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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. This looks fabulous! what a great way to use some strawberries.

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  2. Yum…this looks wonderful! I hope that your plan works and that baby comes easily and quickly!

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  3. Your cake looks great and everything on this weeks menu sounds terrific!

    I try to plan my meals and desserts for the week. I stick to it sorta. :(

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  4. Cake looks delicious! Anything with strawberry sounds good to me.

    I could only hope to have as much energy to do meal planning in my 9th months of pregnancy as you do.

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  5. You certainly turned what could have been a kitchen disaster into 2 delicious cakes…I probably would have gotten frustrated and tossed the whole thing :)

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  6. I love the strawberry cake!! I have to meal plan because we go for groceries every 2 weeks. We’ve found that we spend less money that way!

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  7. Your menu plan sounds delicious. I love kicking it off with the strawberry cake. Hope all goes smoothly for you and your new little girl!

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  8. You are right about the whole menu thing- much less eating out. I planned my menu for the year once- best year of my life! I need to get back into it too. We eat better, healthier, leftovers are used up, and we save money. So what is my problem?!

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  9. Dude Kristen. I would be MORE than happy to drop off a dish for you after you have the baby! Please, please… I drive into KC all the time (like at least every weekend). You’re awfully hard on yourself. Aren’t you like 12 months pregnant or something? You might be eating out because you’re expecting an impending new addition.
    Anywho, consider the offer- I’d be more than happy to help out!


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  10. “Like, like… like”? What am I? 14? Sorry.

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  11. I like that you’re asking the baby to hold off for another week :)

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  12. Love the strawberry cake, so beautiful!
    I wish I could get my act together and do weekly meal planning.

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  13. Perfect way to use up the berries in my fridge–and yes please to the Grand Marnier!
    Menu planning saves the day around here. I like to be organized.

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  14. Great meal plan!!

    Is it too late to be included in the Adopt A Blogger program?? I was shut-out last time, haha ;-)

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  15. Oh man do those Cheesesteak Sliders look and sound delish!

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  16. I’m all about the menu planning! If I don’t, I end up eating what I shouldn’t and spending way too much money on food! I’d like it if my menu were your menu… looks like some good eats this week at your place!

  17. We’ve been eating out a lot lately too, and I’m not pregnant—just incredibly busy! :)

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  18. I hope that someone will be planning menus and cooking for you once you have the new baby. You do too much! : )

  19. Menu planning definitely saves me. Your menu sounds delicious. And that cake looks awesome.

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  20. I love your menu. I should go back to menu planning.

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