Wild Strawberry Cake!
You know you are an adult when you take your first trip to the farmer's market by yourself to buy fresh fruit. I know what your thinking, "She's 27 and never bought fruit?" Don't judge me and my life choices- so I may like chicken nuggets a little bit more than the next person, but I was pretty darn proud of myself walking out of there with my little bag of fresh-smelling goodness.
Today is an important day. My dear cousin is getting married next month and my mom and I are baking her bridal shower cake. With the whole house smelling like we are 2 miles deep in a strawberry field, the wild strawberry cakes are cooling and we are preparing to start on the frosting. I thought I would share some tips with you when baking your own cake:
- When you are incorporating fruit, you always want to simmer the fruit for 5- 10 minutes with a little sugar and water to intensify the fruit's flavor. Once cooled to room temperature, lightly puree before adding to your wet ingredients.
- In my experience, it is better to mix your wet ingredients and your dry ingredients separately. Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients in stages, 1/3 of the mixture each until all is incorporated. Don't overmix. Stop as soon you see the dry ingredients become wet with no large lumps.
- It is always a good idea to get your hands on a decent baking spray (not a cooking spray!!!!) and some parchment paper. Spray in your cake pan and add a piece of parchment paper before you pour in the batter. When your cake is done, it will pop out in one clean piece. Anyone that has had a cake stick to the bottom of the pan will understand the joy when it works correctly.
Now, we get to my favorite part of this process: DECORATING!!!!!!!!! The vanilla buttercream has a soft, smooth, pillow-like consistency and the flavor is slightly sweet with just a hint of vanilla. This will compliment the intensity of the wild strawberry flavor perfectly. After applying the crumb coat, we are meticulously working on the finishing coat to achieve a fondant like appearance. For this particular cake, simple and elegant piping will be used so that the focal point of the cake is the delicately placed fresh fruit.
We are glad you spent a few minutes with us. We'll be back soon with another mother/daughter baking adventure!