May 18, 2014

White Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting




This is the best white cake I have ever made or tasted.  I ate so much of it, I went to bed sick - seriously.   Have you ever eaten so much of one thing that you can't even think about eating it the next day?  


I don't usually make cakes "from scratch".    But this, dear friends, was delicious and well worth the extra effort.


This cake is more yellow in appearance and not white because I used whole eggs instead of egg whites.

This is how I made it:

White Cake:

1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, sifted
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups 2% milk, at room temperature (Why 2%  milk?  Because that's what I had  on hand)

Strawberry Buttercream:

2 boxes of powdered sugar
2 sticks of butter
strawberry puree
heavy whipping cream

Strawberry Puree:

Fresh Strawberries
Sugar

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour the bottom and sides of three six-inch round cake pans.  

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and combine.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the mixer in small batches.  Beat on high speed for three minutes, scraping down sides of mixing bowl, as necessary.

Divide the cake batter evenly into three pans.

Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle of cakes comes out clean. 

Let the cakes cool.  Remove from pans.

To make the strawberry puree:

Top four to six large strawberries and slice.  Pulse in a food processor with a tablespoon or so of sugar.

To make strawberry buttercream:

Cream butter in mixing bowl.  Add powdered sugar, in batches.  Add in the strawberry puree and heavy whipping cream until desired consistency.  (I used more of the puree than the heavy cream).

To assemble the cake, you will have to cut the dome off of each cake.  Frost in between each layer, stacking them as you go, and then frost entire cake with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Serve to family and friends. 


















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