Thursday, August 20, 2009

Buttermilk Cake with Fresh Strawberries

I have a confession to make, but promise to keep it a secret and I'll tell you what it is.


Okay then, I know I can trust you.

I'm addicted to magazines. There, I've said it. If I had all the money I've spent on magazine over the years, I could retire and live in the little beach cottage of my dreams.

The problem is I had a hard time getting rid of them. They piled up worse than the dust bunnies. I just never knew when I'd want to go back and find a particular recipe or make that needlepoint Christmas stocking I fell in love with, so I kept them all.

About twenty years ago or so, I knew I had to do something. They were taking over the house and it would have taken me months to find the one that I was looking for that had that cute applique wall hanging in it, so I went out and bought about twenty three-ring binders and about a gazillion sheet protectors and starting organizing what I wanted to keep for future reference. They were all neatly organized and categorized. I pulled out my very favorites and recycled what remained of the magazines.

Now I'm in the process of going through them and purging
things that I look at and ask myself why I ever kept that particular article for in the first place. My tastes and trends have changed and honestly, I don't think I'll ever get around to making that quilt with family photos that I've kept the directions to for at least ten years. There just isn't enough hours in the day.

Going through the recipes I have those that are my favorites, the ones I've made many times over. I'm in the process now of digitizing them and my children will be so glad not to have to deal with all these notebooks when I'm gone. I'm tossing the ones I never got around to trying, after all, if I feel a need to try something new, all I have to do is wander around all your blogs on Foodie Friday. Then again, I can just look in the Foodie Friday file on my computer of all those things you've shared that were just irresistible.

While I was perusing all these old notebooks I ran across one of those tried and true recipes that has become a favorite. I don't know what magazine this came out of, but it is dated May 1996. I scanned in the photo from the article, because it is what caught my eye in the first place. So, I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I have over the years.

Buttermilk Cake with Fresh Strawberries


Buttermilk Cake

2 tablespoons fine dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups unsifted cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Orange-mascarpone Filling
2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt, drained overnight
in a cheesecloth-lined sieve in the refrigerator
1/4 cup mascarpone (Italian cream cheese)
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Orange Syrup & Strawberry Layers
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 cup red currant jelly, melted

To make the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9-inch round cake pan or coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Add breadcrumbs, tilting the pan to evenly coat the inside. Tap out excess.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Cook, swirling the pan, until the butter turns a nutty brown, about 30 seconds. Pour the butter into a small bowl. Whisk in oil, then buttermilk; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a small bowl; set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture is thick and pale and falls in a ribbon when the beaters are lifted, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Sift half of the reserved dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in with a rubber spatula until blended. Fold in half of the reserved buttermilk mixture. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn out of the pan and place right-side up on the rack to cool completely.
To make filling and syrup and assemble cake:
  1. In a bowl, whisk drained yogurt, mascarpone, confectioners' sugar and orange zest until smooth.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup water. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in orange juice and liqueur.
  3. With a long serrated knife, cut the cake horizontally into 2 layers using a gentle sawing motion. With a pastry brush, brush all of the syrup on the cut sides of the cake. Place the bottom layer on a cake plate, cut-side up. Spread half of the orange-mascarpone filling over the bottom layer. Arrange about one-third of the sliced strawberries in an even layer on top. Spread with the remaining filling. Place the second cake layer on top, cut-side down.
  4. Brush the top of the cake lightly with about 2 tablespoons of the melted jelly. Arrange the remaining sliced strawberries in straight rows on top. Overlap the slices and reverse the direction of the slices in each row. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Just before serving, remelt the remaining currant jelly and brush it over the strawberries on top of the cake.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and if anyone wants any old magazines, you know who to call. Now get on over to Michaels at Designs By Gollum for some more fantastic Foodie Friday links.

27 Thoughtful Comments:

Haden News said...

I have the same addition!!:) Your cake looks sooo good!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Honey, you're not alone. My daughter teases me because I have magazines all over the place. Every now and then I'll find a really old one that still has the plastic mail wrapper on it. We need a support group!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Yummy cake! I think all I'm addicted to is my computer..., or maybe I just really love my virtual life.

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

This cake looks sooo yummy. I am always looking for light, non-chocolatey desserts as my husband is not a fan of heavy rich desserts.

I too love magazines, and used to have tons. I did the same thing you did, with binders, but in order to have some control, I limited myself to one binder for recipes, and one for projects and decorating ideas. Maybe a self imposed limit will help you continue to cull everything?

Tammy518 said...

This sounds divine! And I also have a magazine addiction. Have a great weekend!

Queen B. said...

loooks fabulous !
I love magazines too !

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This cake look fabulous!

I love magazines and have quite a collection.

