Monday, April 28, 2014

I Baked!

Ok...I'll give  you a couple of moments to compose yourselves from the shock you must be in after reading the title of this post. 

C'mon now, it's not that far-fetched that I baked...I mean, I do have a sweet tooth that runs my life! Anyway, I saw this fabulous looking Strawberry Yogurt Cake on Katie Elizabeth's "Five on Friday" post last week, so I decided to give it a try! She linked back to A Spicy Perspective for the original recipe {see it here}.


This photo is from A Spicy Perspective, where Katie Elizabeth found the original recipe!

Sooo...I set out to make this perfect-for-spring dessert, and it turned out pretty yummy! If I were to make it again, I think I'd use more strawberries...but it was still pretty tasty with the just 16 ounces, as called for in the recipe.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of butter {2 sticks}, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons {I have to spell this out because the teaspoon/tablespoon abbreviations sometimes confuse me!} of lemon juice, divided
  • Zest of 1 lemon {don't worry, I'll explain ZEST in a bit...the husband had to teach me!}
  • 2½ cups of flour, divided
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 8 ounces of plain {or vanilla} Greek yogurt
  • 16 ounces of fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. Sift together 2 ¼ cups of flour, the baking soda and salt. {Sidenote: I don’t own a sifter, so of course I turned to google for an alternate method…there are several options, but I just used a wire whisk to aerate and even-out the density of this mixture.}
  3. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside. {What the heck is lemon zest, you ask? Well, it’s little tiny shavings of the lemon peel. Surprisingly enough, I don’t own a zester either…but my handy-dandy cheese-grater worked just fine to zest my lemon!}
  4. I just had to photo-document my fabulous zesting skills!
  5. New bowl: with an electric mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. {Why one at a time? I don't get it! Next time I think I'll do all three at once...just to be a rebel!}
  7. Mix in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  8. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the Greek yogurt. {I used vanilla yogurt because I don't like plain yogurt...not that I would have been able to taste it in the final product anyway...but I'm just picky like that!}
  9. Toss the strawberries with the remaining ¼ cup of flour {this helps the strawberries spread out evenly in the batter rather than all sinking to the bottom. I learned this through a different baking experiment...are you impressed?!!?}, and gently mix the batter {NOT with the electric mixer}.
  10. Pour the batter evenly into your Bundt pan. Place your cake in the over and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees {oops! I forgot to do the temp reduction thing...but mine still turned out ok!}. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Allow the cake to cool in the Bundt pan for 20 minutes, then place it on a wire rack {or just a plate} to allow it to finish cooling.                                                                                     
  12. For the frosting, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and the powered sugar. {once again, I didn't want it to be too tart, so I use one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of milk.} Drizzle over the top of the cake.

And Wahlah! The finished product...

It kinda looks like a donut here, but I promise it's a cake!
Perhaps my iPhone photog skills could use some work!

Thanks again to Katie Elizabeth for finding this perfectly-sweet dessert and to A Spicy Perspective for the original recipe!

Happy Baking!










7 comments:

  1. And now I want something sweet... yummy!

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  2. Oh my gosh...both of you are killing me with your posts on this cake today!! It looks so good!

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  3. YUMMMM! That looks awesome - perfect for the office!

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  4. Drooling all over again! I agree with adding more strawberries and I ran out of powdered sugar so I couldn't make enough icing.. yours looks perfect!

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  5. yay! It looks so dang good! Cannot wait to try this!

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  6. Proud of you; looks delicious!

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