Friday, April 8, 2011

Strawberry Cake for Mommy

Last year, my friend Gail @ Victorian at Heart posted about a Strawberry Cake that was so good and so
                                                         easy that I made it last Easter.
                Last week my sweet DIL, Olivia asked if I would help her girls make it for her birthday.
See, Olivia loves everything Strawberry. Her kitchen and dining room are decorated with them. They are one of her favorite foods. Starting when she was dating my baby boy in High School, I knew of this obsession of hers and have always picked up Strawberry things for her.

Today is her birthday and
I jumped at the chance to bake with 4 of my granddaughters.
This recipe is so easy, I could let them do the whole thing by themselves.

Drew and Brooke put one White Cake Mix, a small box of Strawberry Jello and 1 cup of Oil in mixing bowl.
and started mixing

while Lexi beat up and added 4 eggs
and Cami mashed 3/4 cup fresh strawberries
and added them to the bowl.
Mmm...looks good
and smells good too, huh Brooke.
Maybe the best part though, is licking the beaters
and scrapping the bowl.
We made 3 layers (more room for frosting)
We had the batter divided into my 3 cake pans and as I was putting them in my tiny RV cottage oven,  I realized only 2 would fit, so Drew ran one up to the main house to bake one of them.
Frosting the cake was fun, but crazy as the layers were slipping and sliding on the frosting. I totally forgot to get pictures of that part of the fun.
I let the girls do almost everything, including the frosting which was 1 cup butter, 2 lbs. Powdered Sugar and 1/2 cup strawberries. This is a double recipe and probably why the layers were sliding.
Doesn't it look yummy. They were so proud to present it finished to Mommy.
Looks like we all liked it too.
You can go visit Robin @All things Heart and Home for the complete recipe.

Not only can these girls paint picket fences, but they are good bakers too.

The last couple of days have been cold and rainy here. Hoping for sunshine tomorrow so I can work in my Secret Garden.
Wednesday we ate outdoors at the main house and after dinner no one knew where Lexi was. Later when I finally found her, I ask where she had been. She said she was sitting on the bench under the tree in my garden drawing pictures.
"It's so quiet and pretty there and no one can see me."
Guess that's why I call it the "Secret Garden". When you are one of six siblings, it is good to have a quiet place sometimes.

I have been wanting to join Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday for a long time.
I finally have something pink to post about.
Please pop over here and see all of he other Pinkies and their pink posts and tell Beverly...Beverly sent you LOL!

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!


♥ Miss Tea said...

oh wow, the cake looks yummylicious, the girls are adorable and seems like everyone had fun making the cake! I'm sure Olivia would love the cake! Happy Birthday for her!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yum! That sounds delish! I love the picture of the little one holding the mixer yet smiling extra big for the camera. :) I crave peace and quiet and solitude each and every day. Nice to have a bit of space to call your own. Have a wonderful day. Tammy

Suzanne said...

When I was little my mom had night class on Tuesday nights and my dad would drop me off at grandma's and we'd bake. I still have her recipes in her handwriting (complete with splats and spills). Those are precious memories. Your girls will always remember those special times together with Mamaw.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

I am definitely making this for Easter along with BJ's Sunshine cake which is lemony and orange. I think they will make a nice comlplement. The girls did a beautiful job. They are so cute.

Can you believe this weather? It is supposed to be California after all. What happened? Oh well, give it a couple of months and our stifling heat will be here.

xo, Sue

Lorraine said...

At first I thought I wanted the cake but now I want your four granddaughters!! :)
Looks yummy and so much fun!

Farmchick said...

The cake looks so good, but the secret garden sounds even better.

Terri Morse said...

Thank you for sharing this sweet and special event with us. If you'd like, I'd be happy to come over and help you finish off the cake :)
Have a wonderful weekend! Terri

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Beverly, first, congrats, you are now a PINKIE! Second, is there any of that divine cake left? I need to get that recipe from Robin's blog..yum yum yum..perfect for a spring day.
Our weather is cool today, will be in mid 90's later in the week, so enjoying the cool while I can!
hugs and love


Sewn With Grace said...

Oh I love it! From the darling cake to those precious children. It looks like a good memory was made in the making. Blessings!

blessedmom's simple home said...

I don't collect strawberries, but I do love to eat anything strawberry flavored. This looks delicious. The girls did a wonderful job.
I loved the picket fence too. I'd like to have one of those :-)