Monday, April 28, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake

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Tie on an apron, put on a Patsy Cline record, and create a masterpiece...

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Shortening
  • Strawberry-Lemonade Jam
  • Strawberry Frosting

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar,
beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

2. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending
with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in zest and juice.

3. Beat egg whites in a large bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-third of egg whites into
batter; fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon batter into 4 greased (with shortening) and floured 9-inch round
cake pans.

4. Bake at 350° for 16 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in
pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely.

5. Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter, and spread with about 1/2 cup Strawberry-Lemonade Jam,
leaving a 1/2-inch border around edges. Spoon 1 cup Strawberry Frosting into a zip-top plastic freezer bag.
Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe a ring of frosting around cake layer just inside the top edge.
Top with second and third cake layers, repeating procedure with filling and frosting between each layer.
Top with last cake layer, and spread remaining Strawberry Frosting on top and sides of cake.

Strawberry-Lemonade Jam

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Preparation

1. Process strawberries in a blender until smooth; press through a wire-mesh strainer into a 3-qt. saucepan,
using back of a spoon to squeeze out juice; discard pulp. Stir in sugar.

2. Whisk together lemon juice and cornstarch; gradually whisk into strawberry mixture. Bring mixture to
a boil over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Place plastic wrap
directly on warm jam; chill 2 hours or until cold. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Strawberry Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 drop pink food coloring gel (optional)
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation

1. Beat cream cheese and with an electric mixer until smooth; then fold in Cool Whip, add strawberries
and food coloring (if desired); beat until blended.

Adapted from a recipe from Southern Living

Photo courtesy of Southern Living



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