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Monday, June 7, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday, A Giveaway and Strawberry Sheet Cake

Giveaway Time!

I have a really great giveaway for you! Josh over at Bluegala is letting me giveaway a top or dress (of Bluegala's choosing) to one lucky reader!



I love this little top! It has a great neckline for a show off necklace!




I love this little orange shirt! It would look great with a pair of jeans or capri's. It just screams summer!




I think this white dress would be cute with a little tee shirt under it!




I think this is a great little black dress.

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Today I'm hooking up with Between Naps on The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday. I'm still working on a few more projects for our livingroom and so I thought I'd share a quick one with you.


This picture is a little hard to see, but this is a pineapple thing I've had for a long time and a candlestick that I bought at D.I.. I asked my sweet hubby to paint them black and glue them together. He had to file down the candlestick a little to make it fit right, but I thought he did a really good job!




I asked my sweet hubby to take a picture of the finished product and he took it outside to get a good shot. I kind of wanted a picture of it in our livingroom, but this is what you get
!




I wanted to make a strawberry cake with fresh strawberries, but I couldn't find a recipe for what I wanted. I wanted fresh strawberries and no strawberry Jello. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with this recipe. I made it in a sheet cake pan because I think a thin piece of cake with a nice covering of frosting is yummy! I made a nice strawberry cream cheese frosting for this cake, and I think it turned out a winner.


Strawberry Sheet Cake


3/4 cup strawberry puree, room temperature (follows)
1/4 cup milk, room temperature
6 large egg whites, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a sheet cake pan with Pam.

In small bowl, combine puree, milk, egg, vanilla and mix with a whisk until well blended. In another bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a mixer at slow speed mix the dry ingredients and the butter until combined and resembling moist crumbs.

Add liquids and beat at medium speed for about 1 minute or until fluffy and well mixed. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 1 more minute. Spread the batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake then frost.

Strawberry Puree

2 cups chopped strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar

Sprinkle the sugar over the strawberries and let sit for about 2 hours. I didn't want to wait that
long, so I put them in the microwave for about 1 minute. Microwaving it kind of gets the juices to come out faster. Dump it in the blender and puree. Measure out 3/4 cup and save the rest for the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

4-5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry puree
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

Beat strawberry puree, cream cheese and 4 cups of powdered sugar until fluffy. Add more powdered sugar to get the desired thickness. Spread on cooled cake.


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