Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake {+ 2-year wedding anniversary}

Two years ago today, I put on a white dress and walked down the aisle towards my best friend. For whatever reason, he said yes, and today the two of us are eating Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake to celebrate.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake. An ultra moist one-bowl almond cake topped with roasted strawberries.

Ben and my wedding cake was strawberry, so I decided to make it a tradition to bake us a strawberry cake on our anniversary each year. We are two-years running, so the tradition is now bonafide. Last year, I baked this dead-ringer copycat Sprinkles Bakeshop Fresh Strawberry Cake. It’s fresh, buttery and multi-tiered for extra festiveness. This year, I opened for a more subtle, yet richly flavored moist Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake.

{Editors note: If you are wondering why we didn’t eat our wedding cake top-tier—most couples freeze it for their one-year—it’s because a few girlfriends and I ate it a week after the wedding. Please hold your judgment. Ben approved, and we enjoyed freshly baked cake on our anniversary, instead of icky freezer burned cake.}

P.S. Here’s a visual of the original cake + a certain happy couple:

Strawberry Wedding Cake for Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

(P.P.S. If you love wedding photos, you can see a few more here.)

Before writing today’s post, I looked back at last year’s anniversary post and the first year of marriage lessons-learned that I shared. They are all pretty silly and mostly still true. Another 12 months in, I won’t say I’ve become any more of a marriage expert, but when I reflect on the last two years, a few things stand out to me.

Lessons learned (and in progress) in my first two years of marriage.

  • Love is not blind. Love sees, acknowledges and appreciates the small gestures and efforts of the other.
  • Love rallies. Want to go to bed but know your husband has been giddily saving a movie to watch with you all week? Time to rally. Care to face plant into a pillow, but your wife is going stir crazy and put on her skinny jeans and cute top? Let’s go out.
  • If it’s important to you, it’s important.
  • Love goes along for the ride. When we were married, this blog didn’t exist. Ben never had to help me choose between one photo and another, arrange his weekend mornings around my photography schedule, or listen to my philosophical tirades on Pinterest trends I wish would go away (salted caramel funfetti cheesecake-stuffed one-bowl cake batter Oreo blondies, I am looking at you). Yet, he came along for the ride. He’s my biggest supporter, endlessly patient when hearing my daily blog updates, and even holds sheets of tin foil to reflect light on cloudy days. He shows much more interest and patience than I do when he tries to talk to me about Supreme Court arguments or hockey highlights. In Marriage Year Three, I am going to be working on this.
  • Have your own identity.At the time I wrote this post, my blog was still called “The Law Student’s Wife,” but that does not mean that I identify myself only as someone married to a student, nor does Ben identify himself only as someone who spends 40% of his life in the library. We each have our own interests, and we strive to appreciate each other’s differences.
  • Don’t keep score. If I unloaded the dishwasher seven times, but you took out the trash five, are we even? The real question is: why are we counting?
  • Change what you can. Ben hates it when I’m late. I’m late all the time. In Marriage Year Three, I will also be working on punctuality. I hate it when Ben overmixes pancake batter, but this may be impasse.
  • Celebrate the small things. Preferably with Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake. Moist and easy to make almond cake baked in a skillet and topped with roasted strawberries.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake is my latest installment in skillet eats and treats, a cooking style I’ve been enjoying for its ease of preparation (this is a 10-minute, one-bowl, no-mixer almond cake batter), minimalization of dishes, and the all-around happiness factor that skillet meals bring me. Do skillet meals actually taste better? Ever since making this One Skillet Spicy Ranch Chicken, I’m inclined to say yes, and today’s Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake agrees with me.

If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, fear not. This lovely, versatile almond cake will bake up beautifully in a standard cake pan or even a pie dish as well.

In addition to being easy to prepare, Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake is the softest, most moist cake I’ve ever baked. It’s buttery and creamy, with a lightly crispy exterior. The almond flavor is rich, natural, and intense, thanks to a trio of almond additions: pure almond extract, a topping of sliced almonds, and almond flour.

This was my first time baking with Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Meal, which is almond flour made from almonds where the skin is left enact.  Essentially very finely ground almonds, the almond flour gave the Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake extra depth and almond flavor that I adored. Plus, almond flour provides vitamin E, healthy fats, and protein. Applause!

Almond flour is also a staple of gluten free baking. This cake is not 100% gluten free—I did use part all-purpose flour since almond meal is much heavier than wheat flour, and I was worried the cake would be too heavy or gummy—but gluten free bakers can use this recipe as a starting point. Everyone can rejoice over the rich flavor and healthy benefits almond flour/meal provides.

SPOILER: There’s a giveaway for almond meal, almond flour, and more at the end of this post. Keep reading!

