Sunday, March 27, 2011
If there is one thing that everyone here seems to be in agreement with, it is the fact that we are done with winter! We are all ready for spring and sunshine and green grass and BBQ's in the backyard, but our backyards are still full of snow!
In an attempt to bring some 'spring' into the house, I decided to try out my new 6" cake pans and make a spring-inspired cake!
I used my favourite recipe for strawberry cupcakes as the base of this recipe. This recipe is so wonderfully moist and flavourful! Right before I added the strawberries to the batter, I removed 1/3 of the batter and added lemon juice and lemon zest. The smell of lemon reminds me of warm sunny days!
For the strawberry buttercream I used my new favourite buttercream recipe. I love how the strawberry buttercream looks, it is such a pretty colour and I really like how you can see all of the strawberry bits in it.
Since I didn't need very much lemon buttercream because I was only using it to fill two layers of the cake, I just grabbed some leftover vanilla buttercream from my fridge, and whipped in some fresh lemon zest and lemon juice! I then amped up the colour by adding a bit of yellow gel food colouring. This was actually the only part of the cake that I added food colouring too; all of the pink in the strawberry buttercream and the strawberry cake layers came from the fresh strawberries!
I baked two pans of strawberry cake, and one pan of lemon cake. I then cut each cake in half in order to alternate the layers and obtain a tall 5-layer Strawberry Lemon Cake!
Yes, I did have one layer of strawberry cake left over in the end. I used it to make a cute and tasty dessert for John and I to enjoy after dinner that night! (post to come)
This cake was so delicious! I loved how tall it was, without being a massive cake. The fresh lemon and strawberry flavours were the perfect 'pick-me-up' we needed while we wait for spring.
I hope everyone else is getting much nicer weather than we are! I'm still rocking the scarf and mittens every time I step outside!