While I bake often for some reason I had never made a cake from scratch before. So, for Papa's birthday I made a first attempt and it was in word: Bad.
Katie (with a half-eaten cake in front of her): I think I'm all done Mama.
Papa: That was the litmus test you know.
No idea what I did wrong. It was so disappointing. I even made strawberry butter cream frosting, which we all tried to eat off the awful cake.
We had some leftover frosting, so we made sugar cookies today in order to salvage some of the labor that went into making that.
I will be making cakes over the next few weeks to try to ameliorate this situation.
In the meantime, here is my strawberry frosting recipe, which took me many batches to perfect.
Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting
1 C. unsalted butter (two cubes)
1 C. fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled
2 lbs. powdered sugar (two boxes)
1. Press strawberries through a sieve to get rid of as much liquid as possible. Result should yield approximately 1/2 C. strawberry pulp.
2. Puree pulp.
3. Cream butter with a hand mixer.
4. Add powdered sugar and pulp little by little while with hand mixer on low until you reach desired consistency.