I made this cake a month ago, but summer is flying by so quickly, it feels like it was just last weekend! Yesterday I was actually surprised to see all the “back to school” stuff at the stores and then it hit me that it’s nearly mid-August. Summer, where did you go?
Luckily in times of crisis (and yes, summer ending is a crisis!), I find it’s best just to enjoy the moment and eat some cake…especially if it’s this cake. I made this berry-licious treat for my family reunion and let me tell you, it was gone so fast I barely got a piece. I think that’s the ultimate compliment, right?
Not only is this cake perfect for a summer get-together, but it’s also crazy easy to make. Seriously. I took the train to Tacoma, not arriving until 9pm and the reunion started the next day at noon. I had an idea of what I wanted to make, something sweet involving the jar of homemade strawberry freezer jam that I had brought along, but I didn’t really have a game plan.
On the trip up, I kept telling myself, just make it easy. Go to the store and buy a cake mix. No one will ever know and, as long as it has sugar in it, no one will care. But I remembered that I had seen a simple white cake recipe (hilariously named Mr. Wonderful White Cake) on one of my favorite blogs, food for fun, so I figured I’d give it a try.
The recipe had two key things working for it: it is easy enough to whip up before bedtime and most likely you already have everything you need for it in your pantry. These are two essential components to last-minute cake making!
And here’s how it went down:
In a fit of honesty, I will totally cop to getting all Sandra Lee with my frosting. In true semi-homemade style I took a can of vanilla frosting and doctored it up with lemon juice and lemon zest. The citrus with the strawberry really made it taste bright and summery.
Now here’s where I could have just left things, after all the cake was pretty and pristine…but dare I say it was a bit boring? And I had just a little bit of jam left. Not enough to bring home but too much to throw away…So after a serious 15-minute debate (because I’m weird like that…really, I even texted people to ask their opinions!) I decided to go for the jam drizzle.
I think it was successful. What do you think? Did it look better white and dreamy or pink and festive?