Friday was Elise's 2nd Birthday. I was very busy so I didn't have time to write a nice little birthday blog for her. So....Happy Birthday Elise. I did make her a cake on Friday, from a boxed mix. I made my own icing...which was less than desirable. I should have spent the $1 or so to buy the ready made type. I think two small pieces of cake were eaten on Friday. I threw that cake away yesterday. But we were planning to have a birthday party for Elise on Sunday. I wanted to make her a "special" cake. Last year, on her first birthday, I was away taking those silly insurance classes and I missed her big day. When we did celebrate, I bought a cheap ACME cake. My favorite type of cake has always been strawberry (from a box) or cherry chip with cream cheese frosting. I thought I would make Elise a strawberry cake from scratch. I spent some time on-line researching strawberry cakes and found a recipe I was happy with. I wasn't sure about the frosting yet because I hadn't quite decided what I was going for. I decided to start the cake on Saturday evening. Before I started I realized I did not have a cake carrier thingy. Why would I???? I don't bake and I don't take baked goods places. Simple. Instead of going to buy something I decided to call my good friend, Sherry and see if she had one. I knew she would because she is Ms. Betty Crocker. She did. Yeah. I sent Jake right over to get it. On with the cake making. I wanted the cake to be good so I did everything exactly the way the recipe said. I used real "cake flour" and even sifted it. I measure and mixed and folded and poured. The cake was looking yummy. When it came out of the oven it smelled absolutely delish. The next morning after church, I decided on a whipped cream/ pudding type frosting. I didn't have the pudding mix so I sent my DH, Jake to the store to get some for me. I gave him very specific directions (2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding). He came home with one box of instant sugar free/fat free vanilla pudding and one box of instant banana cream pudding. Yikes. I was racing against the clock so I sent him right back to exchange the puddings. He did and I had just enough time to mix it up (sooooo easy, BTW) and it tasted soooooo good. It was the perfect marriage of strawberry and a light whipped frosting. I added strawberries along the sides. YUM. I was imagining rave reviews from all of the party attenders.
So, we started loading up the car and Jake takes the cake. I give him the "don't you dare drop that cake" look. He laughed. Seriously. He laughed. Then he took about 4 steps and I heard this SPLAT. Yes....he dropped the cake. It was one step from the door, frosting side down. I screamed. Then I panicked. I think I said something like "don't even clean it up....we need to go get another cake." Jake said, "what? we have to clean it up, it is right by the door". I came to my senses and realized he was right so I jumped in the car and ran to Giant Eagle for a cake. Believe it or not....I was laughing about it on the way to the store. Looking back, I was probably laughing because the perfect cake smashing to the floor before anyone even got to taste it, most likely just sent me over the edge - so I laughed because I was just a little koo-koo for a minute. I did get a lovely cake and it tasted okay. Elise didn't know the difference and she ended up having a fun party. Sorry I don't have any pics of the cake. I should have taken some smashed cake pics but I wasn't thinking clearly at the time. There is a moral to this story though...Men, just because it has a handle doesn't mean you can safely carry it from the handle. You should ALWAYS keep a hand on the bottom as well!!!!!
STRAWBERY CAKE RECIPE
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 eggs (room temperature)
- 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup strawberry puree made from frozen sweetened strawberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and strawberry puree. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in their pans over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, before tapping out to cool completely.
COOLED WHIPPED FROSTING
- 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix with milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping until no streaks remain. Spread evenly over cake.