After weeks of waiting, strawberry season is finally here! I’m so glad we live near a local strawberry farm that brings truckloads of strawberries to town every day. Fresh, sweet strawberries are hard to beat.
I made this cake for my husband’s birthday yesterday. I don’t know who enjoyed it more – him or the kids! Or maybe it was the homemade strawberry ice cream I made to go with it…
The recipe comes from Nashville’s famous landmark restaurant, The Loveless Cafe. I think we definitely need to check this place out!
Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe cookbook
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 13- inch cake pan.
Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender. Measure out 3/4 cup for the batter and reserve 1/4 cup for the frosting.
Combine cake flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and with the electric mixer on low, blend to combine, about 20 seconds. Add the softened butter and the strawberry puree and mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Raise the speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the egg whites mixture to the flour in several additions, scraping the bowl once or twice and mixing each time only until blended. Spoon batter into pan.
Bake until a toothpick or cake tested inserted in the center of cake comes out clean, 25-3o minutes. Remove pan from oven and let cool completely in pan on a rack.
Spread buttercream frosting on top of cake.
Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl for 1 to 2 minutes, to whip lightly. Add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time and continue beating. Add the strawberry puree and vanilla, scrape the bowl well, and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Use immediately.
Note: I halved the frosting recipe and had plenty. If you are making cupcakes out of the batter, you may want to stick with the original amounts.
More strawberry recipes…
And, here’s a recipe from Cafe Sucre Farine that I’m dying to try!
What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,