Drawn to The Sea said...

You had me at "mascarpone" ;-) Thanks for sharing, this one's a keeper!

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

That cake looks fabulous. If it has fresh sliced strawberries, I'm so there.

Julie said...

Hey Thanks so much for stopping over at my place.... I have eaten that chicken on salad many times, and it will slap you silly it's so good that way...I have never eaten it with the mandarin oranges. Oh, and I love fruit on my salad so I will be trying it that way soon.Please do come back for a visit soon... I joined your blog today. Have a great day. julie

Shirley said...

I know what you mean about magazines. I subscribe to way too many.

Your cake is awesome! I can't wait to try it.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a gorgeous cake. The flavors of the mascarpone with orange and strawberry are enough to drive me crazy (I'm dieting). I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Lori E said...

I have to make a cake for tomorrow. I wish I had seen this one sooner but I have no time to go back to the store. Next time.

Maria Berg said...

This is the typ of cake a had have for my birthday all my childhood! MB

Unknown said...

This cake looks fabulous and I totally *get* the magazine thing, lol.

Jane F from Atticmag said...

That's a cake I will definitely eclip. We've had some most delicious organic strawberries this year and that cake would make them even more perfect.

Another magazine person here - I have decor clips (not to mention shoes) from the 70s. Also clearing out a lot these days.

The Desperate Cook said...

I also like magazines...not as much as you Mine are not piled as high, but I too have a hard time getting rid of them.

Your cake is beautiful, looks so yummy.

Anonymous said...

If you could see the stack of magazines beside my bed right now, we would just nod our heads in agreement. Well, there is a gluten free Cheetos bag there too, but that is a whole other issue. I clipped this recipe to my computer scrapbook. I am going to make it on Sunday for guests. Thanks Rhonda, now I don't have to rummage through those magazines for a recipe!


SmilingSally said...

I think every woman who cooks saves recipes with the good intentions of trying them out "some day." LOL I've almost decided that ship has sailed!

I recently moved into the Tampa area after living in South Florida for over 45 years, so everything is new to me. It seems that we have a bunch of bloggers around here.

honeysuckle said...

I have to tell you when I moved 2 years ago I spent a good 6 months beforehand going through at least 10 year's worth of magazines. It was amazing how few pages I tore out to save. You are right, we keep them with good intentions but not having all the space taken up with them is so refreshing. Now, I am very particular which ones I subscribe to. I am able to toss them after I have looked at them too. I still love magazines but with caution. Thanks for your kind comments about our service group. I hope you start one where you are. If you need any inspiration I'd be happy to help. Your strawberry cake sounds wonderful and refreshing! I love homemade cake instead of the packaged shortcakes you buy. Have a great day.

Lillian Robinson said...

I do that with my horsey magazines. They're all in the bookcase in the basement. I know I should get rid of some.

As far as recipes or craft ideas I get in other magazines... I scan them in and toss the paper. I can be so much more organized on my laptop. As a matter of fact, I'm going to save this yummy recipe in my OneNote cookbook. I talked about the One Note program in a recent post on my author blog. It is a great time saver!

xinex said...

The cake looks scrumptious! Glad you found the recipe....Christine

Elaine said...

Love my magazines too, though I do admit I have cut down the last few years since there's so much to access on the internet. And yes, I have some articles and recipes that go way back from my own collection, and even earlier ones because at one point my mother-in-law gave me boxes full of mags from the 50's, 60's and
70's (because I needed them so much lol). I don't keep the whole magazine (except for a few exceptions) but I do have so many clippings! I've been scanning a lot of them, but it's a long process! Sounds as if you are somewhat of an information junkie like I am...which in my case clashes often with the "neat freak" in me! So I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to "organize" my information.
Thanks for stopping by my the way I love your blog...
Drop by anytime.
Elaine :)

The Fajdich Times said...

I have the same problem! Just can't seem to part with some of my magazines. But look what find a great recipe and yours looks great:)

Unknown said...

I have the same addiction + cookbooks! We need a therapy group:) Hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesday this week.

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Save- Save- Save - never know - never know- never know - A Sure Mantra for Mountains of Magazines... been there, done that... not quite kicked the habit in totality. Can't find reason to give up "National Geographic," years now, some issues soon to be named 'a collector's item' for sure.

Admire your organizing mission. At least you are being "orderly" with your "habit." BRAVO!

Photo looks good enough to eat
I granted myself a virtual treat
Until such time that I do bake
Delight in this post I shall take.

In savory splendor,
Rose Marie

Sierra said...

That cake looks beyond yummy, great thing to find and save! Gosh, and I thought I had a mag addiction. Just kidding, it is hard for me to get rid of my mags too, they are always packed full of inspiration!

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