Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fresh Strawberry Cake with White Chocolate Chips

We love eating fresh strawberries and usually finish all strawberries so quickly that I wouldn't have any left for my baking. I know that I had to set aside a punnet of strawberry to bake this cake and I'm happy that I baked this. 

This cake is very easy to bake and "so cute" to eat. So cute?...LOL! My son couldn't wait to eat a slice of this fresh strawberry cake when I was taking photographs of it. He was jumping up and down behind me and was extremely excited with this cake and so I asked why...All because he thinks that it looks like Peppa pig's strawberry cake!

My son was thinking of a Peppa pig episode titled "Picnic". This episode is about the family going to a picnic. Peppa and George (Peppa's little brother) find a little pond and feed bread to the ducks. Mummy Pig's delicious strawberry cake attracts a wasp that chases Daddy Pig all around the picnic site. Eventually, Daddy pig is kind enough to allow Peppa to feed the ducks with his last slice of strawberry cake.

A week after this bake, we saw ducks while walking toward the local supermarket at Lorne, seaside town along Great Ocean Road. Funny that my son got very excited again saying..."Mummy! Mummy! I think the ducks need to eat our strawberry cake!"

"Strawberry cake?" I was confused initially. Then, I realised... My son remembers this strawberry cake and wants to be like Peppa feeding the duck with our strawberry cake. What a cute imagination!

strawberry white chocolate cake

This is how fresh strawberries become a slice of fresh strawberry cake...
This cake really looks like Peppa's strawberry cake!

Here's the recipe from the book, Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman.
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Serve 9

1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
2tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda (replaced by baking powder)
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
8 ounces strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1 cup white chocolate chips or chunks (I use the chips)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and dust it with flour, knocking out any extra (Instead, I just lined my baking pan with baking paper). Combine the egg, egg yolk, sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large glass measuring cup and lightly beat. Combine 1 1/4 cup flour, the baking powder, baking soda (I didn't add this), and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 min, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary.

3. With the mixer on medium-low speed, pour the egg mixture into the bowl in a slow stream, stopping the mixer once or twice to scrape down the bowl.

4. Turn the mixer n low speed and add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. After the last addition, mix for 30 sec on medium speed.

5. Combine the strawberries and remaining 1/4 cup of flour in a medium bowl and toss to coat. Fold the flour-covered berries along with the chocolate chips into the batter with a rubber spatula.

6. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake the cake until it is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 min. let the cake cool in the pan for about 5 min, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up on a rack to cool completely. Cut into 9 squares and serve.

7. Store uneaten squares in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Using half of the recipe, I've baked this cake in 10cm x 20cm baking pan at 160°C (fan forced) for 35 min. After cooling, I've cut the cake into 8 pieces and serve it with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.

Happy Baking
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  1. Strawberry and chocolate always works well!

  2. 2 of my favorite flavors together!

  3. Delicious ! Love the combination !

  4. kids always have good memories and imagination and how he cute is that for him to link this up to the peppa story! it's a very nice cake to eat, i'm sure all of us have enjoyed it so much!!

  5. It's nice to know that kids can relate things they see with things that they've heard before some time ago.
    But then, it's really generous of him thinking to share these with the ducks. For me, I won't. LOL.

  6. Yes, your cakes look too cute to eat, the way you cut into such small squares, I can eat it all in one mouthful lol! Bet it tasted even more delicious with the whipped cream:) I ate all my leftovers strawberries too!

  7. Good morning, Zoe! Your son is really cute! He knows a yummy cake when he sees one! That is a charming little story and it relates spot-on with your son when he sees the cake! Smart little boy!
    Yup, this is a lovely cake, moist and tender! We love it too! Looking forward for our "Creme Brulee" next!

  8. delicious looking cake and pictures

  9. That's a pretty cake! I want to try this too as I love strawberry. Will get some strawberry when I go to the supermarket later.

