March 16, 2010

An Eggless Fresh Strawberry Cake, Baked From Scratch!


There’s something almost irresistible about strawberries, I think. It’s not like they’re my favourite fruit by far yet, when I see those little boxes of strawberries at my fruit vendor’s shop I am unable to come away without buying at least a couple.

In India, winter is the season for a whole seasonal fruits including berries. So I have been making quite a few things with strawberries in them, but just haven’t posted them yet. I’ll start the strawberry season here on this blog (a bit late really, since strawberries are on their way out here) with a strawberry cake.

I came across the idea of a strawberry cake when I was experimenting with making Red Velvet cupcakes without artificial colour. Strawberries do stain the cake batter a pale pink. That seemed a very pretty colour to have in a cake.
So I went looking for a good recipe and all I kept seeing were recipes which in which the strawberries were layered in the cake! Then there were cakes which used cake mixes or gelatine. There were also cakes which asked for lots of eggs, probably to ensure a light cake texture.

I have made strawberry muffins with strawberry pieces in them. What I wanted was a baked-from-scratch strawberry cake with fresh strawberry purée in it, without the gelatin and preferably without the eggs.
That was a bit of a tall order but I wasn’t willing to settle for less; I also wanted my cake to be light and not dense because of the fruit!!
So I just decided to put together a sort of strawberry cake of my own on my own terms of no cake mix/ pudding, no gelatin and no eggs.




Most cakes that have fruit or vegetable in them tend to use oil as the fat of choice. I decided to use butter as I wasn’t using eggs and I wanted as light a cake as possible. It is important to beat the butter and sugar really well till creamy and fluffy. This will ensure a better texture in the cake.
Here’s my recipe.



Ingredients:


100gm butter, soft at room temperature

1 to 1 ½ cups sugar (depends on how sweet the strawberries are)

1 1/4 cup thick puréed fresh strawberries

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt



Method:


Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and, using an electric hand mixer, beat on high speed till creamy and fluffy. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Add this together with the vanilla extract to the creamed mixture and beat till just well mixed. Add the strawberry puree and fold lightly till well mixed.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8” round cake tin (that’s what I have) and bake at 180C for about 45 minutes or till a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in tin for about 10 minutes and loosen from the tin. Cool completely on a rack.

Dust cake with powdered sugar or frost with whipped cream. I chose to leave my cake plain as I don’t really like frosted cakes.
This cake serves about 8 to 10.


28 comments:

Madhuri said...

Aparna Cake looks perfect and so is your shot.

RJ Flamingo said...

This sounds like exactly what I've been looking for! It's coming near end of strawberry season here, too, and I've been wanting to bake something that doesn't use that gummy syrup stuff.

Asha @ FSK said...

Go girl!! Sticking to what you want and getting it!!! :))
hmm.. oil usually makes the cake lighter and add moisture as well. surprised you found it makes it dense.

Pavithra said...

Looks so so so good ena so soft too.. yummy.

Srimathi said...

Hi Aprana,

The cake looks good without the eggs. I have a hard time baking without eggs because the cake becomes very dense as you mentioned.Good job.

Indhu said...

lovely idea for going without eggs... and I am very impressed that you created this all by yourself... love the colour :)

Jayashree said...

I like the way you've made this with no eggs and no oil.

Rachana Kothari said...

I loveeee strawberries and your cake is simply delicious:)

Simran said...

Lovely cake!

I made my last fresh strawberry recipe today, but I have a bag frozen to last me another month.

Cham said...

I do have my straw plant starting flowering! Hope I get few these year! A fruity and eggless sure very interesting!

Aparna S Mallya said...

sounds good! how much is 100g butter in terms of cup measure?

Aparna said...

Then forget the gummy syrup and get baking, Renee. :)

Asha, I sometimes find using oil in cakes especially those with fruit/ veggies gives a slightly "pasty" taste on the tongue.

Thanks Srimathi and Indhu. Its not really "impressive", when you thnk most cakes are flour, butter/ oil, sugar and eggs (sometimes). :)

I still have some fresh strawberries left and I've frozen a whole lot too, Simran. :D

Cham, wouldn't mind growing some strawberries myself, but wouldn't work here.

Aparna, its a little less than 1/2 cup or 1 stick. 1/2 cup butter would be closer to 110 gm and 1 stick butter is about 113 gm.

Whenever a recipe asks for 1 stick (or 1/2 cup) butter, I use 100 gm. Here I can buy 100 gm slabs of butter so I need not bother with weighing/ measuring.

s said...

wow....the work of genius! I must try this..I too have some strawberries at home..this sounds great.

jayasree said...

Wow.. eggless. The ingredient list with fewer items impressed me. And you have got a decent cake too.

Lisa said...

I was just thinking STRAWBERRY before I popped onto your blog..as in a strawberry verrine - all components strawberry, from gelee to mousse to coulis. Now that I've seen your beautiful and eggless strawberry cake..my first thought was..why not a layer of THIS cake on top? It looks absolutely delightful, delicious and soo pretty :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I too am pulled in by the look of gorgeous strawberries! This sounds lovely and perfect for spring!

lisaiscooking said...

I was searching for a strawberry cake with no packaged products too. This sounds fresh and delicious!

Michelle said...

I had the same problem with trying to find a recipe for a Strawberry Cupcake I wanted to make and finally ended up developing my own recipe.

Now I'm thinking I'd like to make a fresh raspberry cupcake too!

Happy Cook said...

Here we still have to wait till Mau for strawberries. I love cakes like this.Hubby is opposite he likes cake with cream etc....
I have never makes cakes withour eggs. Once i should tey a eggless recipe.

Suma said...

U made it so well in spite of it being a tall order Aparna:-)) Cake looks delish! Baking a good acke without cakes is indeed a challenge.

Even I like strawberries more for their visual appeal rather than their taste!

jayasri said...

I think i made a eggless strawberry cake long time back, i too used strawberry puree, The colour of the cake was different, and actually it came out well, Of course needless to say as always my photos are so stupid!!, yours look gorgeous than mine, The pics are beautiful,,,,, I should try this, now strawberry's are in market

Kajal - Aapplemint said...

I'm going to have to share this recipe with all my vegetarian friends. I can never bake an eggless cake. This looks fabulous.

sra said...

Like the idea of puree in cake - haven't had a cake with fresh strawberry in it, I'm sure. The Goa trip I visited you on last year has come around this year too - someone else's turn to go for it, though!

Bong Mom said...

This looks like doable for me kinds. The kiddo loves strawberries and I am hoping this will be appreciated. I will like it for sure :-)

VeggieWiz said...

Hi Aparna! Made this today and it was yum! Came out great for an eggless cake!

Serving More Than My Country said...

This cake is awesome!! I love that it has all natural, and egg less. I made this as part of a cake fundraiser for our team to go to the Susan Komen 3 day walk. This cake brought our team in a $175.00 Thanks for such as awesome cake.

Curry Leaf said...

I missed this post Aparna.I also make similar cupcake with mangoes and I agree with you about the oil makes it pasty and I suppose fruit purees make the cake denser.I have also heard that if eggs are added then they balance and it will come out correctly? Don't know whether true or not?Anyway I always make eggless cakes and with fruit purees they are denser.

Muffin recept said...

I LOVE strawberry cake! For real, I am not a huge cake fan, but strawberry is one of my favorites. Your's is beautiful!