I my friend went to this year's strawberry picking and had totally 10 lbs of fresh strawberries...she asked me to bake a cake as her son too loves strawberries and cakes. Even Anush loves strawberries a lot, so thought of making the strawberry popsicle and strawberry cake. I baked two cakes, one for Anush and one for my friend's son. It was awesome and definitely better one than the store bought or made from the box mix or even the store bought strawberries. The freshly picked strawberries tasted much better, more juicy and had vibrant color. I always make cakes with no oil in it and use applesauce (unsweetened) instead. This time I was running out of applesauce at home....So who ever is conscious like me please use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil....just an healthy alternative!!
3 cups Self Raising flour
2 cups Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil / Unsweetened Apple sauce
1 1/2 cup pureed Strawberries
1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Orange/Orange Zest (I used Orange)
4 Eggs, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Spray with cooking oil/butter spray on cake pan/or any baking dish, and sprinkle flour all over and shake off the excess by tapping.
3. Meanwhile, beat the eggs with hand mixer/stand mixer until it's light and fluffy and the color of the eggs should have turned pale color. for about 4-5 mins. Now add the rest of the ingredients first the wet ingredients and then the flour combine again with a hand mixer/stand mixer until you get a smooth non-lumpy batter for about 3-4 mins.
4. Pour this batter into the baking pan and bake it for about 26 to 28 mins or until the top is slightly golden and if a toothpick or skewer inserted comes out clean.
5. Transfer the cake on a wire rack and let it cool.
Note: You can use Strawberry Cream Cheese as the icing. Very simple and easy.