Valentine....My Funny Valentine...I love that song. Valentines Day, not so much. Since losing the love of my life 11 years ago I've had a hard time with this time of year. The purple iris was always my favorite flower but when I received a huge bouquet of them on Valentine's Day and I had just received the most devasting news I just can't bear the scent or sight of them again. So I've decided to shower myself with a new favorite flower...Peonies! They are such a beautiful flower and the fragrance is so divine. I remember growing up and having a huge bush in the backyard. The hot pink flowers would burst in clusters and butterflies would flock to the scent.
Now that we have had the worst snow storms this year, I'm ready to welcome spring. Peonies and Old Fashioned Strawberry Cake will do the job. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always make this strawberry cake in the spring and it still remains my favorite.
Sorry...This isn't vegan or healthy for that matter - It's just good. Good for a broken heart on Valentine's Day.
My your day be filled with love - no matter where you find it. Enjoy...
Old Fashioned Strawberry Cake
1 Box White Cake Mix
3oz Strawberry Jello
15oz Frozen Strawberries with juice, thawed and pureed
4 lg Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Water
Pecans or Walnut (optional)
Butter Cream Frosting
1 Stick Butter, Softened
10 oz Frozen Strawberries, thawed and pureed
7 Cups Powdered Sugar
Fresh Strawberries for Garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degress and lightly grease a baking pan.
In a large bowl combine the cake mix and jello. Add the eggs, strawberries, oil and water. Beat on medium until throughly incorporated and smooth. Add pecans or walnuts if you desire and mix in.
Pour into prepared baking pans and bake for 20 minutes. Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pans for 20 minutes and then remove from pans and let cool completely on a wire rack.
To make the Frosting:
Cream together the butter and the strawberries and then mix in gradually the powdered sugar. Mix with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Put in refrigerator and let it chill so it spreads well when icing the cake.
Spread icing in between layers of cakes and then cover the cake all over with remaining icing. Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries.
I like to chill the cake before serving. The icing has a tendancy to get soft easy because of the butter.
Cut a slice, smell the peonies and enjoy your Valentine's Day.