Things I learned in my first year of marriage:
As of March 31st, Ben and I have been married a year. It’s hard to believe this crafty photo was snapped 12 months ago. Thank you, Pinterest.
This next, peaceful picture epitomizes the start of our marriage. Aren’t we just a dream of newlywed bliss? I’m pretty sure that’s a beam of light coming from my face. Bridal glow!
Twelve-months later, this picture more accurately captures our state of co-being. Ben actually made this exact face this morning when he saw my hair.
But seriously. It’s OK if you don’t save the top tier of your wedding cake. This I know for certain.
Our cake tasted phenomenal the night of wedding. So phenomenal, in fact, that I saw no reason to subject our “anniversary” tier to 365-days of freezer burn. Why ruin a perfectly good cake when you, along with three of your girlfriends, can feverishly demolish it while it is still in its prime.
12 hours after you return from your honeymoon. Without your husband. Oops.
Yes, I ate our anniversary tier without Ben. I owe Ben a cake.
Strawberry Cake with Fluffy Cheesecake Frosting might just be the secret to an enduring marriage. The refreshing flavor is intoxicating and comes entirely from real strawberries. The texture is rich, yet delicate. Whatever the disagreements in your household (i.e. the skim vs. 2% milk battle), all members can unite over big, dreamy slices of Strawberry Cake with Fluffy Cheesecake Frosting.
When I set out to make our replacement anniversary tier, I new it had to be strawberry, since this was the flavor of our original wedding cake. Sentiment aside, the single best strawberry cake I have ever tasted was at Sprinkles Bakeshop in LA. One of the most famed cupcake shops in the country (and arguably the original), Sprinkles prides itself on natural, quality ingredients, and that care shows in its products.
I wanted to achieve a taste as close to Sprinkles’ as possible, and I was delighted to find the actual recipe online. I made a few changes to adapt the recipe for an average home baker but kept the most important aspects to ensure true-Spinkles taste: I used only real strawberries, avoided artificial food coloring, and used a blend of half-and-half and milk for additional depth and richness.
The resulting cake tasted exactly like Sprinkles! Friends, this cake is so magnificent, I am prepared to argue that instead of growing fruit, all strawberry patches in heaven actually sprout Strawberry Cake with Fluffy Cheesecake Frosting. Divine, defined.
Though Sprinkles tops its strawberry cupcake with strawberry buttercream, I wanted to allow the cake’s fantastic flavor to shine and opted for a light cloud of fluffy cheesecake frosting instead. Reminiscent of whipped cream with a slight cheesecake tang, fluffy cheesecake frosting enhances the natural sweetness of the strawberries without overpowering them. Cake and frosting are a perfect couple.
Every marriage has its traditions. Strawberry Cake with Fluffy Cheesecake Frosting will be ours at every anniversary to come and certainly some nights in between. True love lasts a lifetime!
Made entirely from real strawberries, this cake is fresh, delicate, and a direct take from Sprinkles Bakeshop’s strawberry cupcake. Topped with a fluffy cloud of whipped cheesecake frosting, this cake is a slice of strawberry heaven.
Yield: Two 6-inch rounds, One 9-inch round, or 12 cupcakes (see notes)
This small-batch recipe makes enough batter for two 6-inch cake rounds, one 9-inch round (double the recipe to create a standard-sized layer cake), or 12 cupcakes. For a 9-inch round: Bake for 30-35 minutes; for cupcakes: bake 22-25 minutes; for 6-inch rounds: follow recipe as directed.