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Friday, February 4, 2011

Strawberry Cake for Valentine's Day!

Yippee it's the weekend!


This week there are lots of Valentine's Parties going on so I am sharing a recipe for a heart-shaped strawberry cake.



I love strawberries and we seem to have an abundance of them at the moment and they are so sweet and juicy. 



I had so many at one stage though, that I knew I had to eat them quickly or they would go, well, yucky. So I tried to find some recipes for a strawberry cake but they all required packet cake mix and strawberry jello mix and I had neither of these things. Finally I just adapted a recipe I already had for a banana cake and here it is...


First, I preheated the oven to 325F/170C degrees. I wanted to use my heart shaped tin so I lined it with baking paper and sprayed it with just a little bit of oil. I placed about 2 cups of strawberries that had been cleaned and hulled in a microwave safe dish with 1/4 cup of water and zapped them for about 2 minutes on medium heat. These measurements are not accurate because I used a very large punnet of strawberries that I purchased from the markets a few days before.

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I then put 3 cups self-rising wholemeal flour, 3/4 cup white chocolate chips and 1cup of white sugar in a mixing bowl with 1/2cup of vegetable oil and mixed these ingredients together.  When the strawberries had cooled down a little I added those to the mixture along with 3 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and 4 large beaten organic eggs. After mixing everything together I poured the batter into the tin.


Just look at this sweet and yummy pink goodness!


I baked the cake in the middle rack for about 35-45 minutes...you always have to check these things yourself...I tend to use the old "stick the skewer in the middle of the pan" trick but many people favour  the "top springs back when gently pressed with your fingertips" method.


When cooked to perfection I let it sit for about 10 minutes.



Then I placed the cake on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes, top side up.


It would have been delicious with some frosting of some kind but I just iced it with a basic icing made with powdered sugar and water and covered it with more strawberries and served it with vanilla bean ice-cream. The cake was still a little warm so the icing didn't stick, but I really suggest serving it warm.




 We shared this cake between 6 adults and 4 children and look at what was left at the end of the night....



I don't want to boast but it really was yummy! 

It was so nice to see you today-thanks for spending 5 minutes with me! Thanks also to SarahMichael LeeCindy, Jessa Irene,  Jen, Holly, The Girl Creative, Beverly and the Everyday Sisters for hosting these great linky parties each week. 

Have a wonderful weekend!
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55 comments:

  1. This looks incredibly delicious! It's also a feast for the eyes.

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  2. The heart shaped pan really shows the love! YUMMY!!! :O)

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  3. Your cake sounds great Natasha, and it sure looks like everyone enjoyed it:@)

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  4. This looks wonderful! I posted your party button on my side bar too :}

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  5. Your cake looks delicious and pretty! Thanks for sharing how you made it!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. Natasha -- this is such a lovely cake and it looks so good! Joni

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  7. I'm your newest follower.
    http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  8. This cake looks melt in your mouth good!!

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  9. Natasha, I'd love a piece of that cake right now. Love strawberries and this looks delicious! ~ Sarah

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  10. Beautiful and it must have been delicious cause it was gone gone gone!
    Glad you saved me a piece tho! ~wink~
    ~Rainey~
    http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com

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  11. The cake looks delicious. With the glaze is almost looks like a giant glazed donut. Yum!

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  12. Thanks for the recipe for the scrummy cake. I love strawberries too! I love it how people are getting into the Valentine's mood. We could all do with a bit of love and romance being spread around. I have your Valentine's Song button on my Blog and I have my song for the 13th all ready! How organized is that?!

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  13. your cake looks very good! I love strawberries too
    have a wonderful day
    Astrid

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  14. How pretty! That's something my peeps would love on V-Day!

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  15. Love your strawberry cake with the glazing on it. I am going to a bake strawberry cake too. ;DD

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  16. I can only imagine how good this is. I'll bet it was very moist and strawberries are my favorite! Plus, it is so pretty!

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  17. Strawberry cake--my second favorite, right after chocolate. Your strawberries look so juicy, that I'm sure the cake was full of flavor--and it's so pretty too!

    Debi

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  18. Oh my goodness this looks yummy! I love strawberries! looks beautiful on the plate with the strawberries too :)

    popping by from sweet this week @ Sugar Bananas :)

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  19. Yum! Those strawberries are beautiful.

    I hope you'll stop by and share this recipe with Sweet Tooth Fridays! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/03/chocolate-toffee/

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  20. Hi Natasha,
    What a great looking cake, wish we has strawberries in season right now.
    I always mean to buy a heart shaped cake pan for Valentine's Day but never get around to it.
    Too late again for this year!

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  21. Natash, you're making me hungry! The strawberries look great, and I love your heart - shaped cake. Stop by if you get a chance. I just posted my best tablescape ever.

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  22. Oh Natasha! This looks so good! I'm craving strawberries right now and this looks like the perfect treat. The only problem is the price of strawberries doubled recently so I have to put my addiction on hold for a while. ;)

    Your pictures are great, too. This looks like it belongs in a bakery!

