Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Fresh Strawberry Cake With White Choc Chips And An Award

I m a sucker for fresh strawberries and now that the strawberry season is close to an end, I m baking like crazy to get the most out of this seasonal delight.


So when Zoe from bake for the happy kids announced this fortnight's recipe for bake along, I was ecstatic. The recipe for this fortnight is Fresh Strawberry With White Choc Chips from the Cake Keeper's Cakes by Lauren Chattman.


Bake Along is a blog hop organized by Zoe, Lena and Joyce.  Do visit their blogs for some awesome and amazing posts and recipes.


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Fresh strawberries coupled with white choc chips, it sure does sound like paradise to me :). Fair warning though, it's a very addictive cake (you can't stop yourself from snacking on it...you know like "just one more bite and then I'll stop" and before you know it's all gone). It is also very easy to put together. The fresh strawberry flavour really came through. Although I must admit that when at first I went through the recipe, I was really shocked by the amount of sugar called for in this cake, taking into account that we are also using white choc chips in the recipe. So I decided to cut down the amount of sugar and, to tell you frankly, the cake tasted heavenly with just perfect sweetness contrasting the tartness of strawberries and lemon zest. You can use the specified amount of sugar in your cake if you prefer a more sweeter cake. Also, I used fresh yogurt instead of sour cream in my cake. I chose a cream cheese frosting which perfectly complemented this super moist cake.

Fresh Strawberry Cake With White Choc Chips
Adapted from the Cake Keeper's Cakes by Lauren Chattman 
Ingredients:
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh yogurt or curd
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup (170 grams) all purpose flour, divided into 1 1/4+1/4 cup (140+30 grams)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (170 grams) caster sugar (In the original recipe it was 1 cup i.e., 225 grams)
250 grams strawberries, sliced
1 cup white chocolate chips

Method:
Preheat the oven to 177 degree Celsius.
Grease and dust an 8 inch round cake tin.
Combine the egg, egg yolk, yogurt, lemon zest and vanilla in a measuring jug and beat lightly.
Combine 1 1/4 cup (140 grams) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl.
Beat the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy, on a medium high speed, for around 3 minutes or so. With the mixer on low speed, pour the egg mixture into the bowl in a slow stream. Now add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. After the last addition mix for 30 seconds on medium speed.
Combine the strawberries and the remaining 1/4 cup (30 grams) of flour and toss to coat. Fold the flour covered strawberries and white chocolate chips into the batter using a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake for around 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mind you the cake will be super moist and buttery because of all the fresh strawberries and white choc chips.
Let the cake cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:
180 grams cream cheese, room temperature
200 ml low fat cream, cold from the fridge
4 tablespoons icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:
Cream the cream cheese on medium low speed for about 2 minutes. Add the low fat cream, vanilla and icing sugar and whisk till it thickens to desired consistency.

How To Assemble:
Let the cake cool down completely. Slice it in two parts.
spoon half the cream cheese filling on one part of the cake and spread evenly, place another part on top of that. Spoon the remaining cream cheese filling on top and smooth it with an off set spatula or the back of a spoon.




And finally, one announcement :)
 I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Resh from Daily Cuppa. A million thanx to Resh and m really honored to be chosen for this awesome award.

                                                            

Apparently, "The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favorite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note."

Here are the rules:
a) Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
b) Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
c) Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
d) Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
e) Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

Now I m sharing this award with the following five amazing blogs
 1) Marcellina from http://marcellinaincucina.blogspot.in/
2) Melissa and Courtenay from www.bakingmakesthingsbetter.com
3)  Shirley from http://whataboutsecondbreakfast.blogspot.in/
4) Ramya from http://ramyasrecipe.blogspot.in/
5) Pranjali from http://www.foodydelight.com/

 It was really hard to choose just five :).

Do visit here for all the wonderful posts

14 comments:

  1. Hi Anuja, Your cake looks wonderful with the frosting! It seems that everyone reduces the sugar in this cake, and a good thing too! I totally agree this is one yummy cake! Thank you for baking along, it is nice to have you baking with us! Have a lovely day!

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  2. Congratulations on your award ! :o)

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  3. I agreed this cake is super moist and soft. I am sure it's extra delicious with the cream cheese frosting! Great job!

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  4. Congrates dear and thank you so much for giving this award to me.
    Cake looks very delicious with cream cheese frosting.

    foodydelight.com

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  5. wow...what a yummy cake!! Loved the simple yet pretty decoration! Congrats on your award & so glad to follow you :)

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  6. Congrats for your award, I definitely will try yout cream cheese recipe.

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  7. glad that you joined baking along with us. The strawberry cake is very nice eaten on its own and with that cream cheese frosting, it must be real delicious! Thanks for the link back on the bake along, have a good day!

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  8. hi Anuja, the strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting must taste heavenly!
    congrats on the award :)

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  9. Congratulation with your award. You deserves this award very well!

    This is a great idea eating this strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting...Yum!

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  10. OMG! How kind! Thank you so much for the award! I'm glad you got the award - you deserve it! Congratualations!

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  11. What a beautiful, fresh looking cake. It must delicious as well. You are a great baker! Congrats for your award!

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  12. Congratulation on the award! Your strawberry cake looks gorgeous & not forgetting very tempting too! Wonderful ! :)

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  13. Thank you for passing the award on to me, and congratulations! Your strawberry cake looks delicious.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Happy baking! :)

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