I love winters. My most favorite season. I love December. My most favorite month.
And a wintery december brings with it a host of festivities. Tis the season of weddings(in India). Tis the time to shop till you drop. Tis the month of Christmas. Tis the month of Santa!
From the time I have been told about good old Santa Claus, I have believed in him. I still do. I believe in this incredible concept of hope and joy.
Children hope that Santa would true their innermost desires. We also do something similar, albeit a tad differently. We hope for some surreal magic in our daily lives that would elevate and give wings to our wants.
It is this exact faith that makes a child dream and aspire. He dreams, hence he achieves. So in effect am I saying Santa has a huge role in shaping your child’s future? Er… Not exactly..but what I am trying to say is – Santa is important. It is more important to believe in him than discuss the validity of his existence.
So go ahead tell your child about good old Santa Claus. Tell them about his gift decisive lists, the elves, the North Pole, his sleigh, about Rudolph.. let those little eyes fill with wonder, those spirits soar, let those hearts fill with hope and everlasting joy. Let.
This post is dedicated to Santa Claus.
The quintessential red and white needs to be emulated. So what better than strawberries and cream. Oh! such a classic combination. And its Christmas! So cake has to be there too. So what do you get when you throw in cake, strawberries and cream – ah, no rocket science this. Strawberry Cake you fellas! 🙂
As I sieved, added and mixed, the incessant chatter of my 6 year old was on. Her innumerable queries on anything remotely to Santa, Christmas, trees and gifts was already putting me in a tizzy. So, to rest the chatterbox a while, I invented a story. This spur-of-the-moment-thought-of story which had Santa as a super hero had my little girl transfixed, her imagination on fire and the tongue firmly in place. 🙂
- 1 cup all purpose flour/maida
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup butter or oil
- 1/2 cup sugar (use a little bit less than 1/2 a cup)
- 1/2 cup curds
- 1/4 tsp strawberry essence
- 2 drops vanilla essence
- milk, as required
For the icing:
- 2 cups of sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup of sugar water – mix 1 tablespoon of sugar in 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup of whipping or any heavy cream – sweetened.
Preheat the oven at 200C for 8-10 minutes. Till then, sieve the flour, baking powder and soda. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar till smooth. I usually add little by little to ensure a smooth uniform paste. Then using a tablespoon, alternate between curds and flour, that is, pour curds, mix. Then flour. Mix. Do till you finish the given quantities of curds and flour. If the batter is too thick, then add a few tablespoons of milk and mix to make a smooth batter. Add both the essences. Give it a final whirl. Pour the batter in a greased tin. Bake at 170C for at least 25 minutes. Check by inserting a toothpick at the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, then the cake is done. If not, then bake for a couple of more minutes till the cake is uniformly baked.
Remove the tin, cool.
Whip the cream till you get soft peaks. Slice the cake horizontally using a sharp long blade knife. On the bottom portion, sprinkle some sugar water. Place a semi thick layer of cream on the base. Top with sliced strawberries. Now keep the sliced portion on the creamed strawberry topped base. Repeat the process. If desired you could apply cream on the sides too. Chill for atleast 30 minutes before serving it.
Serving Suggestion: Serve every slice with more cream and strawberries!
Note: The intermittent additions of the ingredients combined with the mixing of the batter, ensures it a smooth, knot free batter. I have found this to be a never-fail technique when baking eggless. It makes the cake lighter and airier.
Note: If you do not have heavy cream or whipped cream, use a toned lighter cream(like Amul in India), whip the lighter cream in a bowl placed on a bed of ice of another bowl. This helps the light cream to gain some volume and body.
Note: Top with as much strawberries as you can. It is never too much. The sweet and the tart and the cream … ooh! so delicious!
That night she wanted to leave a slice by the tree. I let her.
But then, when she was fast asleep, dreaming and living her fancies, is when I tiptoed to the little tree, relished half the slice, refrigerated the rest. There! done. I just had to be up before her and place the half eaten slice back near the tree. 🙂
Everyone needs a Santa in their life. I’m hers.
Merry Christmas my lovely readers! Merry Christmas.
Beautiful pictures Nams. I am seriously drooling over the shots. Your write ups are very endearing. By the way, I love winters and Santa too 🙂
🙂 Happy Holidays Charu.
