Just until last week when I was sitting in my kitchen munching on my two all-time favorite delights – a bundt cake and a strawberry smoothie.
And that was when it happened.
That was when the idea struck me…
“What if… ?”
“What if I merged these two things so that they become one somehow?”
“What if it was possible?”
And right then – at that very precious moment – this strawberry cake was born.
I think my life is complete now.
These are the lovely ingredients that I used.
And these are canned strawberries.
I love the way they look and the way they taste.
It’s unbelievable how great the relationship between strawberries and light sugar syrup can become.
Of course, you can use fresh strawberries, if you prefer those.
1. Throw the strawberries into the blender.
2. Add the cream cheese and the sugar (1 cup – 115 grams confectioner’s) and let all these ingredients dance around in perfect, happy and devoted harmony.
I got carried away for awhile.
What I mean is that you blend them together.
3. Then, in a separate bowl, whip the cream.
4. Pour the strawberry mixture into the whipped cream…
… and fold lightly.
(I used just half the amount of whipped cream I should have. So when you make this cake, your frosting will be much firmer.)
5. Place this heavenly frosting into the fridge for at least 1 hour.
The mixture will get firmer and much easier to work with.
6. Meanwhile, we can prepare the cake batter.
Start by placing two medium bowls in front of you.
Separate the eggs (the egg yolks into one bowl and the egg whites into the other).
7. This is the bowl with the egg yolks.
Pour in the sugar (1 1/4 cup – 250 grams) and the vegetable oil.
8. Combine the ingredients a little with a rubber spatula.
9. After that, mix with a hand mixer for about 3-5 minutes.
10. Then let the milk join the party and mix for another 3 minutes.
The oil and the milk will make the batter wonderfully moist.
And that is a great advantage in the world of cakes.
Many cakes would envy this one its gorgeous structure.
They might be writing their tiny petitions right now.
11. Add the flour and mix shortly.
12. Add the baking powder and give it all one short mix again.
13. Then, redirect your attention to the bowl containing the egg whites.
Whip them and fold them lightly into the yellow, egg-yolk mixture.
14. And here we go – the greased and floured 9-inch (23 cm) spring-form pan meets the heavenly batter.
They like each other.
I can tell by the first look.
15. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean).
I like you.
16. Place the cake (still in the pan) onto a cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.
17. Then remove it from the pan and – AND (!) this is a great trick which keeps amazing me time after time – INVERT the cake.
If you’ve ever wondered – like I did for majority of my life – how some cakes can be so perfectly even on top, then this how (or at least one of the ways how).
Just try it.
You’ll be truly amazed.
18. Let the cake cool completely (this is very important – otherwise the heat could melt the frosting).
19. Using a knife, cut the cake into three layers.
20. Place one layer onto a serving platter.
21. Spread the cake layer with a layer of frosting.
22. Place another layer on top of the frosting and continue to frost and stack the cake layers.
23. Frost the top and the sides of the cake and garnish it with some strawberries.
Then cut one slice, close your eyes and enjoy a very special, overwhelming experience.
And this is the end of the love story called ‘How Bundt Cake met Smoothie’.