Roasted Strawberries for Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Though the almond cake would be fabulous on its own, served with a cup of coffee or big scoop of vanilla ice cream, I opted to add honey roasted strawberries, partly to keep with my strawberry anniversary theme and entirely because they are ahhhhh-mazinggg. The oven concentrates the strawberries’ flavor, and the honey provides a lovely sweetness that pairs beautifully with the almond cake.

Roasted strawberries are far too wonderful to limit to one use, so I opted both to bake them on top of the cake and spoon extra over the top. In fact, immediately after baking this cake, I made a second pan of roasted strawberries that I’ve been mixing into my yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast, pouring over ice cream for dessert, and eating directly out of the fridge for life. I warmly encourage you to do the same.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake. Super moist almond cake baked in a skillet and topped with roasted strawberries.

To my husband: Thanks for filling my every day with joy, love, and happiness…and for looking at 70-million pictures of this Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake to help me choose the best one. This is love!

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

An ultra-moist one-bowl skillet cake that takes 10-minutes to prep and tastes absolutely heavenly. Made with almond flour and extract, then topped with crunchy sliced almonds, this cake burst with natural almond flavor. An optional (but divine) topping of sweet honey roasted strawberries make this cake a celebratory treat!

Yield: 1, 8-inch round cake (serves 6)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Roasted Strawberries

  • 16 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Cake

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 medium lemon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour/Meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Prepare the strawberries: Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. (Be sure to use a rimmed baking sheet to catch any strawberry juices.) In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, olive oil, and salt until well combined. Add strawberries to bowl, then gently toss to coat. Arrange strawberries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes, watching carefully towards the end—the juices will thicken and darken, but should not scorch. Gently scrape the berries and juice into a small bowl while still warm. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the cake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 8-inch cast-iron skillet, other heavy oven-proof skillet, a 8-inch cake round cake pan, or a 9-inch pie dish. (If using pie dish, check baking time a few minutes ahead.)
  3. In a medium bowl, blend the granulated sugar the lemon zest together with your fingers, until the sugar is moist and scented. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Whisk in the salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Sprinkle the almond flour, all-purpose flour, and baking powder over the top of the wet ingredients. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold to combine. Finally, fold in the melted butter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet or pan and smooth the top. Scatter the sliced almonds over the surface. Top with 1/3 of the roasted strawberries (the top should fairly well covered, but not completely). If you're using a cake or pie pan, place the pan on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until it is golden and lightly crisp on the outside, but the inside is still moist. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cake to loosen it. Let cool completely before slicing. Serve topped with remaining roasted strawberries.

Store leftover cake well-wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Giveaway for Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour

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I am an ambassador for Bob’s Red Mill and was compensated for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are my own.

231 Responses to “Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake {+ 2-year wedding anniversary}”

  1. Heather Disarro (@heathersdish) — March 31, 2014 @ 6:20 am (#)

    Happy anniversary!!! All of those lessons learned are so important and I’m SO glad you shared :) Our favorite celebratory dessert is always cheesecake – I think we MAY have it once a year, so it’s a SUPER special one!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:16 am

      Thanks so so much Heather, and I ADORE cheesecake too. I bet yours is extra fluffy and amazing!

  2. themessybakerblog — March 31, 2014 @ 6:26 am (#)

    I never saw the point of freezing the cake. Blah, blah tradition, blah. But, it doesn’t even taste good. Your way sounds much better. Love this version! Pinned. Happy Anniversary!

  3. Kelly — March 31, 2014 @ 6:44 am (#)

    A cake definitely wouldn’t last a whole year in my freezer, weirdo tradition or not. We don’t really have a set celebratory dessert, I feel like a delicious dessert can be a cause to celebrate all on it’s own ;-)

  4. lisatberry — March 31, 2014 @ 6:45 am (#)

    Our celebratory dessert is bananas foster…so good especially when shared. We saved our tier and pulled it out one year later so inedible..it was terrible. I love that you went ahead and ate it while still fresh. Love your blog.

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 31, 2014 @ 7:05 am (#)

    Congratulations, Erin!
    I have never made a skillet cake….it looks really tempting and delicious!

  6. Bake Your Day — March 31, 2014 @ 7:11 am (#)

    I love roasted strawberries. This is beautiful! Happy 2 years!!

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 31, 2014 @ 7:16 am (#)

    Beautiful cake, love the strawberries in it! Happy 2-year wedding anniversary to you, blessings on your day together! {see you soon, yay!}

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:12 am

      Thank you so so much Brenda, and can’t wait!!

  8. Zainab — March 31, 2014 @ 7:39 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!!! I never got to freeze my cake either…someone are it when it made it to our house that night lol! But I’m glad they did coz now every year I can make a new one. This almond skillet cake looks delicious. I love their almond meal…makes the perfect macarons always!!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      That is SUCH a funny story. I hope they baked you a replacement afterwards!
      Great idea to use the almond meal for macarons. I’m going to fly through it once I start :)

  9. bakerbynature — March 31, 2014 @ 7:50 am (#)

    Er my gosh – why are you SO cute?! I love this post. And happy anni to you both. Now um… you saved me some cake right?

