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Strawberry Cake II
September 30, 2002

I didn't think I would be a fan of a fruit-flavored cake, but I was wrong! This cake is truly wonderful. I've made it twice now--once for an informal wedding shower and once for family, and everyone raved about it both times. Based on others suggestions, I modified the recipe. I pureed the package of strawberries, and for the cake I made for my family, I put the puree through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds for my picky husband. After tasting the cake with and without seeds, without is really better and worth the effort. I baked the cake in a 13x9 pan for 35 minutes and it came out perfect. I determined that due to the "runny" nature of the icing, a 3-layer cake might be tricky. The icing was a little sweet for my taste, so I put in 8oz. of cream cheese, and 1 tsp. mexican vanilla to tone down the sweet and enhance the flavor. However, to thicken it up a bit, I did end up adding another cup of powdered sugar. Also, I only used 1/3c. of the strawberry puree in the icing, and put the other 2/3c. in the cake batter. Because of the fruit, cream cheese, and butter in this cake, I store it in the refrigerator. It stays nice and moist for as many days as you can keep it around--which isn't long at my house. This recipe is a keeper!

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