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Return to Menu Planning (Recipe: Strawberry Cake)

I have one small goal this week, aside from getting my writing deadlines done by the 30th, and that is to get back into Menu Planning. Now that my husband is not traveling again until sometime after the baby is born, I feel like it is important to get back into the routine of having my menu mapped out for the week. We have been eating out waaaaay too much lately and that is simply because of my lack of planning and preparation for our meals at night. It is just too easy to say “Let’s just eat out since I have nothing planned.” When I have a plan, I find that I stick with it and our evenings are so much easier.

If the baby happens to hold off another week, which I think she will, I will at least have one full week of limited eating out under our belt, which does seem to add up in the wallet.

To make it easy on myself, I have decided to plan my menu this week around things off of my “I Will Make This Someday” post. These are recipes that I have found in magazines. I needed a place to bookmark them because I wanted to get rid of the magazine, but give the recipe a try sometime in the future.

Without further ado, here is the Dine & Dish household menu for the week (after the jump):

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Now, for the recipe. This Strawberry Layer Cake was in the May 2009 issue of Cooking Light magazine. It is supposed to be a Strawberry Layer Cake, but one of my layers got stuck in the pan and came out in chunks. That part went to my family to eat. The other half I served to my MOMS group. I am glad I did not look at the reviews the recipe has received on Cooking Light’s website or I probably would not have made it. This is a very dense and moist cake and I thought it had a great flavor! I did add an extra Tbs of Grand Mariner to the frosting, so maybe that helped? I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Strawberry Layer Cake from May 2009 Cooking Light

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/4  cups  sliced strawberries
  • 10  ounce  all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 2 1/4  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/2  cups  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 2  large eggs
  • 2  large egg whites
  • 1  cup  low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4  teaspoon  red food coloring
  • Cooking sprayFrosting:
  • 1/3  cup  (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3  cup  butter, softened
  • 2  tablespoons  Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 12  whole strawberries (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare cake, place sliced strawberries in a food processor; process until smooth.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in egg whites. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add pureed strawberries and food coloring; beat just until blended.

4. Divide batter between 2 (8-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

5. To prepare frosting, place cream cheese, 1/3 cup butter, and liqueur in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat just until blended.

6. Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Cut 1 whole strawberry into thin slices, cutting to, but not through, the stem end. Fan strawberry on top of cake just before serving, if desired. Cut remaining 11 strawberries in half. Garnish cake with strawberry halves, if desired.

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  1. Terri Hendricks says:

    I’ve started menu planning again for the same reasons. Doing OK so far!

  2. Your meal plan looks great. I’m terrible at it. Your cake looks fabulous too. I can never make my baked goods look as beautiful.

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  3. Your menu sounds really good! I think it is a fun idea to have an entire week of all new recipes, I might need to try that. Your strawberry cake looks delish!

    Karas last blog post..Weekly Menu and No Bake Cookies

  4. I saw this cake and hoped someone would make it for me, haha! Glad you’re back to meal planning; I fell off the bandwagon but am trying again!

    sharons last blog post..Good Ol’ Tuna Noodle Casserole

  5. Mmmmmmm! That cake looks awesome.

    I am an on and off meal planner. I definitely see the benefits of it, but I am not always so organized at doing it.

    Sarah Carons last blog post..Fabulous Asiago Pepper Steak Fries

  6. Strawberries are popping up all over! This looks so good… my post tonight will be about the weeks failures though, of which Strawberries were involved, lol.

    Janets last blog post..Lemon Souffle

  7. I am a newbie to this meal planning, but I hope it sticks! I need to eat out less.

    That cake looks fantastic!

    Alisa – Frugal Foodies last blog post..Sinful Cinnamon-Apple Sauté (Breakfast or Dessert?)

  8. sounds like a great plan for the week!

  9. Impressive and delicious list of recipes to make this week, but I love the fact that you started with dessert! My kind of girl! And funny thing, I was staring at a strawberry and cream tart at the pastry shop yesterday thinking “I should really make one of these”, but I like the Cooking Light attitude of yours. And it is beautiful.

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  10. i find myself eating out too much altely too….. gotta start cooking more :)

    and it wouldn’t be hard to stay home to eat if i knew i could have that cake afterwards :)

  11. That cake recipe has me drooling! Glad to see you back :)


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  12. I was checking out that cake in CL and thinking it would be amazing! Yours turned out so pretty!

    patsyks last blog post..Smoking Chicken

  13. Love your meal plan… I am almost tempted to follow it to the letter, but that is almost like cheating..:) I do like to plan my meals for the week as well, which makes grocery shopping as well as daily life so much easier!

    Simone (junglefrog)s last blog post..Daring bakers challenge april 2009!! Cheesecake!

  14. Love your cake! Strawberries are so juicy and tasty right now. I can’t get enough of them!

    Marias last blog post..Artisan Bread in Five Pizza Party!

  15. Yay! It’s strawberry cake season. That’s cause for celebration!

    Susan from Food Bloggas last blog post..A Tootsie Roll Fudge Recipe and a Give-Away

  16. nummy! looks amazing! :)

    Jos last blog post..No Food 4 You

  17. I read that as “cheesecake sliders” and I was thinking “Exactly what I would have wanted to eat when pregnant.”

    Kates last blog post..Tea and Cookies — Earl Grey Cheesecake

  18. We have been having the same problem with eating out too much due to a lack of planning recently. Your weekly menu looks yummy, and I hope you’ll let us know what you think of some of those recipes after you’ve tried them.

    Lizs last blog post..Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach and Orzo

  19. I see so many people making menu plans. I just don’t think I could do it. I have enough trouble getting the meat out of the freezer in time to thaw for dinner! LOL I’m definitely a spur-of-the-moment cook! OMG I looked at your “to do” list… it’s humongous! Great way to have them all in one place though… easy to look up.

    Karens last blog post..Arroz con Pollo aka Chicken with Rice EXACTLY like Stacey’s

  20. I wish I could eat this but my doctor said to stay away from sweets.

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