I remember first having this super-moist strawberry cake at a women’s retreat. It was made in a loaf pan and sliced. It was outstanding! (And it wasn’t even adorned with frosting.) It was delicious. I tracked down who made it and the baker immediately wrote the recipe down on a little spiral notebook page by memory, tore the page out and handed it to me. It quickly became a favorite. I then started making it topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting, because why would I not. Oh my, is it good! Then again, what isn’t good with cream cheese frosting.
And then I made them as cupcakes, because everybody loves a cupcake. And I actually think they work better as cupcakes, because the frosting doesn’t have much body to it and sometimes pours down the cake making a sloppy and not-so-perfect-looking cake.
So when it was my son’s 4th birthday and I asked what kind of cake he wanted and he said, “I would like a Batman strawberry cake.” I giggled thinking about my very active, boyish boy with a pretty pink cake. I began trying to figure out how to honor the batman theme and not compromise the yumminess of the strawberry cream cheese frosting. I ended up making a layered cake, covered in pretty pink cream cheese frosting, topped with a Batman-occupied-Batmobile toy placed on top with a “Happy Birthday Asher” paper banner extending from the vehicle. Somehow it worked. It was boy enough and yummy.
He is 9 now and this remains his most requested birthday cake. I love that. This year was his GOLDEN birthday- turning 9 on his birthday, the 9th. (Golden birthdays are a new concept to me…I missed mine about 30 years ago). He requested… “a strawberry cake…of course”! Here’s the cake.
This cake is also a favorite of my girls, though Lainey is now really more into red velvet cake (like father/ like daughter).
|at Lainey’s 4th birthday party|
We had these for Lucy’s 3rd birthday, last year, and my sister made these adorable ballerina toppers with paper, lollipop sticks and tulle netting. Aren’t they fun!?
A few years ago I made the strawberry cupcakes for a baby shower and my friend, Jessica, who was at the shower loved them and has been talking about them ever since. In fact, she has been asking me since I started this blog, when I was going to post these cupcakes. It just hasn’t been the right time, I’ve had so many other seasonal things I’ve wanted to write about. But when Jessica had a baby a couple of months ago and I took a meal to her, she requested the cupcakes and I made them to celebrate the arrival of her sweet baby girl! I took photos this time so I could finally post the process!
[The cake begins with a white cake mix. Have you ever used the Cake Mix Doctor cookbook? All the recipes in the book begin with a cake mix, and are then ramped up with a bunch of other ingredients. A recipe similar to this is found in that cookbook. The author, Anne Byrn and I agree that homemade frosting is key! ]
|Dave’s favorite part…a container of leftover frosting in the fridge|