  10. steph@stephsbitebybite — March 31, 2014 @ 7:50 am (#)

    Roasted strawberries!! Now that’s a way to kick up an anniversary cake. Looks delish!

  11. Nicole — March 31, 2014 @ 8:02 am (#)

    We sliced our wedding cake topper into 12 and have had a slice each month of our first year of marriage to celebrate. On our year anniversary I’ll probably make a carrot cake because everything is better with cake!

    • Diane Siniscalchi — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:47 am

      I like the sharing of a slice each month for a year.

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:08 am

      Nicole, that is IMPRESSIVE! I don’t think I’d have self control to resist one small slice per year. Also, you nailed it: Everything IS better with cake!

  12. Julie — March 31, 2014 @ 8:04 am (#)

    You are precious! Love that you had strawberry cake. A million years ago when we were married, there was…wait for it…white wedding cake. Blah. Talk about gross a year later. But strawberry cake!! Yes, please! And in a cast-iron skillet?? Oh, yes. And I suppose that our special dessert is the raisin-pecan pie that my family insists on every year (although it is delicious). Congratulations! (And your dress was beautiful).

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      Thanks so much Julie! Our bottom tier was strawberry, but since I can’t live with only one dessert, we had 2 other flavors (one for each tier) as well. Naturally, I had to have 3 slices on our wedding, lol. I’m sure the white was classic, but I loved switching it up!

  13. paula h — March 31, 2014 @ 8:08 am (#)

    Definitely Chess Pie

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:00 am

      Paula, I am totally craving chess pie after reading this suggestion! I don’t have it enough. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  14. Emily — March 31, 2014 @ 8:09 am (#)

    I love the photo of you and your hubby cutting the cake :) It’s beautiful! My favorite celebratory dessert? Cake! The flavor depends on the celebration! Carrot for my dad, Mayonnaise for anything relating to Mom, NOT chocolate for my brother… The flavors remind me of them :)

  15. paula h — March 31, 2014 @ 8:09 am (#)

    I am a subscriber

  16. Emily — March 31, 2014 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I already subscribe to your email list! :) One of the food bloggers’ emails I ALWAYS open and read!

  17. Emily — March 31, 2014 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I follow you on pinterest too :)

  18. sweetphi — March 31, 2014 @ 8:17 am (#)

    Awe, Erin, I LOVED this post! Not only do I love almond meal and strawberry cake, but you made them together, and what a sweet tradition! Congrats on your anniversary!
    I already receive your lovely email newsletter, and follow you on pinterest, but definitely pinned this recipe, because I’d love to try some of those awesome flours!

  19. Amy C. — March 31, 2014 @ 8:20 am (#)

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  20. Amy C. — March 31, 2014 @ 8:21 am (#)

    I would have to pick Tiramisu as my favorite celebration dessert!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:59 am

      I ADORE tiramisu Amy! So many wonderful flavors. Thanks for entering and have a great day!

  21. Amy C. — March 31, 2014 @ 8:23 am (#)

    I’m already a subscriber to your email newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — March 31, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

    happy anniversary you guys :) and yes i did look at your wedding pictures, too cute. my favorite dessert have to be anything with chocolate, rich, and dark

  23. Minnie O. — March 31, 2014 @ 8:29 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!! I’m so excited to try this recipe (I’m gluten free). My and my honey enjoy flourless chocolate cake with homemade whipped cream! Yum!!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:57 am

      Flourless chocolate cake is such a treat Minnie! Thanks so much and hope you enjoy this skillet cake too.

  24. Katie — March 31, 2014 @ 8:34 am (#)

    My mom always made yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my birthdays growing up. So now, that cake is my go-to for celebrations!

  25. Katie — March 31, 2014 @ 8:35 am (#)

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  26. Katie — March 31, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)
  27. Julie @ Table for Two — March 31, 2014 @ 8:39 am (#)

    Awww happy 2 year anniversary! Love this cake and your wedding dress was gorgeous!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:57 am

      Thanks Julie! It’s safe in a box now, but I totally want to bust it back out and prance around, lol. One day to wear it just wasn’t enough!

  28. Liz — March 31, 2014 @ 8:43 am (#)

    Congrats Erin. You guys are a handsome couple. I guess I like any kind of cheese cake the best of all desserts.

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:56 am

      LOVE LOVE cheesecake Liz! Maybe I’ll try baking a strawberry one for next year.

  29. Ellen — March 31, 2014 @ 8:43 am (#)

    I love celebrating anything with cupcakes!

  30. Ellen — March 31, 2014 @ 8:44 am (#)

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  31. DessertForTwo — March 31, 2014 @ 8:58 am (#)

    AWWWW! I’m so in love with this! I love your marriage pointers. Seriously, you’re spot on.

