Strawberry Cream Cake

Today at work, we celebrated Amanda L.’s and Gaby’s birthday. Gaby wanted me to make a strawberry cake for the celebration, so here it is! Although the recipe calls for fresh strawberries to garnish the cake, I decided to drizzle melted chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries.

Ingredients:
1  package white cake mix
1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries, pureed
8 ounces strawberry cream cheese
fresh strawberries (optional)

Frosting:
8 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 ounces cream cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly butter a large rectangular baking pan.
2. Make cake per directions except substitute the 1 1/2 cups of strawberries for the water, and add 1 extra egg (if cake mix calls for 3 eggs, add 4) and 8 ounces of the cream cheese at room temperature. Beat well and pour into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cake cool fully before frosting.
4. To make the frosting, heat the heavy cream until just beginning to boil. Pour it over the white chocolate and the 4 ounces cream cheese. Mix well and let cool. Once cool, fold into the whipped topping. Use to frost cooled cake and garnish with sliced fresh strawberries.

16 servings

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Baking is not one of my specialties. I hardly ever bake cookies, cupcakes, or anything sweet. It might have to do with the fact that when I cook, I throw a bit of everything in, usually without measuring. When it comes to baking, it’s necessary to measure. Too much sugar or too little baking powder can result in an unsatisfied baked good.

However, once a blue moon, I find myself in a baking mood. Here’s a recipe for a strawberry cheesecake that I’ve made a couple of times on occasion. This cheesecake is lighter compared to the traditional cheesecake. I think it’s because of the addition of lemon juice. You can top the cake with fresh strawberries, and you have a dessert perfect for a beautiful spring day.

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries, thawed
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

Directions:
1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of an 9 inch springform pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries and cornstarch. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into a saucepan, and boil and stir for 2 minutes. Set aside 1/3 cup strawberry sauce and cool. Cover and refrigerate remaining sauce for serving.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in condensed milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Add eggs and beat on low just until combined.
4. Pour half of the cream cheese mixture over crust. Drop half of the reserved strawberry mixture by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto cream cheese layer. Carefully spoon remaining cream cheese mixture over sauce. Drop remaining strawberry sauce by 1/2 teaspoonfuls on top. With a knife, cut through top layer only to swirl strawberry sauce.
5. Bake at 300 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen and cool 1 hour longer.
6. Refrigerate overnight. Remove side of pan. Serve strawberry sauce with cheesecake. Store in the refrigerator.

12 servings