Tessa Huff

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Strawberry Confetti Cake

Strawberry Confetti Cake

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Sometimes you just need more sprinkles in your life.  When I owned The Frosted Cake Shop, my clients made sure I knew what was hip and cool with all the kiddos.  Not being a mother myself, making birthday cakes for a living was a good way to know what was trending amongst toddlers.  From pinks and pastels to rainbow-layered cakes boosting the newest cartoon characters, I regularly got to embrace my inner child.  Now that I have switched gears a bit in my career, wedding cakes are not the only designs that have become a rarity in my kitchen.

Now that I have transitioned into more of a recipe developer and food writer, I find myself too often caught trying to come up with sophisticated, unique flavor combinations and complicated recipes.  Some great results come out of this way of thinking, but sometimes you just gotta back off the forced creativity and have a bit of fun.  I decided to start the new year with a bit whimsy while sticking to a classic flavor: strawberry.  Sometimes flavors as ordinary as strawberry get over-looked (by me at least), but there has to be a reason that strawberry-flavored treats are so popular.  Oh yes, that's right - because strawberries taste amazing!  Ripe, juicy ones, that is.

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I decided to take two fresh and fun ideas and put them in one cake: strawberries meet sprinkles.  This Strawberry Confetti Cake was built from both strawberry and vanilla sprinkle layer cakes with strawberry cream filling and confetti buttercream frosting.  Kind of like that boxed funfetti cake mix I ate as a child, but strawberry- and better, obviously.  The fresh strawberries give off a taste refined enough for the adults, but the design will certainly get any child eager to dive right in.

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Strawberry Confetti Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree (about 12 oz ripe strawberries + 1 tsp sugar)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare two 8inch pans and set aside.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high with a paddle attachment.
  5. Add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  6. With the mixer on low, add in the eggs, vanilla, and strawberry puree.
  7. Stop mixer and scrap down the sides of the bowl.
  8. With the mixer on low, add in half of the dry ingredients.
  9. Add in the milk, followed by the remaining dry ingredients.
  10. Fold in the sprinkles.
  11. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake until done (about 22 minutes).

Vanilla Confetti Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare two 8inch pans and set aside.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high with a paddle attachment.
  5. Add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  6. With the mixer on low, add in the eggs and vanilla.
  7. Stop mixer and scrap down the sides of the bowl.
  8. With the mixer on low, add in half of the dry ingredients.
  9. Add in the milk, followed by the remaining dry ingredients.
  10. Fold in the sprinkles.
  11. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake until done (about 22 minutes).
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Strawberry Cream 

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry puree
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer.
  2. Carefully add in the remaining ingredients, and mix until smooth.
  3. Add a bit more confectioner's sugar or puree to achieve desired consistency, if necessary.

Confetti Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pink food gel coloring
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup mixed sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Place sugar and egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Gently whisk together.
  2. Place on top of a medium saucepan of water to create a double boiler.
  3. Heat until egg mixture is hot to the touch.
  4. Once hot, transfer the bowl back to the mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
  5. Beat on high until bowl is back to room temperature.
  6. Stop mixer and swap out the whisk with the paddle attachment.
  7. Add in the vanilla and mix on medium speed.
  8. Add in the butter and beat until smooth.
  9. Add in desired pink food get color.
  10. Fold in the sprinkles.
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