I’ve got the flavor for summer and I’m sharing it with my cohorts. The celebration of May Day is a jubilant event amongst my very southern, yet cultured, family. Bonfires, heavenly picnics and planting flowers are some of the more prominent ways to revel in this day. However, the optimum way to ensure you get the most out of May Day? Bake your happy little flower power pants off!
Lemonade, strawberries and whipped cream are just a few things that bring a summer smile to my heart. So I did what any proper southern lady would do and I made a Strawberry Lemonade Cake. Don’t let the photo below fool you, while the cake looks a little rough around the edges… it was anything BUT! Hey, my mom always said that a messy cook is a good cook. 🙂
3 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter
2 cups minus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
6 oz concentrate Lemonade
Fresh strawberries, sliced, diced, whatever you prefer
Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla. Beat well until blended. With the mixer on the lowest speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk. Once the batter is blended together, increase the speed until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Divide the batter among two cake pans and bake for 20 minutes or until done.
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
Whip the cream until peaks form, add the confectioners sugar and vanilla. Beat until well blended and you’re happy with the consistency.
Once cakes have cooled, place one cake face down on a cake plate. Spread half of the cool whip on top of the cake, layering with strawberries. Top that with second cake (face down), spread the remaining cool whip on the top layer and decorate with strawberries. Refrigerate.
Jacqueline Leigh is a children's author based in Georgia. She spent many years working alongside advertising executives, producing inspirational and ground break print, web and television ads. Jacqueline later put her focus on journalism, doing what she loves, writing stories for the general public.
She has been published in multiple print and digital publications. She’s interviewed big-name bands and small-town businesses, both contributing to her understanding and joy of writing. Jacqueline has now taken her experiences and focused on becoming a children’s author, a lifetime dream.
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