Strawberry Shortcake. Not that healthy, but yummy!

This was made for a BBQ at a friend’s house on Friday, and it was a big hit!

Presentation is VERY important with deserts, especially desserts you will be taking to a party.  I bought a Trifle stand so you could see all the layers, this makes it ten times better! It was only $10 plus one of those 20% off BB&B coupons, totally worth it!

I bought the Angel Food cake at Target, not gonna bother making that. Incase you are like me and LOVE Pound Cake, the difference between them is pretty huge. There are about 1200 Calories and 60 grams of fat in a regular size pound cake. There are 840 Calories and ZERO grams of fat in a whole Angel Food Cake. Yup, I chose the Angel Food.  I cut it into cubes for better bite size pieces.

The whip cream is REAL home-made whip cream. Nothing is better than real home-made whip cream! It’s also really easy. Just pour two or three cups of Heavy Whipping Cream into a chilled mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and a teaspoon a vanilla extra. Beat with a mixer until thick and whip cream like! I like mine very un-sweet so I don’t do much sugar. I make up for this was this the strawberries.

I used a lot of strawberries, two of those bigger plastic containers of them. Cut them into smaller pieces, place in a bowl and throw in a 1/4 cup of sugar. mix until juicy!  The sugar is pretty important, especially if you can’t find perfectly ripe juicy strawberries.

To layer you will do Shortcake, strawberries, cream. Repeat. Top with whip cream. Done! Oh so easy, and so yummy! Not to mention this served about 18 people, which is awesome! People will be impressed.

Then you just layer

Trial and Error: Whole Wheat Vegan Cake

So I learned today that you really can’t just “wing it” when it comes to baking. I’m a big fan of making recipes up on the spot or substituting when I don’t have what they ask for. With baking this often results in a big FLAT cake…lol!

I searched around a bit for a Whole Wheat Cake, still working on not making anything with WHITE flour. I found two recipes that looked good. This Sour Cream Coffee Cake sounded good (using Whole Wheat Flour, as well as this Whole Wheat Walnut Coffee Cake. I’ve also recently been a little obsessed with Alicia Silverstone’s Website The Kind Life and her take on eating Vegan. So I thought I could just combine some recipes and make a cake vegan…lol…it turned out…interesting.

Here is what I did:

Ingredients

  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar (although to do it again I would only use 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4  cup Earth Balance (vegan butter)
  • 2/3 cup Unsweetened Organic Applesauce
  • 1  cup  Vegan Sour cream
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4  cups Whole Wheat flour
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 small apple diced small
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 2 ingredients; set aside.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add Apple Sauce and Apples, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat well. Pour into sprayed round pan, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool the cake on a wire rack.

Optional lemon Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 to 3 tablespoons water or milk

Pour on top of cooling cake, add fresh sliced strawberries.

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In the end both Mr. Gaunt and I thought this tasted good, but it didn’t really rise. It would have been nice if it had been thicker and fluffier. The whole Wheat Flour gives it a very wheaty taste, I liked it. I will have to keep trying this to see if I can’t find a better recipe…err…a REAL recipe…lol!

In better news, we won our softball game! I kinda pulled my groin so that sucks. I just keep hurting myself, oh well. Hoping to take it easier tomorrow at work, I busted my ass today. Oh and I have Easter pics to show you too! Soon enough.