  10. Hi Zoe. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I'm glad I found yours and your lovely recipes! Have a great day!

  11. Zoe, kids are so cute & they have a very good memory. By the way, it does look like the cake from Peppa Pig, haha! I've "eating" this cake visually from Lena, Alice & Jeannie, would continue my eating journey here & later will also drop by Joyce's blog!

  12. Thanks so much for visiting my blog - and your kind comments.

    I love this cake - we live in the strawberry capital of California, so I'm always on the look-out for good strawberry recipes!

    You are so creative & your blog is fun to read.

  13. I'm currently a little bit ashamed that I know that very episode of peppa pig. I have no idea how or why. But, this cake do look like it!!

  14. what a cute story! and the cake looks yummy. Baked mine yesterday, will post tomorrow

  15. hi Zoe, your son is so cute and very intelligent too :)
    this cake is really nice, yours look so moist :)

  16. Your cake looks really delicious! I enjoyed baking this cake, thanks for choosing such a wonderful cake for this bake along. And your little boy is so cute, he has such a strong memory!

  17. Hi Zoe, Love your presentation, look very pretty. I just came from Lena's & Jeannie's place, now I'm admiring yours. :)
    Your strawberry cake look soft and moist and I like the last picture of the duck, very cute.

    Have a nice day.

  18. Ha-love how the dessert ties in to one of your son's story books! The classic combo of strawberries and white chocolate is hard to resist-yum! Your cake here does have some amazing qualities that tell me this would be a hit at home as well as a luncheon! Love the duck picture too.

  19. I saw this on Lena's blog and it made me so hungry, now my mouth is seriously watering! Love this yummy combination!

  20. I love the strawberry cake. It looks delicious and what a nice surprise, the white chocolate. YUM!

  21. Strawberries & chocolates - the best combo ever!
    That really looks like a perfectly baked cake!

  22. Love your site and love the recipe! We have a duck pond right by our house, maybe our waddlers would like some cake?
    Thanks for stopping by Foodness Gracious and I'm glad to be a new follower!

  23. Wow that looks so good! Never had strawberry cake before!

  24. Zoe, this cake looks delicious, like the idea of fresh strawberry and chocolate with a touch of lemon...looks so moist and pretty.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe and hope you are having a fabulous week :)

  25. haha i love how kids think, it does look like an incredible cake. we often buy strawberries at the market and we have eaten them all before we get home!

  26. What a nice picnic. Your cake is fab Zoe.

  27. Zoe, your son is very cute and intelligent. I cant cope up with kids nowadays so I chose not to have any haha..
    BTW this is a popular bake.. I have seen this appeared in a few blogger friends house.

    Yor strawberry cake looks yummy !!

  28. What a cute post! I can see why your son got excited about the cake; it does look like Peppa's:) I'm excited about this cake too!

  29. Lovely, love the presentation and thanks for sharing the recipe ^^

  30. Will definitely making this lovely cake this summer when we harvest our strawberries! Looks great! Love the story about your son related this cake to Peppa's cake! My youngest son used to love this cartoon too! Have a nice day! :)

  31. I always find it amazing how you link your bakes to books that your children read and use the opportunity to teach them. Not to mention that the cake truly looks amazing! I'm waiting for strawberries to come back in season before attempting this :)

  32. Zoe, your fresh strawberry cake and white chocolate chip look so inviting.
    I never try this combination before, would like to it a chance...;)
    How old is your son? He is so cute....^^

    1. Hi mui mui, my son just turns 3. Hope that you will like the cake as much as we do :D

  33. Hi can I check, you omitted the baking soda but instead substituted it with 3/4 tsp baking powder hence making the total of baking powder for this recipe to be 2 1/4 tsp?

    1. Yes, you are right that I'm supposed to use 2 1/4 tsp baking powder to bake the WHOLE recipe but I used 1 1/8 tsp baking powder to bake HALF the amount. Cheers!