Jul. 5, 2012 4:16 pm
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:27 am
Ever get a food idea in your head and just HAVE to make it right then? Well it happened to me last night, maybe it was all the read, white, and blue, but a strawberry cake sounded really, really good. Some excellent recipes on here but I didn't have all
the ingredients to any of them, thus the improv. Using the Strawberries and Cream cake recipe as a guide, I began. The only strawberries I had in the house were frozen, so into the Ninja they went for a quick puree. The recipe called for strawberry gelatin
mix but I used 1/4 cup of puree instead. No cake flour so in went AP flour. Folded more puree in until I got the marbled effect. Cake rounds just aren't practical around here unless it's a special occasion, but a 9x13 does suit us very much. Into the oven
it went and I have to admit I didn't set a timer or make note of how long it baked. I use the nose method to know when to check it, I've found that when I can really smell it then it's done. Cooled for a while and that's when I really veered off course.
After poking a few hole in the cake, I mixed a small amount of puree with a bit of half-n-half and brushed a generous amount on the top. More cooling time while I mixed together some frosting. I absolutely love cream cheese icing and was kicking myself for
not buying any at the last grocery store run, so a used decorator's icing instead and added even more puree and half-n-half instead of milk. Another confession, I iced before the cake was completely cool and immediately cut out 2 pieces to get the hubs approval.
It was yummy, like a warm strawberry shortcake!! It would've been better with the cream cheese icing but this was a good start and a great improv! Wonder what I will think of next?