This post is all about the cake that I brought to that party. I was basically making the cake as a test to see if I liked the recipe and icing for my son's upcoming second birthday party. He loves strawberries and blueberries.
One difference between the original recipe and what I did is that I used frozen strawberries and blueberries even though it says not to. I let them thaw, then patted them dry. It worked out just fine! Oh, and I also used 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of sour cream in place of the buttermilk, because we were out of it.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups sucanut
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
1 pint fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled and halved
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
-Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
Strawberry Filling Ingredients:
Nature's All Foods Organic Freeze-Dried Strawberries, 1.2 Ounce Pouch (made into a powder in the food processor)
unrefined, homemade powdered sugar
I unfortunately didn't write the recipe down for the frosting, because I just eye-balled everything in a hurry. If I had to go back and guess, I would say that you could use 1/2 stick of butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2/3 cup of freeze dried strawberry powder, and about 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
Cream the butter, then slowly add the powdered sugar and freeze dried strawberries. Add enough heavy cream to make the icing spreadable.
This cake was really good if I do say so myself. I loved the look of it without frosting on top. The fruit is beautiful. If I use this recipe for my son's second birthday, I will feel sad as I cover the pretty berries! I think he would really like this cake, too. I may end up coming up with a way to make it even a bit healthier for him. Don't worry, I'm not going to add cauliflower or anything like that...probably just some wheat flour. You may have noticed all the beautiful colors in the cake, and yet...no food coloring! That is thanks to the freeze dried fruit :)
I hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it. It's definitely found a home in my recipe binder.