Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Strawberry Cake and Muffins

It was raining strawberries at home last week. My toddler just started eating strawberries and he likes it a lot even if its soar.Just the fact that my son has started a liking towards these pinkish beauties made my husband go for loads of them.Yes, he brought home a whole bag of it.
The best part of it is that he didnt know that strawberries doesnt have a longer life even if its refrigerated. So two days later I started browsing for some recipes to use the left over fruit, and came across two wonderful recipes.

The first one was Aparna's Strawberry muffin.

The recipe was so simple I immediatly baked them. As she mentioned in her post I added some sugar to the berries before mixing as mine was very sour.But the muffin tasted really good with no trace of the sourness.

The next one was a Strawberry spring cake from Asha's Foodie's hope.

This recipe was already book marked by me when she posted it last month, waiting for some neglected strawberries, and so baked that wonderful soft cake the next day.

Over all the recipes were so good and welcomed by all , that I baked them twice.
Iam posting the recipes here for keepsake:

Strawberry Muffins:

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar*
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped (not too fine) Strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg (or flax seed substitute**)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Put the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk lightly to mix well.
Add the strawberries to the flour mixture and mix to ensure they are well coated with flour.
In another bowl, lightly beat the egg/ flax seed substitute, vanilla extract, milk and oil together. Add this to the strawberry-flour mixture and gently mix together, in a folding motion, about 4 or 5 times. Do not over stir, or the texture of your muffins will suffer.
The batter will be lumpy and slightly floury.
Grease the muffin tins/ cups and divide the batter equally between them, so that each one is about 2/3rds full.
Bake at 180C for about 25 minutes till the muffins are done and lightly golden brown on top.
Cool for 10 minutes, unmould them and cool completely on a rack. This recipe makes 8 muffins.

Note : I used whole wheat flour completly for this recipe, and somehow my batter become a little thin , but my muffins came out just fine.
Strawberry cake
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) softened butter,
2 eggs,
1 cup regular white sugar,
1 tsp vanilla essence,
1 3/4 cups plain flour,
1/8 tsp salt,
2 tsp baking powder,
2/3 cup fresh red ripened Strawberries pureed.
Preheat oven to 350F/190C.
Spray cake pan with no-stick oil or butter well and keep aside.
In a mixer bowl, beat the sugar and butter first until fluffy.
Add in the eggs,mix. Then add in the vanilla.
Sift flour and baking powder, add to the creamed butter mixture and mix again gently on low speed until everything comes together.
Now, stir in the strawberry puree, beat until batter is well mixed and evenly pink.
Pour into the prepared pan, tap on the kitchen counter to top get the bubbles out.
Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden and skewer comes out clean form the center.
Take it out of the oven, let it sit for 5mins. Invert gently on the cooling rack.
When cool, sprinkle powdered sugar on top to serve or you can use Vanilla icing.
I served it with whipped cream.It was delicious.
Hence ended my starwberry saga for this season and No more for this year ! :)

Sending these Muffins and Cake to 'The Strawberry Feast' hosted by Happy Cook at 'My Kitchen Treasures'


Aparna said...

The muffins look good, with nice domed tops.
I should try Asha's cake too. The texture looks excellent.
Btw, if you have strawberries that you can't use up, you can freeze them.
Just wash them, remove the green bit on top, wipe them dry. Then put them on a cookie tray in a single layer and freeze them. Take them off the tray, bag them and store in the freezer.

Pavithra said...

Wow thats looking so perfect and good...wish to have one

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely strawberry cake, love your idea of using whole wheat flour.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow.....both the recipes look drool worthy......

rekhas kitchen said...

looks too good and that cake looks so soft and moist and nice beautiful color too

Aparna said...

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. :)
Its 190C (not 109C)!

Malar Gandhi said...

Pink pink and pink...everything looks nice & yummm.

Happy cook said...

Well good that your hubby bought a lot of strawberies, so you bakes them and i got them for myevent.
Muffin and the cake looks beautiful and delicous.
Thankyou for sending them to my event.

Parita said...

Wow looks great, I shud try these, just posted strawberry sorbet still got lots of berries left :)

Sumi said...

Thanks everyone for your valuable comments

Red Chillies said...

Both Asha's cake and Aparna's muffins look delicous and you have done a great job too.

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