Lovely lovely lovely Namrata, cake looks delicious and yes strawberries and cream always a winner x
Chintal, I still need to learn a lot more about baking. Yes, strawberries and cream can save any day. Such a mouthful.
Lovely Namrata! Love your stories. And the cake looks divine.
Have a Merry Christmas. Special wishes to the lil one. Hope all her dreams come true 😉
🙂 Thank you Anjana. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too!
What a beauty on cake stand!!! I simply love this strawberry flavor for cake.. In fact, was to bake one next week 🙂 Happy holidays sweetie…
Thank you Shruti. Happy hols to you too.
Hey namrata…thanks so much for putting this up! will be making one now…could you plz let me know this cake recipe with egg too?
Sure Anu. What I have done here is baked a plain eggless vanilla sponge along with strawberry essence, then frosted it with fresh fruit and cream.
Since you are fine with a recipe that has egg in it, then maybe this could help: http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/simple-vanilla-cake/, just add 1/4 tsp of strawberry essence to the batter. Frost as per your wishes. Hope this helps.
Beautifully said, Namrata. This is a season for children and for the child in us all.
Your strawberry cake is a decadent beauty, just right for this season celebrations.
I hope your holidays are filled with wonderment and love.
Thank you. Such kind words 🙂 Happy Holidays to you too.
Lovely photographs! The cake looks very moist and crumbly. N i must say u write so well. That is the most difficult part for me. 🙂
Thanks Sadia. My pictures pale in front of yours, but still I’m trying 🙂
Nooo! Your pictures are really good. Im sure that yours will get much much better than mine very soon. You really have the talent. 🙂
I am loving this cake and you beautiful photos! Here is to the wonders of the season – Merry Christmas!
Thank you Sheila. Happy Hols to you too!
Gorgeous cake, Namrata! Happy ho, ho, ho…to you and your little one! XOXO, Angie.
Thank you Angie.
Firstly, here’s wishing you warmest season’s greetings 🙂
The post was heart warming. I read it over and over and over again. Every thought, every word hits the right spots. What a wonderful thought, to think of good ole Santa, who thinks of all of us so selflessly.
All of the readers have mentioned that the cake is yummy, I too agree whole heartedly 🙂
Thank you Elson. 🙂 Hope you had a great Christmas. Here’s wishing you a beautiful New years too!
OMG OMG OMG! I wish I knew then I would have come to eat the cake. Love it Namrata. Plan to copy you soon. 😀 Happy Holidays.
🙂 Happy Hols to you too!
Hi Namrata…I have nominated you for two awards; The Blog of the Year 2013 Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Pick them up here:
Have a lovely day!
Thank you Sheila. Happy hols to you.
That Santa decoration is so cute Namrata! Love everything about this cake.. the styling, the gorgeous Christmasy colours, the fresh strawberries. Divine! Love the fact that you stood in as ‘Santa’ and ate half the slice by the tree too, haha! Awesome. A much yummier treat than cookies and carrots! Have a wonderful new year Namrata, hugs! xx
ha! if weight wasn’t an issue, I could play Santa all year long 🙂 But sadly, all the treats end with the festivities too. Happy New year to you too Laura.
Namrata your cake looks do light and fresh, I could eat the whole lot 😉 x
Thank you Deena, I could too, but lets have some heart for our heart 😉
It looks really beautiful! In Finland Strawberry Cake is really popular, but one thing I find very odd is that they like to pour juice over the baked sponge cake and make it really, really moist. They would complaint that the cake is too dry, if there is no juice inside. 😀 But I personally like the ‘normal’ way, dry one. 😉 Must try this when I’m free. BTW Happy New Year!
Hey Eva. Happy New Year to you too!
Juice over sponge??…. yeah sure does sound odd. Although I have never tasted a juicy cake, I think I would like a normal one too 🙂 Do let me know when you try this.
I can eat the whole cake in no time Namrata! It looks so light and fresh topped with so many jewels of strawberries! Love love love it! Gorgeous pics too
Hope you had magical holidays and wishing you the most delicious 2014! 🙂
Happy New Year to you too Riddhi. You’re the unofficial dessert queen. I just try my hand sometime, :). But thank you for your wonderful words. Happy 2014 to you too!
🙂 You’re way too kind Namrata! xoxo
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