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Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

2 Jan

January 2nd, 2012

Happy 2012!

In celebration of New Year’s Day, I made a strawberry cake yesterday- inspired by the Prom Queen cupcake that I recently tried at That Takes the Cake in San Francisco’s Union Street location. The strawberry flavor was so strong and pungent that I wanted to recreate my own!

I found Sprinkle’s strawberry cupcake recipe via Martha Stewart’s website and modified it a bit. Unfortunately, strawberry season is over, but I was able to pick some up at Sprouts Farmer’s Market. Though not the biggest or sweetest strawberries, they did the job. I pureed the strawberries until I got very fine pieces. I used the fresh strawberry puree in the cake batter, as well as for the frosting. Since I’m not a big fan of plain buttercream, I made a cream cheese strawberry frosting. Slices of strawberries are packed in the center of the two-layer cake.

The cake definitely satisfied my strawberry craving! I’m looking forward to strawberry season in the spring- can’t wait for all the strawberry creations.

Hope everyone is having a great start to 2012. Here’s to a new year of baking and blogging!

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Filled with fresh Strawberries

Surrounded with vanilla wafers

Cappuccino-Chocolate Mousse Cake

31 Jul

July 31st, 2011

I decided to change things up a bit and instead of making chocolate cupcakes, I made a cake. I also had a birthday celebration in which I wanted to make a cake for so it was another reason to switch from the usual cupcakes.  I found the cake recipe in the Bon Appetit book, but modified it a little and instead of using fudge frosting, I opted for a mousse frosting.  I added a lot of espresso powder to the cake batter because I love the smell and taste of espresso. The espresso and chocolate combination makes this cake very rich, but the lite and fluffy mousse balances out the cake part. (I could have eaten just the mousse alone…I had to refrain from licking the spatula!)

I’ve been seeing a lot of strawberries at the grocery store for cheap lately. So I picked some up to add to this birthday mousse cake.

Happy Birthday, July Babies!

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