HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

ImageMake this a very enjoyable weekend, but also keep it safe. Lots of people out and about, so always watch out for the others. The safety part also goes for the grilling that we love to do. Those grills can stay hot for a while after we have eaten and forgotten about them, so watch the children and pets around them, but this holiday is made for having fun,fun,fun….and don’t forget the dessert…..Yum!!!

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanillaextract
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  •  1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  1 1/2 cups quartered strawberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, gelatin and butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Mix flour and baking powder, and beat alternately with the milk into the sugar mixture. Fold in 1 teaspoon vanilla and pureed strawberries. Divide equally into three 9 inch round cake pans.
  3. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then remove from pans and cool completely.
  4. To make the filling: Beat whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla on high until stiff. Fill each layer with 1/3 of the whipped cream and 3/4 cup sliced strawberries.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat the margarine, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread over the sides of the cake, and pipe an edge of frosting around the top of the cake.
  6. Spread remaining whipped cream on cake top. Top with quartered strawberries.

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