  32. Erika — March 31, 2014 @ 8:59 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! Love this cake and your dress was fabulous my dear!

  33. Anna — March 31, 2014 @ 9:01 am (#)

    Happy happy anniversary, and what a great anniversary tradition! Love this post, and you were a stunnnnnning bride :)

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:54 am

      I’m blushing :) Thanks so much Anna!

  34. Sandy h — March 31, 2014 @ 9:29 am (#)

    For my celebrations I bake cheesecake with cherry topping

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:54 am

      That’s one of my grandma’s favorites Sandy! We have it at Christmas, right along with apple and pecan pie. How delicious!

  35. Sandy h — March 31, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#)

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  37. Caroline — March 31, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

    I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill! My favorite celebration dessert is anything super chocolate-y. The more chocolate the better!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:55 am

      AMEN Caroline! I support your celebratory style whole heartedly!

  38. Caroline — March 31, 2014 @ 9:46 am (#)

    I subscribe via RSS!

  39. ColleenMarie — March 31, 2014 @ 9:56 am (#)

    Ice Cream Cake!!

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  42. whatjessicabakednext — March 31, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

    Congrats! This looks fab! :)

  43. Beth — March 31, 2014 @ 10:16 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!! This skillet cake looks incredible with all those roasted strawberries on top! Loved reading all the things you’ve learned in your first years of marriage. Gorgeous wedding photo, and gorgeous cake. :)

  44. Diane Siniscalchi — March 31, 2014 @ 10:16 am (#)

    My favorite celebration dessert is The Cake Boss’ recipe for chocolate cake filled and frosted with chocolate mousse and draped with chocolate ganache. It’s my family’s most requested cake. Yesterday I made it with a raspberry glaze and raspberry jam and fresh raspberry filling, and frosted it with raspberry chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache. This was a cake for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. I’m thinking of making your first anniversary strawberry cake for my Godson’s birthday since chocolate is not his favorite. BTW, I loved loved loved your wedding photos. What a beautiful glowing bride and the handsomest of grooms! Happy Happy 2nd Anniversary! Judging from your comments, I predict you will be celebrating many many more joyful and loving years (and anniversaries)!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:51 am

      You are the absolute sweetest Diane! Thank you so much. Also HOLY COW THAT CAKE SOUNDS OUTSTANDING! I’d go crazy for both the super chocolate original version and your raspberry twist. Maybe I’ll try it with strawberry for next year’s anniversary :)

      • Diane Siniscalchi — March 31st, 2014 @ 11:01 am

        Strawberry sounds like a good idea! You could top the cake with rosettes of chocolate mousse and chocolate covered strawberries. You’ve given me my next variation. Now I have to find a strawberry liqueur….

  45. Diane Siniscalchi — March 31, 2014 @ 10:17 am (#)

    I have an e-mail subscription. Thank you!

  46. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — March 31, 2014 @ 10:24 am (#)

    Well this is just the sweetest! Happy 2nd anniversary, and enjoy eating this yummy looking skillet cake.

  47. Teresa — March 31, 2014 @ 10:35 am (#)

    Thanks for the recipe. I enjoy anything strawberry, have them everyday, either frozen or fresh. This subscriber wishes you a very Happy Anniversary !

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:50 am

      Thank you so SO much Teresa (and yay for strawberry EVERYTHING. I love them too!)

  48. Diane Siniscalchi — March 31, 2014 @ 10:42 am (#)

    My pinterest address is pinterest.com/m0m5. The name on my site is Diane Siniscalchi. I pinned this to my cake, cookies, muffins, and frosting board. I don’t know how to get the link to my pin.

  49. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — March 31, 2014 @ 10:44 am (#)

    This strawberry almond cake looks amazing! I recently found your blog and love your recipes and stories!

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:49 am

      Thanks so much Gayle, and I’m so happy you found my blog!

  50. steworastory — March 31, 2014 @ 11:00 am (#)

    I love cakes made with almond meal and these roasted strawberries look delicious! Happy Anniversary!

  51. kate — March 31, 2014 @ 11:08 am (#)

    I love anything with cream cheese frosting.

  52. Ashley — March 31, 2014 @ 11:12 am (#)

    I love roasted strawberries!! This cake looks awesome Erin … and I loved reading your lessons learned. I may or may not be guilty of telling my husband he needs to unload the dishwasher more often : ) Happy anniversary!!

  53. Liz — March 31, 2014 @ 11:43 am (#)

    Angel food cake on my birthday, made by my Nanny the first 28 years of my life, and John the last two, using her recipe for the custard frosting and his own grandma’s recipe for the cake (from scratch–yes, he’s a keeper!).

    Pinned this, and making it today to bring over to Lindsey and Matt’s tonight to celebrate being home from the hospital with their brand new baby boy!

  54. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 31, 2014 @ 11:53 am (#)

    Happy anniversary! What a sweet post. One of my favorite celebration dessert is layer cake with lots of frosting!

