This is my very first attempt at making a whole cake. No, really it is. The other attempts were either disastrous resulting to cake gone south or I had much help from the mom. So, it comes as no surprise if I tell you the cake was not pretttyyyy. My cake decorating and frosting skills are awesome FAIL. It was quite tasty nevertheless.
I used this recipe for the cake and sandwiched the cake layers with a layer of frosting+strawberry slices+strawberry puree. The cake layers turned out a tad bit hard and I guess I have myself to blame for it. The recipe stated that I had to bake the layers in two separate tins but I obviously do not have two tins of the same measurement. Oh and I did not have the exact measure either! Although my mom has a very impressive range of baking equipment, we alas, still have missing ones. The big mistake I made was that I substituted the required tin with the smaller one I had which was 7-inch and let us just say that the cake was threatening to explode it's dress. Haha. I will if I am making this again use the larger one which is the 9 inch and cross my fingers and pray that the layers would not turn out too thin. OR, well, I suppose of course I could go out and buy an 8-inch tin. My oven is not big enough to contain two tins so I would have to bake it one shot.
I would recommend this recipe if you are looking for a strawberry cake base because it really packs alot of strawberry punch in those tight crumbs and although my cake layers did not turn out pink, I am sure yours probably would. Oh! Please check out the rest of the posts on the blog! On second thought, perhaps it is unnecessary to ask you to do so because they look absolutely delicious and you know what is good.
Here you go, Happy Birthday!
Edit: I used the brown sugar cream cheese frosting which was soooo yum.