Saturday, March 17, 2012

Week 11: Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

When trying to decide which cake to bake this week I came across this pin on one of my friend Heather's Pinterest boards and knew it was the cake for week 11. Strawberries are in abundance now so it is the perfect time to bake a strawberry cake! This is the second cake I have baked using yogurt and have found that this simple ingredient yields an amazingly moist cake.

This recipe comes from Sommer's blog: A Spicy Perspective . I spent a while perusing her blog and found several recipes that I will be trying in the near future.

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs (room temperature)
3 T. fresh lemon juice, divided
Zest of one lemon
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 t. salt
8 oz. plain Greek yogurt
12 oz. fresh strawberries, diced
1 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Sift together 2 and 1/4 cups of flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.
2. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 T. of lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
3. Toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. Gently mix them into the batter.
4. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

6. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto your cake plate and cool completely. Once cooled whisk together the remaining 2 T. of lemon juice and the powdered sugar. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

When I went to turn out my Strawberry Yogurt Cake it did not turn out perfectly:

Even after 27+ years of cooking these things can happen. In fact, I googled When a bundt cake fails and discovered 101,000 images of other people who have experienced this. : ) I was able to piece my cake together and added the glaze once it had cooled. It didn't look too bad and my guys are still enjoying it as they watch March Madness.

What do you do when you are baking a bundt cake for a dinner party and only half the cake comes out? You can get your prettiest glasses or even a few mason jars and layer your cake, fruit and whipped cream a couple of times and sprinkle sliced almonds on top. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or when your bundt cake fails, piece it together the best you can or make trifle.

Happy Baking!

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