  55. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — March 31, 2014 @ 11:53 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this cake! Love roasted strawberries!

  56. Katie — March 31, 2014 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! And a big congratulations, especially by celebrating with this heavenly dessert :)

  57. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — March 31, 2014 @ 12:05 pm (#)

    Erin, this was such a sweet post! I love that you had strawberry cake – too perfect. And your photos are gorgeous! Haha, those oreo stuffed blah blah blah brownies are the death of me as well ;) Pinning this delicious skillet cake! Almonds and strawberries, now there is a combo I haven’t tried, but wow, does it sound good!

  58. Margie — March 31, 2014 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Dessert? Ice Cream!!!

  59. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — March 31, 2014 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    Congratulations on 2 years Erin! Cheers to many more! The cake looks amazing! Freezer burnt cake is way over rated, I rather have fresh baked cake any day!

  60. Chris @ Shared Appetite — March 31, 2014 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    Congrats on 2 years Erin! My wife and I will be celebrating that this upcoming July. Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies by? Love all your lessons learned. So true and I identify with them all.

    This cake looks amazing. Love roasted strawberries!

    And I’m with ya on the whole Pinterest trend thing.. that was hysterical!

  61. Sharde — March 31, 2014 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    I love making molten chocolate cakes for celebrations!

  62. Sharde — March 31, 2014 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    Also, I already subscribe to your newsletters. Congrats on 2 years!

  63. lisa — March 31, 2014 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    Fav celebration dessert is usually chocolate mousse, but lately it’s been raw apple pie.

  64. Helen B — March 31, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Looking forward to trying the skillet cake, especially as I have never made one. Celebration for me is a tart: sea salted chocolate with pecan topping, yes, as decadent as it sounds. I am a subscriber, and lastly, Happy Anniversary!

  65. lisa — March 31, 2014 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    And of course I subscribe already! Love your blog. Thanks. Congrats on the anniversary!

  66. Katie H — March 31, 2014 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    I make cheesecakes a lot for special occasions! My family loves them!

  67. Katie H — March 31, 2014 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    I followed you on Pinterest (GlutenFreeKatie). http://www.pinterest.com/pin/287878601155447612/

  68. Katie H — March 31, 2014 @ 1:57 pm (#)

    I subscribed to your email. My email is katieh621@gmail.com

  69. Brittany B — March 31, 2014 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    best celebration treat = classic chocolate cake!

  70. Kacey Bostrom — March 31, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    Dacquoise, coffee buttercream, coffee flavored whipped cream and ganache via the Silver Palate Good Times cookbook. Never fails to more than delightfully satisfy. Your marital lessons and goals are mindful and lovely. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. And congratulations! Truly, the best is yet to come! 15.5 years in…

  71. Kacey Bostrom — March 31, 2014 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    I already follow! Here’s your pin, repinned. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/496240452663382805/

  72. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) — March 31, 2014 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    This cake looks wonderful and is so spring appropriate! My favorite celebration dessert is always something different – I love trying new recipes!

  73. Willow @Will Cook For Friends — March 31, 2014 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    Ahhh, you two are so cute! Happy Anniversary! I absolutely loved reading this. My husband and I are coming up on our one year anniversary, and I think you hit the nail on the head with those lessons. I especially like what you said about love *not* being blind — that it is about seeing and appreciating the little things. That is so true!

    Also, I can’t get over how genius those honey-roasted strawberries are. The whole cake sounds kind of to-die-for. Ben is one lucky guy! ;)

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

      I will be sure to tell him that ;-)
      Thanks so much Willow! You and your man are pretty darn adorable too :)

  74. Monica — March 31, 2014 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    Congratulations on your anniversary! What a lovely wedding picture and this is such a sweet treat to celebrate with. My husband and I have been married 12 years. Our favorite celebration treat has to be chocolate cake…or just anything chocolate because I’m a chocoholic and my husband loves anything I do. : )

    • Erin Clarke — March 31st, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

      12 years! WOW Monica, congrats to you and your husband as well. And I fully support the chocolate celebration. I’m a chocoholic too!

  75. Kelsey — March 31, 2014 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! My go-to is a flourless chocolate cake. So decadent. So delicious. Eating it is also worthy of a celebration.

  76. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — March 31, 2014 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    Congats, Erin! I love looking at wedding photos. And love reading your lessons learned. I can’t help but love this skillet dish. I’m obsessed wth all this strawberries so anything with them is a winner in my book.

  77. Patti — March 31, 2014 @ 3:30 pm (#)

    I don’t have one specific celebration dessert, but one of my standard cakes for birthdays is angel food with whipped cream and seasonal fruit.

  78. Patti — March 31, 2014 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    I am an email subscriber.

  79. Chelsea — March 31, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    My favorite celebration dessert always involves strawberries, so this cake is perfect!

