Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Another month has gone by | Eggless Vanilla sponge Cake with Strawberry Buttercream frosting

I love strawberries. These tart, plump beauties are in season and I am left with no other option but to get boxes of them. As of now its smoothies and lassis and having had enough of them (as of now) I have started trying them in desserts. And when it was time to bake a cake for baby 'A', it had to be something strawberry. I had bookmarked this eggless vanilla sponge cake from Sharmis passions long time back and thought of giving it a shot, folding some chopped strawberries into the batter to make my strawberry sponge. But then it is only me who loves strawberries in the house and I was not sure if the cake would be welcomed by others. Also I didn't want to experiment as I was not in the mood to bake a second cake.

However it be, I wanted to pair strawberry with the cake and so I settled for this simple strawberry buttercream. The berries gave a subtle pink color to the frosting and it was a beauty to look at. The sweetness of the sponge and buttercream was cut by the tartness of the strawberries which made wonders to the palate. On the whole, a perfect music of flavors.
P.S. Everyone loved the cake and it was gone in no time... :)

Lately, I have been baking a lot. And we have been packing a lot of calories into our system. The initial plan was to make a two layer cake but then taking into account the sugar, calories and butter, I restricted it to a simple single layer cake with a few scoops of buttercream topped over it.

Recipe adapted from Sharmis Passions
~*What U Need*~
For the One Bowl Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake
All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Thick Yogurt - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 1/4 tsp
Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

For the strawberry buttercream frosting:
Butter - 1/3 cup
Chopped strawberries - 1/3 cup
Icing sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla extract - 1/4 tsp

For decoration
Few thinly sliced strawberries
Chocolate vermicelli

How I Made It:
One Bowl Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a cake pan with some butter or oil and dust with flour. Set aside. Beat the yogurt to remove lumps, add sugar and combine well. Add the baking powder and baking soda to it, beat again and set aside for 5 mins. You will see small bubbles on the surface of the mixture.

Add vanilla extract and oil. Mix well until the ingredients are combined. Add the flour and gently fold the mixture using whisk.

Pour into the pan and tap a few time to get rid of the air bubbles. Bake for 30 mins till the top turns golden brown. Check for doneness and cool completely.

Strawberry Buttercream frosting
Bring butter to room temperature. Beat the butter at a slow speed. Add the vanilla and chopped strawberry and beat together. Add the sugar and beat at low speed till fully combined.

Slice the cake into two. Spread the frosting on one half top with the other half and frost as desired. Decorate with sliced strawberries and chocolate sprinkles.

Slice and serve!!!

** My Notes:
** We have been having a lot of cakes lately and hence I halved the recipe and made to with a single layer cake.
** You could use the whole recipe, bake two cakes and frost as desired.
** Use 1 cup sugar if you want the cake to be too sweet.
** If you want a brighter pink, add a drop of food coloring.
** I prepared the frosting, dumped it in the fridge and then baked the cake. By the time, I took out the frosting, the berries had shed water and the frosting had become runny. So prepare the frosting fresh... and to me, Lesson Learnt!!!

So thats it Folks...
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52 comments:

  1. I am truly longing for a slice from this.. Worth it Vimitha...Your cake looks gorgeous !

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  2. now this is something i can have
    i know i got strawberries nice pink and not that khatta either
    so been thinking where shud i use them
    butter cream i did try with my sponge cake but they looked like snow has come on mountains

    urs look creamy and yummy.. ok let mesee what i do with strawberries i have hehe

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  3. Beautiful cake,love the 3rd click!!

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  4. so tempting..beautifully made cake

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  5. Lovely. So soft and spongy cake. Can i have one bite please!

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  6. Delicious and beautifully decorated..

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  7. Yummy and Spongy cake... Looks just mind blowing... Lovely Vimitha.

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  8. Hi Vimitha, your cake look so cute and pretty. I love the frosting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  9. Vimitha, the cake looks so moist! lovely

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  10. Delicious looks very inviting.. And awesome pics..

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  11. Spongy and delicious cake, well decorated!!

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  12. Beautiful and spongy cake. Neat presentation.

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  13. This is amazing! Your cake looks so spongy even without eggs... Yum!

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  14. Beautiful cake recipe Vimitha :) Birthday wishes to the little one, i love the idea of strawberry butter cream, must have been a relish

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  15. wonderful cake..i like the way you garnished it...

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  16. Can I have a slice?looks so spongy and tempting..

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  17. Nice combo of vanilla and strawberry flavours. Looks soft.

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  18. Beautiful cake! Looks very delicious and yummy!

    Spill the Spices

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  19. super perfect simple one...
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  20. Yummy and fabulous icing part. Wonderfully made cake.

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  21. Beautifully baked cake and the strawberry frosting has come out well

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  22. Looks tempting ....Love the colour of the icing !!
    ShrutiRasoi
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    Vada Curry SNC Challenge 4

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  23. What a lovely cake! It is so pretty and I can easily eat 2 slices :)

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  24. Lovely cake with yummy frosting dear....

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  25. looks so yummy Can I have slice
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  26. Delicious cheesecake! The frosting looks lovely!

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  27. Love color of frosting...cake looks very moist and spongy..yumm

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  28. Yummy frosting and cake luks perfect...delicious recipe.

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  29. Looks beautiful.. I love strawberries on cakes too!

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  30. tempting and super inviting .. .

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    in my blog.

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  31. Wow cake looks super tasty. Can't wait to try this soon.

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  32. Super spongy and moist cake, love that strawberry buttercream.

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  33. Oh it's a beautiful cake - love that you used the strawberries!
    Mary x

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  34. Very healthy ake with strawberries.love it.

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  35. Tempting cake...Can i have a slice...

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  36. This looks so tempting and so pretty Vimitha.. great job

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  37. cake looks beautiful Vimitha,nice decoration and looks perfectly done.

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  38. beautiful cake, vimitha... the color of the buttercream looks lovely...

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  39. Cake looks delicious with rich look and glazy layer on the top.

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  40. wow, very delicious looking cake and beautifully decorated. I want a slice so badly ;)

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  41. cake looks so spongy...nicely decorated

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  42. How did i miss this post.. omg slurrppp am completely drooling..

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