Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chocolate Strawberry Curd Layer Cake

I know I am late in posting this month's birthday bake but then things are pretty hectic. I know that I come up with this excuse whenever I am late but really, things are tight. The house is not set up yet and weekends are being spent shopping, shopping and more shopping. And then I had to bake the cake for the huss's birthday which was yesterday. It was a simple classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (just the way he wanted). I will post the recipe soon. And then today I am upto the neck with Gokulashtami preparations. Seedais, paayasams, polis and laddoos are there in my mind but I don't know what all will be prepared. Which leads me to this, I will be here only after Krishna Jayanthi is over so advance JANMASHTAMI wishes from our family. Have a look at the recipes that I prepared in the past so that u can get an idea. Even if you cannot make anything just give kutti krishnar some ghee, butter and poha, he will be all the more happier. I will be back with recipes for the ones that I make tomorrow soon.

As I said the berry season is at its peak here and large juicy strawberries are in abundance in the market aisle. Everytime I go grocery shopping, the first thing that I set my eyes are the boxes of ripe strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (that is how they have set the market aisles here) and so I immediately pick a few boxes. Last week when I went shopping I found some strawberries at discount sale and I didn't give it a second thought in grabbing some boxes. I didn't have any idea on how I will use all those boxes but I grabbed some.

We had berry smoothies, lassis, milkshakes and even plain strawberry milk but the produce never seemed to end. Finally I made a batch of strawberry curd so that we could have it with our toasts. When it was time to bake for the kid's birthday, the jar of fresh strawberry curd struck a cord in me and so I thought of using this like a jam to layer the cake... Nothing goes well with strawberry like chocolate and so I baked a chocolate cake. I cut out little hearts with my cookie cutter to make it cuter and it did look cute just like my cutie-pie.

~*What U Need*~
**I used half of the recipe
All Purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Granulated sugar - 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar - 1/4 cup
Cocoa Powder - 3 tbsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Water - 1/2 cup
Oil - 3 tbsp
White vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

Strawberry Curd

How I Made it:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 8-inch square baking pan. Since I used half the quantity I used a smaller pan. Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.

Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat with whisk or spoon until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut cake into 4 hearts. Spread strawberry curd on top of two hearts; place remaining two hearts on top. Cut the remaining cake using small heart cutter.


Spread on a platter!!!

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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26 comments:

  1. Colorful and delicious strawberry cake. Awesome preparation.
    Deepa

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  2. Cake looks so elegant and delectable

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  3. Happy Krishna Jayanthi wishes Sis, cute layer cake very delicious and attractive.

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  4. Love the presentation of the cake... awesome!!!

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  5. Cute and yummy,love the filling.

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  6. looks so yumm...lovely presentation

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  7. Happy janmashtami to you Vimitha. Lovely cake, irresistible one.

    today's post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/08/paasi-paruppu-payasam-payatham-paruppu.html

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  8. Very beautiful and delectable cake....
    Happy Janmashtami to you and your family...

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  9. Outstanding cake! it looks SOOOOOOOOOO delicious
    Mary x

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  10. such a pretty shape of that cake.looks decaden with the strawberries and chocolate

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  11. very very delicious and moist cake love the presentation and the layering part a lot !! :)

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  12. Nice presentation.. cake looks perfect..

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  13. Nice presentation.. cake looks perfect..

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  14. Look beautiful Amitha!!I love strawberries!

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  15. it's lovely cake Chocolate Strawberry Curd Layer Cake, loved it... I like this cake.. I am a foodies so, search many things on net I found two more links are awesome 1st is Ahmedabad Best Restaurants
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  16. The cake looks pretty and yummy. Nice post :)

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  17. Cake looks so cute, so delicious and tempting..

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  18. Very yummy and delicious luking cake...so cute shapes too.

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  19. Hi Vimitha, very stunning cake. Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe.

    Have a nice weekend.

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