  80. Christina Gathright — March 31, 2014 @ 3:51 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! I love to celebrate with chocolate cake with coconut butter cream :)

  81. Brenda — March 31, 2014 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    Depends on the occasion — each family member has a favorite for their birthday (Red Velvet Cake for the Christmas Eve birthday girl, French Silk Chocolate Pie for my summer birthday boy, Pecan Pie Cake for my father-in-law, tiny apricot hand pies for my sister). Most holidays have a particular dessert associated with our big meal but are also subject to special requests — Pumpkin Cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream at Thanksgiving, Strawberry Cake (!) for Fourth of July. I love them all! And would love to try the BRM flours in the giveaway. Happy Anniversary!

  82. Morghan — March 31, 2014 @ 4:16 pm (#)

    Definitely cheesecake.

  83. LEFTSIDEOFTHETABLE — March 31, 2014 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    I’m not even married, but I can feel the heart in the advice. Particularly to have your own identity….so right on. Love that you pointed out the name of your blog doesn’t mean your just a wife. Congratulations on your Anniversary. This cake looks super unique and wonderful. I keep thinking about trying to roast strawberries, and this is the perfect way to try it. Thank you, Erin :)

  84. Danae @ reciperunner — March 31, 2014 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    I just subscribed to get emails from you, can’t believe I hadn’t yet! Congrats on another anniversary, I love the wedding pictures and your advice. I made a cake similar to this last Easter but without the almond and being the almond lover that I am, I am so happy to have this recipe in my arsenal now!

  85. Sarah — March 31, 2014 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! My fave celebration dessert is banana chocolate chip cake. yum!

  86. Sarah — March 31, 2014 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    i’m a subscriber via rss

  87. Sarah — March 31, 2014 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    i follow you on pinterest and pinned the recipe here http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40180621649934732/

  88. Toni — March 31, 2014 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! My favorite celebration dessert is Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake.

  89. Toni — March 31, 2014 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    I am already a subscriber via RSS.

  90. Toni — March 31, 2014 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    I follow you on pinterest and pinned the cake here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/332210909985324996/

  91. hipfoodiemom — March 31, 2014 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    Erin, congrats on 2 years! My anniversary is tomorrow! Yes, we got married on April 1st. My husband needed a date that he would never forget. . even when we are old and gray, he’ll remember we got married on April 1st :). We will be celebrating 8 years. I can hardly believe it. I loved reading this post. . great lessons learned! I love “don’t keep score” and “celebrate the small things” . . absolutely. It’s so sweet how supportive your husband is. . :)
    ok, now two unrelated things: totally looking forward to Bake For Good this weekend and looking forward to meeting you and the others. . I was following some bloggers who attended Seattle and looks like we’ll be having a great time! and lastly: fave celebration dessert: anything chocolate with lots of ice cream or Crème brûlée!

  92. Nikki — March 31, 2014 @ 7:41 pm (#)

    My favorite celebration dessert is my moms German chocolate cake. So decadent. I’d say you went within the right idea of enjoying the top layer right away and making a fresh one for the first annoy.

  93. stephanie — March 31, 2014 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary! My moms red cake. I love your recipes. My family Loves your oatmeal bars.

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      Stephanie, this absolutely makes my day to hear! Thank you so much and I’m so happy that your family enjoys the bars.

  94. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — March 31, 2014 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    So great! I love this post. I love that you had strawberry cake for your wedding cake! Tucking that one away into the memory bank. Along with this little winner of a recipe!

  95. paula — March 31, 2014 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    I subscribe via email

  96. paula — March 31, 2014 @ 8:34 pm (#)
  97. Amy — March 31, 2014 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary!!
    Celebration cake for us is double chocolate….. Second place is German chocolate

  98. Kara Hoerr @ RD in the Midwest — March 31, 2014 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    You looked gorgeous on your wedding day! My husband and I just got married about 8 months ago in August and I laugh when you say you have to compromise with milk…we still have 2 gallons of milk in the fridge: skim for me and 1% for him. And don’t worry, our cake lasted in the freezer for about a month. Why waste such good cake?!

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:24 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only early cake eater Kara. Thanks so much and congrats to you and your husband too!

  99. Lena jones — March 31, 2014 @ 8:54 pm (#)

    The birthday cake my momma makes me. Yellow cake with chocolate buttercream.

  100. Tracy Johnston — March 31, 2014 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    I absolutely love Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie. I can not wait to try your recipe! My twin sister was visiting our mother and decided to clean out her freezer. At the bottom, she found the top layer of her wedding cake. It was 24 years old! Needless to say, into the trash it went. You were smart to enjoy your cake while it was still delicious! Happy Happy Anniversary!!

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:24 am

      SUCH a funny story Tracy! And I love cheesecake and key lime pie too :)

  101. Tracy Johnston — March 31, 2014 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    I subscribe to your emails. :)

  102. Tracy Johnston — March 31, 2014 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    Pinned your recipe on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/tjredhead/eats/
    Username: tjredhead

  103. Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy — March 31, 2014 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary Erin, this cake looks delicious! I’m definitely one of those people who loves wedding photos!

