler. Mix this until softened. Dip the strawberries into the chocolate and allow to set. Since it was rather hot, I placed them in the refrigerator in order for the berries to fully set faster. I drizzled it with blue icing and voila! Chocolate covered strawberries! Of course some decorated the cake and I had leftovers off to the side.
Needless to say, the couple loved the cake as did all of the guests. This is the first time I, along with some close coworkers and friends, put together a wonderful spread. Luckily, we got both MR and JC to practice with their cake cutting. We had a wonderful time and I have to say we outdid ourselves, but I would do it again for this special friend. Congrats MR and JC in their coming nuptials!