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.