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:23 am

      Thanks so much Emily (and I love them too. Can’t help myself!)

  104. laurasmess — March 31, 2014 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    erin, I just clicked back through to your first anniversary post and I realized that it was the very first time that I had read and commented on a post from ‘The Law Student’s Wife’. So, uh… this is my first anniversary of being a blog friend, is that weird?? Anyway, thanks for sharing the beautiful insights that you’ve gained from two years of marriage. CONGRATULATIONS to you and Ben, yaaay!! There’s a lot of wisdom in those bullet points. Oh, and you just reminded me that Aarons and my first tier of wedding cake is STILL at the bottom of his parents’ chest freezer! Oh dear. 2.5 years worth of freezer burn :/ I should’ve eaten it with my girlfriends like you! x

  105. Michelle M. Spencer — March 31, 2014 @ 9:48 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary! :-) My family’s favorite “go to” dessert is our chocolate coffee cake. I subscribed to your email updates (urallmyan@gmail.com) and have already been following most of your boards on Pinterest (Michelle Spencer). My repin of your Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake is: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/550494754424729482/.

    I really like using Bob’s Red Mill products in my baking. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win some!

  106. Mary — March 31, 2014 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary! Our favorite celebration treat is frozen cheesecake brownies! They taste like fudge! Love your pictures too!

  107. Mary — March 31, 2014 @ 9:59 pm (#)

    Pinned this recipe so I can make it soon! Mary Helming. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/246290673346282888/

  108. Mary — March 31, 2014 @ 10:00 pm (#)

    I already enjoy your emails!

  109. Jordan — March 31, 2014 @ 10:21 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! Does ice cream count as a celebration dessert? Because to me, getting ice cream is a celebration in and of itself…obviously I’m ready for summer haha. Love Bob’s Red Mill!

  110. Megan | Country Cleaver — March 31, 2014 @ 10:45 pm (#)

    Aww happy anniversary lady love!! And what a way to celebrate!

  111. Kimberly C — April 1, 2014 @ 12:14 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!!! I love roasted strawberries, it looks amazing!!! My family loves cheesecake so that’s my go-to celebration dessert!!

  112. Kimberly C — April 1, 2014 @ 12:32 am (#)

    I subscribe to The Law Student’s Wife Email Updates.

  113. Kimberly C — April 1, 2014 @ 12:41 am (#)

    I am following you on Pinterest and pinned the recipe. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/154107618473725296/

  114. Martha — April 1, 2014 @ 2:25 am (#)

    carrot cake, not just any carrot cake it has to be my mother-in-laws BEST EVER! (yes you need to say it just like that) carrot cake. It is so good my husband asked for it to be served at our wedding along side our wedding cake,

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:29 am

      Martha, that carrot cake sounds amazing! BEST EVER?! Is the recipe a secret? If not, I might know a lady who’s interested ;-)

      • M — April 3rd, 2014 @ 8:48 am

        I am a firm believer that the best recipes should be shared.

        Best Ever Carrot Cake

        2c flour

        2 c sugar

        1 1/2 tsp baking soda

        4 eggs unbeaten

        2 tsp baking powder

        2 c raw grated carrots

        2 1/4 tsp cinnamon

        1c chopped walnuts

        1 tsp salt

        8 1/2oz. can crushed pineapple (drained)

        1 1/2 c vegetable oil

        Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar, add oil and eggs. Mix well. Add carrots. drained pineapple and nuts. Pour into 9×13 pan (greased) bake at 350 for 45 min, testing to be sure it is done before taking from oven. Cool, then ice with the following frosting:

        Icing

        1/2 butter

        8 oz pkg cream cheese

        1pkg powdered sugar (1lbs)

        1/2 – 1 c chopped walnuts

        1 t vanilla

        1-2 t lemon juice (personal preference because I think it brings out the cream cheese flavor)

        beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth, slowly add powdered sugar. when combined beat in vanilla and fold in walnuts.

        This cake is such a favorite of my husband he requested his mom make it for our wedding! I cannot say where she got the recipe but it is worth making from scratch, we always add extra carrots to the batter; up to half a cup more.

        • Erin Clarke — April 3rd, 2014 @ 9:11 am

          YAY, YAY, YAY! Thank you so much. I love that it has pineapple and walnut. All good carrot cakes should have both in my humble opinion. I am a big believer that all great recipes should be shared too (must be why I have a food blog, haha). THANKS AGAIN! I can’t wait to try it.

