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February 1, 2009

Strawberry Cake for an important milestone





Although I celebrated Appa's birthday on The Singing Chef with a Date and Fruit Cake, in the non blog life, I celebrated it with this simple strawberry cake. My friend in Bombay had sent me 2 boxes of strawberries through Amma and they needed to be used up really quickly. So I decided to use them up in a nice manner. I even tried to decorate it with some strawberry halves, but they all sank in. The cake turned out to be very tasty and extremely moist. I loved every bite. Half of the cake was gone in no time at all. The other half was savoured slowly. I didn't get any pictures of the cake after it was cut.


1 cup Flour

1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
a Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Egg, beaten
a few drops of Red Food Colouring (optional)

Preheat the oven to350F (180 C).


Grease and flour/line an 8-inch cake tin.


Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.


In a mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, sugar, oil, vanilla and food colour (if using). Beat well together. Add the flour mixture to this and blend well. Add the chopped strawberries and mix well.


Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Decorate with strawberry halves, if desired, and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife/skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.

I'm sending this cake to Sig as she celebrates her birthday. Since it has as much fruit as it does flour, I hope she won't mind a small slice. This blog is now 21 months old and I am thrilled to celebrate my 400th post here with this cake.

35 comments:

sunita said...

Yummy cake , and congrats on your 400th post :-)

Happy cook said...

Wow i have never made strawberry cake , this looks yumm.

sra said...

400? Wow! I'm limping on to less than 200 in the 2-1/4 years of blog life ...

Aparna said...

Congratulations on the 4 th century of posts and your blog reaching such an important age.

Strawberry in cake sounds good. Its certainly a beautiful colour. My daughter has discovered this fruit in a big way this year!

Sig said...

Oh, thank you darling, I am honored! Congrats on the 400th and wow, you are going to get to that 1000 soon at this pace!

Cham said...

Wow 400 posts, great job! Love the second picture, such a nice way to indulge all the fruits in slice

TBC said...

That pink batter sure looks good to me! I'm sure the cake tasted great.:D
And did you say 400 posts?! That's quite an achievement, Raaga. Here's to many many more good eats!

Nags said...

400 posts!! wow :) congrats

Vibaas said...

congrats on this big milestone. Cake looks awesome. Super yum!

Uj said...

Congratulations ...400 posts.. With Strawberry in the cake it must have tasted great! Got to try this out soon.. another cake bookmarked.

Madhu said...

Strawberry cake sounds wonderful to celebrate big 400! Cake looks great !

Poonam said...

congrats!!! and a yummy cake!!

Akeelu said...

Great Acheivement! Congo!

The Cake looks yummy... i love strawberries!

I haven't tried anything in baking but just waiting to try out... but i never miss to read any recipe on baking...
i have planning to try it after getting married :)

Raaga..my doubt may be very silly... but i need an answer for the same..

What is the flour used?I always see people using all purpose flour. Is it as same as maida?

Raaga said...

@Sunita: Thank you :-)

@HC: Do try it. It is not too sweet... just right

Raaga said...

@Sra: You don't have filter coffee and the like on your blog, do you? ;-) Oops, did I let the secret out? :-)

@Aparna: Thanks. I have to go and buy more strawberries... got to make kulfi :-)

Raaga said...

@Sig: I am glad you liked it :-) You said 500 in year 1, going by my original pace... maybe 500 by June or so this year :-)

Raaga said...

@Cham: Do try it :-)

@TBC: The final cake didn't turn out pink... except for the bits of strawberry... but it was great tasting.

Raaga said...

@Nags: Thank you :-)

@Vibaas: Thanks, let me know if you try it.

@Uj: Send me pics when you do :-) It did taste great.

Raaga said...

@Madhu and Poonam: Thanks :-)

@Akeelu: Thanks. Yes, it is maida. :-) So, when's the wedding?

Alka said...

Hearty congratulations for ur 400th..i just finished my 100th and was damn excited .so i can easily imagine the 4 fold happiness while publishing ur 400th
Cake sounds and look lovely,nice way to celebrate :-)

Akeelu said...

Thanks Raaga! Wedding would be in early next year!! Have just got a green signal for my love ( from both sides)
Basically thats when i will have a kitchen all to myself to try out things that i want...

looking forward to your next recipe!!! trust me... some of your photos really do justice!!

Jayashree said...

400 in less than 2 yrs??? WOW!!!
Love the gorgeous colour of the cake.

Simran said...

Congrats on your 400th post! Strawberry cake looks lovely; just perfect for the occasion

Curry Leaf said...

CONGRATS ON 400th post.wishing you many many more milestones.the cake is heavenly.I love strawberries in cake. perfect for celebration

A_and_N said...

Congrats! 400! I realize how nascent my blog is ;)

The colour on the cake is gorgeous. I'm thinking if you dust the strawberries with flour and then put them, they won't sink. I'm not sure though. I saw this somewhere on TV!

Deepa said...

Lovely cake Have to try it out one day soon with whole wheat flour and an egg replacer. Meanwhile, did I tell you my husband made artichoke "mor kuzhambu"? Turned out really really yummy, as bizarre as it sounds theoretically.
Deepa

zlamushka said...

Hi Raaga,

Please let me know whether you are still interested in hosting T&T in 2009. Tried to locate your email, but no luck :-(

Swapna said...

WOW..400th Post?? And a Strawberry cake..no less...!!

I have an award for you..collect when ur busy schedule allows.. :)

MeetaK said...

congrats! the strawberry cake looks lovely. i cannot wait for the season to begin here!

arundati said...

wow!! congratulations...as always this is a fitting celebration!! cheers to racing onto the next 400!!

~~louise~~ said...

Congratulations on your 400th! Raaga. Thanks for stopping over at my blog. Your Strawberry Cake recipe is a keeper. Oh how I wish it were strawberry season:(

Sharmi said...

congrats on the lovely 400th post:)
Belated wishes to appa!
Hey send this to http://pedatha.com/2009/01/22/cooking-for-kids-with-love/
really good and apt for the event.

Anonymous said...

congrats dear. the cake looks lovely. can u plz tell me which oven do u use, the make and the model. thanks.

sandra

Raaga said...

Thanks Sandra. I use a Samsung 28L microwave with convection.

http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=homesolutions&type=microwaveoven&subtype=convection&model_cd=CE1031LAT/XTL

Ramya said...

Hi Raaga,

I tried this strawberry cake and absolutely loved it. My 2 yr old girl is very fond of strawberries and she was the one who had the majority chunk of the cake. Thanks a lot for this easy recipe. Please do visit my blog. I have given you due credit.
http://ramyasrecipe.blogspot.com/2011/06/strawberry-cake.html