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Strawberry Cake


  • Author: A Foodie Affair
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Description

Moist and flavorful vanilla cake, with strawberry curd filling and strawberry frosting.


Ingredients

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  • Cake:
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 23/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 21/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c. whole buttermilk
  • 5 egg whites (reserve yolks for strawberry curd)
  • Strawberry Curd:
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. butter, cut in to pieces
  • 1 tsp. strawberry extract
  • Strawberry Frosting:
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz ) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. reserved strawberry puree (from strawberry curd)
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • 6 c. confectioners sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. To make cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three (9 inch) round cake pans. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer, until fluffy. Add vanilla, and beat to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 batches, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  5. In another mixer bowl, beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff. Fold egg white in to cake mixture one-third at a time. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans.
  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 20 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, let cool completely on wire racks.
  7. Spread strawberry curd between layers and frost with strawberry frosting on top and sides of cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.
  8. To make strawberry curd:
  9. In the work bowl of a food processor, process strawberries until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup strawberry puree for Strawberry Frosting.
  10. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add remaining strawberry puree, egg yolks, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until very thick, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat, gradually add butter pieces, whisking until melted. Add strawberry extract, stirring to combine. Let mixture cool slightly, cover, and refigerate 2 hours before using.
  12. To make frosting:
  13. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheeseat medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add strawberry puree and strawberry extract, beating until combined. Gradually add confectioners sugar, beating until a smooth and spreadable consistency is reached.
  14. *As with all frosting’s, if frosting is too thick, thin with a little milk; too thin add more confectioners sugar.

Notes

The prep time includes the 2 hour wait for the curd to set.