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Baker’s Corner

June 5, 2020

Last weekend, I took a trip to Louisiana to see family. It’s been a while, because we’ve all been in quarantine, and Mom’s birthday celebration was delayed in April until we could get together. I made the cake layers at home, doused them with simple syrup and froze them for 48 hours before the nine hour drive. Both the syrup and cake layers traveled with frozen packs in an Igloo.

I always recommend using simple syrup on cakes. It keeps them so moist!

To make Strawberry Simple Syrup, use my recipe and replace the raspberries with 8 ounces of chopped strawberries.

Intuitively, I felt I should take my own hand mixer but I knew Mom had one…from the 70s. I remember using it as a kid. It’s a Hamilton Beach work horse almost 50 years old. Well, about half way through creaming the butter for the buttercream, it completely fell apart in my hand. Mom and I had a good laugh. Being that many stores have not yet reopened, we borrowed one from her neighbor. ALSO, a 70s Hamilton Beach mixer!

I was feeling nostalgic after saying goodbye to this guy.

They don’t make mixers like this anymore. Thanks to our neighbor for saving us with this one!

I added about 4 tablespoons of Strawberry Simple Syrup to the buttercream. You will need to add more powdered sugar but be careful not to add so much that the balance of sweetness is off. I add 1/8 teaspoon of salt to my buttercream to keep the sweetness in check. The color will be a very pale pink, not noticeable. Add one drop of red food coloring for a darker pink.

After putting buttercream on the first cake layer, I added fresh strawberries!

Mom picked out the colors for the flowers. It was fun to be back in the kitchen together!

It was so moist and definitely one of the most flavorful cakes I’ve ever made.

Favorite Finds:

If you love marshmallow fluff as much as I do, try these Hi-Hat Cupcakes!

I’ll be trying this Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Pesto recipe with the pile of potatoes on my counter.

This fresh Caprese Sandwich can be enjoyed cold or hot.

Who’s up for a tea party with these Garden Party Pound Cakes?

Can’t find Self-Rising Flour, it’s easy to make!

I’m drooling over this Lemon Sugar Coconut Cream Pie.

I’ve been hungry for something sweet and salty and I think this Sticky Apricot Chicken with Roasted Broccoli with do the trick.

Is it Fall yet? Oh well, I’m still going to make these Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting.

You can make this Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken in an oven or air fryer.

These Blueberry Muffins look rugged and full of flavor. I must try them!


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  • Reply
    June 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    I had a piece of that chocolate strawberry cake. It was the best cake I have ever tasted..and so moist!Morgan, you are the BEST!!

    • Reply
      June 5, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Johnnie!

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