Delicious Sundays

I love Sundays. Love them. For whatever reason, to me Sunday’s are 10x better than Saturdays. Regardless of the fact that Monday morning looms around the corner, I still look forward to Sundays every week. To me, Sunday’s mean feeling renewed after hearing a great message at church, enjoying sunshine, beach trips, curling up with a good book, delicious desserts and clean laundry-(I love the first night I sleep in clean sheets, for whatever reason I sleep like a baby on Sunday nights in my freshly laundered sheets). In the Becker household, Sunday’s also mean a delicious dinner and dessert. Brett and I plan grocery trips around what we want for dinner on Sunday nights. And it always has to include a homemade dessert. Last week it was caramel brownies and this week it was homemade strawberry cake (along with lasagna for dinner!) The cake turned out delicious, so I figured I would share the recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Cake

4 egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk*
16 oz of strawberries (1 carton)

*If you don’t have buttermilk you can use 1 cup milk mixed with 1 TBS lemon juice (or vinegar) instead. Mix and let stand for 5 minutes before adding to recipe.

For frosting, I make mine homemade, but I don’t have an exact recipe, I just do it by taste! Basically use 1/2 a stick of butter (softened, but not melted!), about 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla and a bag of confectioners sugar (added slowly). Beat and taste (it should be delicious or you did it wrong). Easy.

1. Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour two 9 x 1 1/2 inch cake pans.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each one is added. Alternatively add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined.

4. Spread into 2 cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. (I take them out of the pan and place them on a cooling rack). While cooling, cut strawberries into small slices.

5. Once cool, frost the first layer. Then place a layer of cut strawberries. Put the other layer on top, frost the entire thing, and then put the remaining strawberries on top. Enjoy!!

The finished product!

And homemade strawberry cake goes delicious with homemade lasagna of course…

Sunday night finished off with the coolest lighting storm I’ve seen in a long time. Of course every time Brett and I ran out to our balcony with a camera the lighting stopped and then as soon as we came back in and sat on the couch, the brightest flash of purple lighting would cross the sky. Obviously God was asking us to please not take photos during the show. Man, you’ve gotta love Sunday’s….

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