This week I had the opportunity to guest blog for Lil Luna. This is a great craft and recipe blog with lots of DIY projects and free printables. I decided for my guest post I would create an amazing cake. After all it is an amazing blog and what I contributed had to be nothing less than amazing too. I had my mind set on recreating the champagne cake I made for New Year’s Eve from my previous blog post . It was moist, yummy and made from scratch. I was in heaven and knew this recipe was a keeper. But with Valentines Day right around the corner, I wanted to give this post a romantic flare. I didn’t want to add fondant hearts and red food coloring to just any cake and call it romantic. I wanted something elegant, grown up and indulging. I was onto something here but couldn’t quite decide on just the right recipe. Then a few days before my post was due, my wonderful neighbor came over with a belated Christmas gift. A glorious bottle of my favorite bubbly, Moscato. The best stuff on the planet. But this was not just any Moscato. It was even better (if that’s possible). It was Pink Moscato. The perfect romantic drink. I never knew it existed but I was intrigued and just like any baker I immediately thought of what it would taste like in dessert form. Cake specifically. The Champagne cake was to die for, so I thought adding the Pink Moscato in place of the Champagne would create a masterpiece. Boy was I right! The cake turned out moist with hint of Moscato and it wasn’t overly sweet. It was perfect. I was ready to dig in but first I needed to top it with something spectacular. My favorite way to drink any Moscato is to plop a big, juicy Strawberry at the bottom of my glass, then pour the bubbly right over it. So, I knew pairing this cake with fresh Strawberry frosting was the perfect marriage. To make this cake extra romantic, I decorated it with large rosettes. The perfect dessert for Valentines Day and the perfect fit for Lil Luna too. Sweet, to die for and a keeper, just like the blog. Pop on over and take a peak at Lil Luna. But don’t forget to try this recipe first. It’s that GOOD!!!
Before you begin, wash and dry about a cup and a half of strawberries. If you can’t find them in season in your area, you can use frozen strawberries. Just bring them to room temp ( nuke them in the microwave for faster results, just make sure they are cooled before adding to frosting) and puree them into a smooth sauce using a food processor or blender. This will go into your frosting that you will prepare while your cake is baking. This is what turns it a pretty pink. No yucky artificial dyes here…just pure indulgence.
- Test if your cake is fully baked by placing a toothpick in the center and pulling it out. If it comes out clean, your cake is done.
- If the sides have already pulled away from the pan, your cake is over-baked.
- Keep an eye on it the last few minutes of baking to test it.
- You may have to rotate your pans midway through baking if your oven heats unevenly.