Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mini Strawberry Lemon Cakes



Spring is finally  here and I am excited...excited for warmth, excited for sunshine and excited for the produce such as fresh strawberries!  I spent my first day of spring cleaning my and having a home spa day.  I thought, why not have a kitchen floor so clean you can eat off it, and have spices and ingredients organized in a more efficient way to celebrate the new season!  But I also took the time to pamper myself with a warm coconut oil hair treatment and a honey oatmeal mask...there are other good uses for baking ingredients afterall besides simply eating them! 


Some fun was needed as well however, so I had to bake something delicious in celebration of spring arriving!  Strawberries are the first fruit that came to mind, and so I created some little cakes featuring the fruit, along with some lemon to brighten them up! 

I am going to have to wait a while for fresh strawberries in Minnesota, since they won't be here until late May most likely, but I do have frozen on hand, which was perfect for this recipe!  I used pureed berries in the cake batter, as well as in a glaze when they finished baking to give them intense strawberry flavor.  They tasted like little strawberry shortcakes without the whipped cream, the essence of sweet strawberry goodness! 


They were little bites of happiness, and a brilliant pink color!  Perfect to celebrate spring, but not limited to spring, since I am going to be making them again when the Minnesota berries are available!  Here is the recipe if you would like to experience them for yourself!  Happy Spring!


Mini Strawberry Lemon Cakes
Makes 60 mini cakes

Cake:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup maple sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup pureed strawberries
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp lite coconut milk
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Glaze:
1 cup pureed strawberries, strained
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
about 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and position rack in center of oven. Spray the wells of the mini cake pans with spray, and dust with flour, shaking out excess. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl to blend well. Whisk strawberries, oil, vanilla extract, coconut milk, and lemon zest together in small bowl to blend well, then whisk into the flour mixture until well blended. Whisk in lemon juice and stir quickly (pale swirls will be in the batter, which is the baking soda reacting with the juice, which allows the cake to rise since there are no eggs). Transfer cake batter to prepared pan, dropping by 2 tsp fulls into each hole, and bake cakes until tester inserted into center of a cake comes out clean, and they are lightly brown, about 10-15 minutes. Cool cakes about 5 minutes, then invert onto a parchment lined rack and let cool completely on rack.  To make glaze, whisk together berries, lemon juice, and vanilla along with about 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and more if necessary to make a glaze consistency.  Dip cakes into the glaze and place on a wire rack to let the glaze drip off and harden. 

14 comments:

  1. Strawberries are the perfect way to usher in spring! These gems look moist and delicious!

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  2. I'm so glad spring is finally here too! These are so cute and look delicious!

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  3. Just luscious and so sweetly decadent with the coconut oil and milk. Strawberries in May? Hmmm, June ... or July(Glad I am not the only one who oils her hair! Must try the coconut oil - I use olive oil.)

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  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
    I love your recipe....looks so good:)

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  5. What a great combo! Looks delicious...

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  6. strawberries, lemon and everything nice! the cakes look divine and super moist- loved the recipe...

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  7. Thanks for your message - I followed you over from Foodbuzz

    I've got a lovely little mould almost identical to what your pan must be. I usually use it for chocolates - so will need to have a play with making some teeny cakes in it.

    Cute post !

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  8. That color is amazing! I have never seen such cakes before, they should taste really great

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  9. Love both the color and the shapes! Happy spring indeed!

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  10. Such cute cakes! I especially love the heart shape one. Strawberry is a great ingredient for spring dish. Happy spring! :)

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  11. The calendar says spring, but the weather out here is still as good as winter...blah!
    These yummy treats though could help me forget about the weather outside! :)

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  12. These look incredibly moist.

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