It's strawberry season and what better way to highlight these luscious berries than in a cake? I made this cake for a first birthday party and it was a big hit. I didn't make the entire cake strawberry because I wasn't sure that everyone would share my love of strawberry cake but I did make a giant strawberry cupcake filled with fresh whipped cream and vanilla buttercream to sit on top of the cake.
4 Tablespoons strawberry jam
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
6 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
pink food coloring
2/3 cup whole milk
Combine strawberries and jam in a small bowl.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg whites.
Add dry ingredients, alternating with milk.
Add a few drops of pink food coloring.
Stir in strawberries.
Divide between cake pans.
Bake 30 minutes at 350.
Cool on wire racks.
I filled this little cake with buttercream and it eventually became a giant cupcake on top of a larger polka dot cake.