Friday, December 18, 2009

Strawberry or Cherry cake with Cream Cheese Icing - Torta de Fruitilla o Guindas

There was nothing more exciting every year than walking down to the corner grocers and seeing the punnets of strawberries and boxes of cherries gleaming from the shelves! And even more exciting... was when mum would buy some - because it meant that she was going to make one of her special strawberry or cherry cakes, depending which fruit was fresher at the time.




You can use strawberry or cherries for the mixture below...both are scrumptious!



Strawberry or Cherry Cake















Ingredients

  • 125 grams butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of castor sugar
  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of mashed strawberries

Icing

  • 60g of cream cheese
  • 30g of soft butter
  • 3 strawberries mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.

Place butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well until creamy. Add the eggs one by one and mix well. Add vanilla essence and mix through.

Slowly sift the flour into the mixture and alternate with milk and fold through the mixture (do not use electric mixer, mix by hand.

Add the mashed strawberries into the mixture and fold through.

In a cake tin that is well lined (around 20cm diameter will do for this recipe) place the mixture. Put into the oven for 40mins or so - until well cooked (when the knife or skewer comes out clean). Once cooked allow to cool.

To make the icing:

Mix the cream cheese and butter until creamy

Sift in the icing sugar until mixed well through.

Fold through the mashed strawberries until well mixed.

Ice the cake and add whole strawberries or cherries (depending which you used for the cake) for decoration.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

Leticia




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