Saturday, April 7, 2012

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Frosting Cake

Lately I've been in a bit of an inspirational slump.  I just haven't been enthused to cook anything new or special.  I hope that I will find my cooking muse soon so that I can share more fun recipes with you.  In the meantime, I can share my most recent confectionery concoction.
A couple of weeks ago we had another wonderful occasion to make a cake-my little guy's 2nd birthday!  We had a few friends over for a Toy Story themed party and I made this terrific cake with fresh strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting.  The cake, of course, was eggless and absolutely amazing!

The eggless cake recipe I used was the same one I used for my Cars Cake that I posted earlier.  I discovered this recipe at Madhuram's Eggless Cooking.

2 8-oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 c powdered sugar
3/4 c chilled heavy whipping cream
2 9x13 Eggless Vanilla Cakes, baked according to recipe at Madhuram's Eggless Cooking
1 1/2 lb Strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 sm Jar Strawberry Jam (preferably seedless)

While the cakes are baking, For the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. You'll probably want to use an electric mixer for this so you don't end up with lumps. Stop every now and then to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in sugar, then jam. Beat cream in a separate, chilled, bowl until peaks form. Fold whipped cream into frosting. Cover; chill for a couple of hours until it's firm enough to spread.

Once the cakes are cool level them with a cake cutter or large serrated knife.  Then spread the strawberry jam over the base layer of the cake and place the strawberries side by side in a single layer.  Then spread 1 c. of the frosting over the strawberries and cover with the second layer.  

Frost the cake with the remaining frosting and decorate as desired.  I covered a tin box with fondant to make the bed and figurines/blocks to turn the cake into Andy's Bedroom.  I used fondant and fondant cutters for the letters (because I'm no good trying to write with icing).

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