    Thanks for adding this yummy treat to Sweets This Week!

    Have a great weekend.

    Sarah

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  23. Mmmm, that cake looks really good, such a shame that strawberries aren't in season here right now - I try to always buy in season for where we live etc...

    Anyway, thanks for your lovely comment & don't worry about not "popping round" so often, especially lately I'm sure you really had more important things to deal with than blogs... Have a great weekend, Love from London xo

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  24. Looks like a success! Yummy.

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  25. Oh yummy and just perfect for the holiday. Happy Pink Saturday and a very Happy Valentine's Day too, Char

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  26. I bet that cake was yummy indeed! Pretty too! I had already planned to make a strawberry cake and cupcakes for Valentines. Can't wait. I'm making a note to join your song day on the 13th! Thanks for the reminder.
    Tammy

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  27. Yum! Fresh Strawberries! I'm so jealous! It's been a loooong winter here. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Natasha, this looks absolutely delicious! YUM!

    Happy PS to you...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  29. Oh that cake looks wonderful. With the strawberries are devine. Happy Pink Sat.

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  30. Delicious, delicious!

    Happy Pink Saturday!!!

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  31. Happy Pink Saturday Natasha Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share today. Those strawberries were so tempting, it took everything I had not to reach in and pluck out a couple or three. Yummy, they look so scrumptous. How on earth did you end up with an over abundance of them?

    That cake recipe sounds wonderful. I will definitely give that one a try. I love the use of the strawberries in the cake and not a cake mix. The real deal. I love the way the frosting just drizzled, it makes it look so much sweeter. Thank you so much for sharing with me this evening.

    Have a wonderful weekend sweetie. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

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  32. The cake looks and sounds so good!
    I saw on the news what was happening in Australia, and thought about our fellow bloggers there. Glad to see you post and to know you and your family are ok. Take care!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Glenda

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  33. Natasha, we just had some delicious strawberries & whip cream ... now your deelish cake! Oh, yum!

    Have a beautiful PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs, Marydon

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  34. Mmmmmm.... that looks so yummy!

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  35. Dear Natasha, your cake looks delicious! Valentine's day is one of my favorite time to bake because I can make everything in a heart shape!
    Last year I made mini chocolate cheese-cakes in the shape of hearts.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  36. HI Natasha! Oh, I don't have to ask if your gorgeous cake was delicious - it's gone!! :) It was so pretty.
    I was thinking of you this morning when I saw on the news a cyclone hit Australia! Hope you and your bunch are doing well.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  37. what a fun cake! great job! i like the fresh berries too, yum!

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  38. Your cake looks incredible! I especially love that you added a glaze!

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  39. Your recipe looks divine ~ I have a whole bunch of strawberries frozen from last summer so will give this a try.

    I'm a new follower this week, would love for you to come visit us sometime. http://SallyLeeByTheSea.com

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  40. How smart you are - just make what you have on hand work.
    Looks festive and delicious - but extra delicious when paired with the icecream.
    The strawberries look like little hearts.

    Will you be baking another dessert for the 14th?

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  41. Hi Natasha, I must buy a heart shaped tin and try something like that, it's gorgeous. Rachaelxx

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  42. Happy Pink Saturday, dear Natasha.

    Your cake is so pretty, and I know it must be delicious, too. I make a Strawberry Cake my family loves, too.

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  43. Your cake sounds and LOOKS delicious!!

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  44. Just dropped in to say Happy Pink Saturday! Enjoyed visiting your blog.The cake looks yummy. Thanks for sharing it. Blessings, Debbie

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  45. can i say yumm here! this is yumm! thanks for the recipe! yummy!

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  46. Looks delicious! I can't wait until Strawberry season arrives here...they are my favorite!

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  47. wow what a cake love it have a lovely valentines :-)

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  48. I CAN TASTE AND SMELL THE BEAUTIFUL CAKE ANY LEFT.THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE RECIPE..HUGS..SANDRA

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  49. I CAN TASTE AND SMELL THE BEAUTIFUL CAKE ANY LEFT.THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE RECIPE..HUGS..SANDRA

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  50. That looks fabulous! It's a little early here for strawberries, but when they make their appearance in a few months I will definitely have to try this recipe! Have a great day :)

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  51. I love strawberries. That cake looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Karen

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  52. Perfectly pink and wonderful...I was expecting a cake ix and then I thought...no she wouldn't...I am so happy to see you did not...my kids would love a pink cake!

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  53. How wonderful! I wish we had strawberries in season right now. Ahhhh Summer, yes I remember summer, can't wait for it to warm up up here again. How wonderful to have strawberries for Valentines day. The cake looks so delicious!

    Thanks so much for adding this to The Valentines Party :)

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  54. Natasha, stopping by from Tickled Pink where I saw your cake featured. Yum! It sounds wonderful, and you have me looking forward to fresh strawberries coming in to season in our area! Jenn/Rook No. 17

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