With many Amish families consisting of 8, 9, 10 or more people,celebrating birthdays is often a once a month or more affair. Of course, cake is a staple of the celebration. Most often the cakes are scratch-made (although boxed mixes are used in some places), smothered with some frosting, and that's about it...a very basic - but delicious - birthday cake. Some of the best birthday cakes I've ever eaten have been Amish-made. Lovina makes some superb birthday cakes! Birthday cakes were on my mind because one of my nieces celebrated her 5th birthday over the weekend. For the occasion my mother-in-law whipped up a creative, scratch-made "strawberry chip" cake. I was a little wary of the flavor combination at first, but it really worked, so I thought I'd share her recipe with all of you!
- 2½ cups flour
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1¼ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 /3 cup strawberry juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- To make the strawberry juice, cook 1 quart strawberries. Strain the juice into a bowl, saving ⅓ cup for the frosting.
- Beat the eggs and mix in ⅔ cup strawberry juice, oil, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. After well-combined mix another 2 - 3 minutes.
- Pour into lightly greased 9 X 13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
- Two and one-fourths cup confectioners sugar
- One tablespoon softened butter
- one fourth cup strawberry juice
- Whip with electric mixture and spread onto cooled cake. Decorated with chocolate chips if desired.
That sounds yummy, and the birthday girl is a cutie! 🙂
Kevin, on my computer screen the instructions for making the icing have cut off the first number or letter making it difficult to figure out how much confectioner sugar, butter, and strawberry juice should be used. Otherwise, it sounds like a delicious cake!
fixed it, thanks Gloria!