Simple Recipe: Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

Frock Files | Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

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?

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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.

Frock Files | Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:
  1. Bake cakes in 8 or 9″ round pans according to box directions. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl, then add vanilla. Stir to combine. Cool completely.
  4. 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.
  5. Frost the top of one cake and sprinkle with strawberries.
  6. Add second cake, if desired, and frost completely. (Or keep them separate — it’s pretty that way!) Go to town with the sprinkles.
  7. Enjoy with a cup of coffee.

Frock Files | Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

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.

Simple Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

Years ago, I worked in a little boutique chocolate shop, and everyone there made fun of me because I don’t actually like chocolates. Chocolate cake? Yes. Chocolate truffles? Ehhh…

I did, however, eat lots of macaroons. We only sold them at Christmastime, wrapped in gold boxes with satin ribbon. They were so fancy that I always assumed they were difficult to make. It turns out that they’re so easy that you can whip up a batch in about 20 minutes.

This recipe comes from the fabulous Justina Blakeney blog, with one minor tweak: I didn’t use vanilla extract, simply because I had none. I’m sure they’ll be even more delightful when I’m stocked up.

We’ll be packing these up and taking them to our next holiday party! What are you cooking up this weekend? Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a festive time filled with laughter and love.

 

Sweet Surrender

Two years ago, there was only one little one in my life: my nephew, Akira. Now, I’m lucky to have lots of wee ones in my life, and with Easter coming up I’ve been thinking about what I can give them that isn’t horrendously full of sugar. I’m also somewhat opposed to giving them tacky things made of plastic that will drive their parents crazy (my dad, for instance, hateshateshates Easter grass). These four are easy on the eyes for both parents and kiddos. As for the Rose Vanilla marshmallows from Whimsy & Spice…well, I should apologize in advance for leading you head first into a new addiction. Sorry. They’re just that delicious.

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Here are more adorable confections, complete with How To guides from two of my favorite blogs:

1. Pie Pops from Cupcakes & Cashmere / 2. Banilla Sandwich Cookies from Bakers Royale / 3. Pink Chocolate Filled Kisses from Bakers Royale

Generosity and giving are so important everyday! Thursdays are the day that we focus on giving gifts, whether they’re kind gestures, volunteering time, or giving presents. Giving gifts is a form of therapy — gifting therapy — in which you shift focus from  your needs to the needs of others. Let us know about your experiences with gifting!

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