June 18, 2012

Recipe: Strawberry Buttercream (Cup-)Cake

It's my favorite season of the year - it's strawberry time ˆ.ˆ

I'm going to show you my favorite new recipe - it's universal because it can be used to make little cupcakes / muffins or cakes. I also love buttercream, when it's homemade. I don't know what it is but I did not like any of those cakes in the US that were bought in the store instead of selfmade - I think it might be the shortening instead of real whipped cream or butter.


Doesn't this just look amazing? Hmm, yumyum... I made one round cake (28cm diameter), one squared (small IKEA baking pan) and four little cupcakes because the cakes had to serve different purposes (phd graduation of a friend, birthday of a friend and for my boyfriend and me).


There are different ways to make buttercream. I tried out butter and vanilla pudding which is not bad either but I like this version better - the sweetened condensed milk is like dulce de leche, especially after mixing it with butter.

So lets move on...

Ingredients for the above mentioned amount. If you take one cup instead of 1.5 cups, it will be enough for one baking tray.
  • Dough
    • 1.5 cups flour
    • 1.5 cups sugar
    • 1.5 cups milk
    • 1 cup oil
    • 1 pck vanilla sugar
    • 1 pck baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • A pinch of salt
    • Optional: 3tbsp cocoa
  • Buttercream
    • 250g butter (unsalted)
    • 400g sweetened condensed milk
  • Topping
    • 1kg strawberries
    • 2 pck red glaze (Tortenguss)

Instructions
  • Mix all ingredients for the dough and fill it in your desired baking tray. I usually put baking paper underneath instead of grease.
  • Put it in the oven (medium tray, air circulation) at 175ºC for 40min.
  • Meanwhile make the buttercream by mixing butter and sweetened condensed milk and keep it in the fridge.
  • Wash the strawberries and cut them into smaller pieces.
  • When the dough is done, let it cool down completely before you continue to spread the buttercream on top because otherwise the buttercream will melt...
  • Spread Strawberries on top.
  • Prepare the red glaze as instructed on the pack and pour it on the strawberries.
Enjoy!



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