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March 4, 2013

Strawberry Cake & Marshmallow Frosting

Strawberry cake with Marshmallow Frosting for Easter www.withablast.net

Out of the blue, I decided to bake a cake this afternoon, and it had to be Strawberry. No idea where this sudden craving comes from ... I haven't been feeling too well these past few days, and almost every day I napped during the day, sometimes twice.

So, this afternoon I woke up with the Strawberry Cake idea and fortunately I had everything I needed.  Then  whilst making the Marshmallow Frosting, I thought, why not make an Easter themed cake.

Right, so after all my discussions with myself {I tend to do this a lot!} this is the recipe I had come up with:

A pic of the first slice, to make sure you are interested enough!

Strawberry cake with Marshmallow Frosting for Easter www.withablast.net

Can you smell the Strawberries?  

Strawberry Cake & Marshmallow Frosting

1 Ring Cake / or / 2 x Cake Layers

150ml Margarine, melted
3 Extra-Large Eggs
200ml Milk
1 t Strawberry Essence
1 t Pink Food Coloring
1/3 cup Strawberry Jam
2 cups Flour
1 TB Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1 cup Caster Sugar

{FEEL FREE TO DOUBLE THE FROSTING}

1 TB Gelatin, plain
1/4 cup Cold Water
1/4 cup Boiling Water
1/2 t Vanilla Essence  {can use Strawberry if you'd like}
1 cup Caster Sugar

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a ring pan with Spray 'N Cook.
2.) Beat together the Margarine, Eggs, Milk, Strawberry Essence, Food Coloring and Strawberry Jam until mixed.
3.) Sift together the Flour, Baking Powder, Salt and Caster Sugar - add to the Egg mixture and beat until well combined {about 1 minute}
4.) Pour batter into the prepared ring pan and bake 30  - 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
5.) Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack - let cool completely before frosting.

Strawberry cake with Marshmallow Frosting for Easter www.withablast.net

Patiently waiting for the cake to cool completely... {see the darker spots? those are pieces of jam}

6.) To make the Marshmallow Frosting : Sprinkle the Gelatin over the Cold Water - wait until spongy - microwave 20 seconds on HIGH until it has become clear - add the Boiling Water and the Vanilla, mix well - add the Caster Sugar gradually whilst beating on high - keep on beating until it has the consistency of a thick meringue and is sticky {5 - 7 minutes}.
7.) Once the Marshmallow is ready, quickly transfer to a piping bag, or as I did today - spoon over the cake, using the spoon to create peaks {it dries fairly quick}

To make it a little more Easter like, I sprinkled the Frosting with green colored Coconut, added some Marshmallow chicks, small Easter Eggs and ended with wafer leaves and red fondant roses.

NOTE: I only added the raffia once the Marshmallow was fully set and dry {otherwise someone might eat some raffia as well..!}

23 comments:

  1. Hum. I have a strange feeling I will craving strawberry cake out of the blue in the very near future as well. Man...that looks moist and delicious!
    Karen

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  2. Linda please start posting some weight watchers stuff, everything you do is so delicious I'm going to put on weight :) oh I have everything for this xxoo

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  3. That nest is absolutely adorable! That cakes looks delicious and good!
    Jess
    www.barefootbysea.blogspot.com

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  4. What a great idea Linda! I guess I had never thought of using a bunt cake as a nest, but it is absolutely perfect! I am going to have to keep this in mind for Easter....!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  5. Yum, strawberry cake, I love it! And it looks so pretty all dressed up for Easter!

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  6. What a beautiful cake, and it sounds delicious too!

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  7. Love this, it's so cute & looks yummy too!

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  8. This looks great! I'm pinning to my Bundt-O-Rama board on Pinterest!

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  9. Your cake is just adorable and looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Yum! My Mom used to make a delish strawberry cake and yours looks just as good and so cute with the nest. I'm on a diet but I might just make this as a reward when I reach my goal. Thanks for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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  11. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar. Pinned. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on!

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  12. Looks wonderful! New follower. Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes ~ Paula
    http://www.callmepmc.com/

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  13. Wow, this looks so yummy. I am suddenly having a late night cake craving. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up!

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  14. The strawberry cake being pink is so festive for Easter....very clever! Thanks so much for sharing at March Madness

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  15. Looks wonderful - I hope you are feeling better?
    Thanks so much for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays, hope to see you again this week :)
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  16. What a lovely Easter cake. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. -Savannah www.hammocktracks.com

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  17. This is so awesome! I just pinned it. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent last week. So sorry I am just now visiting. Have a great weekend. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  18. Oh wow, this looks delish! We love your projects! Thank you so much for linking up in our Crafty Showcase! You are always so inspiring!

    Susie @Bowdabra & SusieQTpies Cafe
    New Linky is open ---> http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/03/16/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky-5/

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  19. Thank you so much for linking this up at Saturday Spotlight! The new link party is up and you were featured! :) I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-8/

    April

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  20. Thanks so much for linking up at Empty Your Archive, Alice

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  21. Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

    I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin this image (+ the 3 others that you submitted) to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend!

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

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