Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bake Along #21 - Fresh Strawberry Cake With White Chocolate Chips

Just like the title of the book where this recipe comes from - Cake Keeper, this cake is really a keeper!
Soft and fluffy - I really mean it, it's really really soft and fluffy, my kind of cake
I couldn't stop at 1 slice each time I ate this cake, not so good for my waistline :)

One thing is it's really sweet, I have halved the sugar amount and I still find it's too sweet, especially after left overnight
I guess cos of the sweetness from white chocolate. I am a dark chocolate fans, not really into white chocolate. The next time I bake this cake again, I'll replace with dark chocolate instead :)

And I found that the white chocolate in the cake didn't melt, anybody experienced the same thing as me?



You see thefirst pic above?
I was quite upset to find out that all the pictures I took was quite blurry, that was the best after sorting out! :(
Perhaps I was quite tired that day, after I was out in the morning, I immediately baked this cake once I reached home in the late afternoon. After I finished preparing all ingredients, I paused for 1 hour to assist Abby doing her homework. By the time I finished everything including the washing (the most dreadful part!) it's already close to 9pm and I haven't had my dinner. So while I waited for the cake to cool, I had my late dinner. After that I had to clean up kitchen, tucked my kids to bed and then finally I could take a snap of the cake
Perhaps I was a little too rushed and didn't really concentrate, hence the disappointing result wew...  Anyway taking pictures at night can never be as good as during daytime when the sunlight can be such a great help, but often I don't have choice...
Ok, I shall stop complaining, since the second pic was not that bad :)

Here's the recipe with the adjustment I made...
(original recipe is from "Cake Keeper Cakes" by Lauren Chattman)

What you need:

1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces strawberries, sliced into 4
1 cup white chocolate chunks
  1. Heat oven to 175degC. Grease 9"square pan, dust with flour and knock out the excess
  2. Combine egg, egg yolk, sour cream, lemon zest, vanilla in large bowl and beat lightly with balloon whisk
  3. Combine 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt in medium bowl, sift together
  4. Combine butter and sugar in mixing bowl, cream with electric mixer on medium high til fluffy, around 3minutes
  5. Reduce to medium low speed, pour in egg mixture into the bowl in a slow stream, mix well
  6. Turn mixer to low speed and add flour mixture, 1/2 cup each time, After the last addition, mix for 30secs on medium speed
  7. Combine strawberries and remaining 1/4cup flour in medium bowl and toss to coat
  8. Fold the flour covered berries along with the chocolate chips into the batter with spatula
  9. Scrape batter into pan and smooth top with spatula
  10. Bake for 25minutes til golden brown, when skewer comes out clean
  11. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5minutes, invert on wire rack and then turn it right side up, cool completely
This cake is for the exciting event of Bake Along #21, please visit the hosts' wonderful blogs too : Joyce, Lena and Zoe.
Thanks for the idea of baking this fabulous cake, it's very well received by my family

30 comments:

  1. Hi Alice, You did great with the cake! And yes, the white choc chip did not melt, I can taste the "crunhcy" bite of it! I think all of us reduced the sugar, otherwise it will be extremely sweet! Overall, this is a lovely cake! And yes, I hate the cleaning and washing up too! Sometimes I wish I got someone to do it for me! :o(
    Thank you for baking-along with us, great to have you! Have a lovely day! :o)

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    1. thks Joyce :) yes, me too the choc chips are still solid in the cake, it contributed a lot in the overly sweet taste whwnever munching this cake :)

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  2. Your cake looks pretty! I want to try this too as I love strawberry. Will get some strawberry when I go to the supermarket later.

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    1. hi Ann, thks :)
      this cake is really a must try, very yummy :)

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  3. I am very happy too baking this cake and totally agree with you that this recipe is a keeper. I was using chocolate chips instead of chunks and wouldn't expect my chocolate to melt for my cake. I actually prefer this way to have lots of tiny bits of chocolate chips for every bite of our cake :D

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    1. hi Zoe, yes indeed a keeper! :)
      yes mine is still solid in the cake, i would expect it to have some melting texture, but it doesnt matter, the cake is still delicious :)

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  4. your cake look really soft and moist, well done!

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    1. hi Sonia, thks :) this is a yummy cake :)

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  5. I used chocolate chunks which melted and disappeared lol! I cut them too small! But I agreed with you the cake is on the sweet side. Have to reduce the sugar even more the next time I make this cake. Overall, a very delicious cake! And I too often took my photos in the night because that's when they are cold enough to cut!

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    1. hi Jeannie, perhaps it'll disappear when the cut is smaller in size :)
      i agree with u, a keeper cake :) thks!

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  6. Hi Alice, saw Lena posted about this "Bake Along" cake, just pop over here to say hi! So tempting to grab 1 from you!

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    1. hi Jessie, thks for dropping by
      you're late, the cake is all gone LOL

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  7. Alice, thanks for your compliments. Yours look so moist. Must be in great taste too! Nice to bake along with you.

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    1. hi Angeline, thks :)
      nice knowing u :)

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  8. Hi Alice, your strawberry cake look good, soft and moist. Never mind the 1st picture but the 2nd picture look good, very clear. Love the combo of strawberry and chocolate chip.

    Have a nice day.

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    1. hi Amelia, thks :) the cake is really good! Have a great week :)

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  9. It does look soft and moist. Am book-marking this ....

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    1. hi Chris, this is a must try cake
      believe me you'll love it, all who baked this cake do :)
      thks for dropping by :)

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  10. i can never take pictures at night, it will turn out very dark so if i bake anything in the evening, i will take it the next morning but your 2nd pic is good, very clear. Glad to hear that you enjoyed eating the cake, i think all of us who made this cake have enjoyed eating it, really moist. It's quite a good book, so far i think we have made 3 or 4 recipes from this book and all came out good. Thanks again for supporting always!

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    1. hi Lena, thks!
      yeah, i think i have to do that too, if the cake is ready at night, i'll take pic the next morning :)
      oh i just realized that this is not the first cake chosen from the book
      now i'm tempted to get a copy :P

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  11. oh btw, i've already baked the cheese swirled cake, you can find my updates at the home bakers homepage.

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    1. hi Lena, thks! i'll take a look
      i'll be baking the cake on this coming weekend :)

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  12. Strawberries and white chocolate - yum! Aways a winning combination! Isn't it annoying when your pics let you down.

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    1. yeah, so disappointed with the 1st pic, especially when i couldnt take the second snap cos the cakes were all gone LOL
      thks for dropping by Lin :)

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  13. The cake looks so delicious and the 2nd picture is very sharp. Taking pictures can be a chore especially during gloomy weather.

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    1. hi Cheah, thks! :) yes, i think if i can i'll keep the cake til the next morning if i want to take picture
      but some is not possible, such as steamed fish :P

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  14. Hey it's ok if the chips didnt melt. Thats the best part dear :)
    Your cake looks great and totally agree that it's a "keeper"

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    1. hi Anuja, thks for dropping by :)
      yes actually that's true, it's nice to taste the "crunch" from the chocolate chips :)
      but honestly i'm not into white chocolate, i always prefer dark chocolate :)

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  15. Oh I hate taking photos of food at night and when it's raining too! The dim lighting makes the food look weird... but your second photo looks great! So moist and filled with strawberries and white chocolate chips! Pretty and delicious!

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    1. hi Jasline, thks :)
      yeah, sometimes I wish I could do my cooking and baking in the morning so I wouldnt have problem in taking the pics
      but often its unavoidable situation, such as cooking for dinner, definitely i have to take pics just before dinner time when its already dark outside
      oh yes, rainy cloudy weather is another challenge :)

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