With so many birthdays this month, I’ve found the perfect excuse to bake a few cakes. Our local market has had some beautiful strawberries recently, which has me craving strawberry shortcake. But then I had a terrible/wonderful/dangerous thought: what about a strawberry shortcake with red velvet?
Last week was so busy, though, that the thought of baking a cake before our dinner party nearly had me in tears. I decided to simplify by putting my energy into finding the perfect fluffy frosting recipe, and leaving the cake part to Betty Crocker. Two boxed cakes and lots of whipped ingredients later, and I had my dream cake.
I’m one of those people who scrapes the frosting off most of the time, but this frosting is cloudlike and dreamy. It’s the consistency of whipped cream and the perfect complement to the red velvet.
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
5 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 blocks butter (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- Bake cakes in 8 or 9″ round pans according to box directions. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
- In a medium saucepan, combine milk and flour on medium heat, until it becomes thick and doughy. This takes roughly five to seven minutes from the moment you turn on your burner. Stir the entire time.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl, then add vanilla. Stir to combine. Cool completely.
- Using a hand blender or stand mixer, blend butter and sugar on medium for three minutes. Add the milk and flour mixture; blend on low for one minute and on medium-high for two minutes. Add food coloring if desired.
- Frost the top of one cake and sprinkle with strawberries.
- Add second cake, if desired, and frost completely. (Or keep them separate — it’s pretty that way!) Go to town with the sprinkles.
- Enjoy with a cup of coffee.
I know that the blogging world is all about making things from scratch, not to mention gluten and dairy free foods — but I just couldn’t resist. Sometimes you just have to choose the naughty thing, you know? This frosting delivery system made for a very happy (and low stress) birthday cake.