Bug’s birthday party was scheduled for February 4th and if I wanted to share in the festivities and eat cake, I had to find one that was ok for me to eat. All the boxed mixes contain soy. Bug loves strawberries and asked for a strawberry cake (chocolate was easy, but not strawberry) and that left me to find a homemade strawberry cake…there are some out there, but they all use strawberry gelatin and not having a box in front of me I didn’t know if there would be soy or natural flavors included…plus I didn’t want the added food coloring, especially since I was already planning on dying the frosting red, green, blue and yellow.
Then I stumbled upon this little gem or a recipe. Rather than strawberry gelatin it used real strawberry puree! Score!
Here’s the recipe copied from the above link.
- 2 ¼ cups cake flour (sifted) (I used All Purpose flour, sifted)
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup butter , room temp (2 sticks)
- 1 ¼ cupssugar
- 2 teaspoons strawberry extract (you can use vanilla if you can’t find strawberry)
- 1 cup whole milk , room temp
- 3 eggs , room temp
- ¾ cup pureed fresh strawberries(or frozen, thawed)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest(I left this out)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Thaw (if necessary) strawberries and puree. Bring butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature.
Combine sifted flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time; mix well after each addition. Next add pureed strawberries and extract and combine well. Gradually add the flour (and baking powder) and the milk alternating between them until completely mixed. Then add lemon zest and juice and mix well.
Lightly grease and flour a 13 X 9 pan or (2) 8″ round pans. Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 min or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Oven times may vary. (Mine was done in 30 minutes, the recipes author did two 8″ pans that were done in 25.)
So the verdict…Darling Hubby asked me to make it again, leaving the frosting off. My complaint was that it didn’t bake up fluffy like a traditional cake, though that might have been because I used AP flour rather than cake flour. It was dense, more like a fudge brownie than cake. It had good flavor, though. Most of the kids ate it, but by the time we had cake they’d filled up on fruits and veggies. lol Despite the cake being soy free, it appears that butter is going to be another issue, but we knew that was a possibility. Hopefully when my gut heals from all the soy damage I’ll be able to introduce milk and butter again (cheese seems to be ok for now).
Oh, and if you want to see the finished decorated cake, here ya go.
I followed the recipe for Wilton’s Fluffy Boiled frosting from the can of meringue powder and dyed it red, blue, yellow and green (the primary lego brick colors). The red was a hit…I just hope it washed off the faces of our guests! lol Hopefully I’ll find time to write about the party tomorrow. The day has gotten away from me and I have things to do before Darling Hubby gets home. 🙂