HSM Strawberry Cream Cake

Here's our latest installment of
Birthday Cakes for Foster Kids
Contact your local agency if you'd like to get involved. We've been working with Olive Crest, they are throughout the Western US and Pacific Northwest.

General Mills also just sent us 10 Betty Crocker Cake Mix and 10 Betty Crocker Icing coupons to support our family project. Thank you so much!

So, what do you put on a Strawberry Cream Birthday Cake for a sweet and sassy 15-year old foster girl?.....
Edible Pearls...


Gold Sprinkles...
Hmmm...not enough....How about her two favorite Hollywood Hunks fighting over her on the red carpet? Perfect!
I actually printed the image on paper, laminated it, and put it on top. I would have done an edible image but I thought she might like to keep it. I'd want proof that Zac Efron and Corbin Bleu were fighting over me!;)
Now, Miss C is not a chocolate fan so I was a little out of my element. UNTIL, I came across this great recipe on AllRecipes. I tried it out and the taste was fabulous! I wish I could cut into the cake to show you a slice, but you'll just have to trust me. :) I changed up the icing to make it thick enough to pipe out, but this one is good as well.

Strawberry Dream Cake from Allrecipes
1 (18.25 ounce) package Betty Crocker White cake mix
1 1/2 cups frozen sweetened strawberries, pureed
12 ounces cream cheese
8 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 pint sliced fresh strawberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9 inch round cake pans.
Make cake per directions except substitute the 1 1/2 cups of strawberries for the water and add 1 extra egg, (if cake mix calls for 2 eggs add 3), and 8 ounces of the cream cheese at room temperature. Beat well and pour into the prepared pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the center will not come out clean when this cake is done since it is so moist. Let cake cool fully before frosting.
To Make Frosting: Heat the heavy cream until just beginning to boil. Pour it over the white chocolate (chopped) and the remaining 4 ounces cream cheese. Mix well and let cool. Once cool fold into the whipped topping. Use to frost cooled cake and garnish with sliced fresh strawberries.
I printed a black damask on edible paper, but had a hard time with it puckering a little bit...that was my only disappointment. I have some ideas to get it better next time!

Great Job, Gourmet Girls!