  115. Helen @ Scrummy Lane — April 1, 2014 @ 6:03 am (#)

    Awww … as a gal just coming up to her first wedding anniversary, I LOVED this! What inspiring tips!! I’ve already seen the truth behind some of them (especially ‘get hubby to hold foil/white paper etc. on cloudy days’ … I’m strongly suspecting this is going to be even more essential when we move back to the UK (=cloudy) from Greece (=sunny) very soon! So thank you! Once again, loved this, and of course the strawberry cake is fabulous, too! Here’s to your next 3 years of marriage! (imaginary champagne glass held up) :-)

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:20 am

      CHEERS! Thanks so much Helen :)

  116. Elizabeth — April 1, 2014 @ 7:19 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary! Your list is great and it’s such a joy to see/hear a young couple with such grounded values. I’ll celebrate my 43rd anniversary this year and believe when I say it only gets better from here! Our favorite celebration food is a chocolate mousse cake I’ve been making forever.

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:22 am

      Elizabeth, thank you so much for your warm words, CONGRATS to you on 43 years! It’s so inspiring, and I wish you many a chocolate mousse cake to celebrate.

  117. Elizabeth Jenkins — April 1, 2014 @ 7:23 am (#)

    I receive LSW emails.

  118. Teri McHugh — April 1, 2014 @ 8:05 am (#)

    Celebrating is always special with strawberry shortcake and homemade whipped cream! Happy anniversary!

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:28 am

      Thanks Teri! I love strawberry shortcake too. Homemade whipped cream is a must.

  119. crazyforcrust — April 1, 2014 @ 8:51 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary!!

  120. Kelly — April 1, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    Aaw, happy happy 2 year anniversary Erin! You looked gorgeous on your wedding day and your dress is so beautiful! I absolutely loved reading this post and your lessons learned :) This skillet cake is perfect for celebrating – I love that you added roasted strawberries – it looks delicious – pinning :)

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:28 am

      You are so sweet! Thank you Kelly!

  121. Liz — April 1, 2014 @ 9:17 am (#)

    I subscribe by email. I guess I love cheesecake the most, but lots of good desserts out there. Congrats to you both and keep up the good work.

  122. Pam — April 1, 2014 @ 11:26 am (#)

    It looks amazing! Happy anniversary – your wedding photo is lovely.

    • Erin Clarke — April 2nd, 2014 @ 12:19 am

      Thanks so much Pam! You are too kind :)

  123. JoDee — April 1, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    Rasberry chocolate cake!! Happy anniversary!

  124. Joanna — April 1, 2014 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    Homemade chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting!!!!

  125. Joanna — April 1, 2014 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    Also, I subscribe to you on an RSS feed!

  126. Carmel Moments — April 1, 2014 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    Congrats! And happy anniversary!

  127. Cindy — April 1, 2014 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    Delicious looking cake. The strawberries look so good here. Happy anniversary :D

  128. Kathie — April 1, 2014 @ 6:44 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary. This looks delish. Our favorite is coconut cream cake or strawberry filled cake.

  129. Tanya — April 1, 2014 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    I subscribe via email! thanks

  130. Tanya — April 1, 2014 @ 10:38 pm (#)

    i like to make orange cinnamon rolls!

  131. atasteofmadess — April 2, 2014 @ 12:49 am (#)

    Happy anniversary! This looks fantastic! I love anything with strawberries in it

    • Erin Clarke — April 4th, 2014 @ 6:27 am

      Same here!!! Especially in the spring. I can’t seem to get enough!

  132. Kristen W — April 2, 2014 @ 7:06 am (#)

    My favorite celebratory treat is Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting!

  133. Kristen W — April 2, 2014 @ 7:10 am (#)

    Also-Subscribed! Looking forward to reading about more of your yummy recipes!

  134. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — April 2, 2014 @ 7:40 am (#)

    Happy Anniversary Erin! Love this strawberry cake and your lessons you have learned- I’m still learning after 11 years!

  135. Tammy Krohn — April 2, 2014 @ 8:21 am (#)

    Hello! I pray you are doing well and happily blogging.

    I found your website through Pinterest while looking for a recipe to serve tonight for our small group. Your strawberry almond skillet cake will be on the menu.

    I did sign up to receive emails and am SO excited to receive them. What a neat blog you have. It’s different from all the other ones I follow.

    I am glad you are in the midwest, so am I. We drive through Madison on the way to see my sister-in-law in Janesville. The Wisconsin Dells, Milwaukee, Green Bay are all places we visit and enjoy. All of that to say, we love Wisconsin! Go Badgers! We will be cheering them on in the Final Four.

    May God bless you, your marriage, and your blog.
    Tammy

    • Erin Clarke — April 3rd, 2014 @ 11:22 am

      Hi Tammy, This is just the sweetest note, thank you! I’m so, so happy you found my blog and said hi. I love Madison (and the Midwest in general.) We’ve been to Green Bay and Milwaukee, but the Dells are still on my list. Thanks for the reminder to visit soon. We’ll also be cheering WI in the Final Four. GO BADGERS!

  136. FireRunner2379 — April 2, 2014 @ 8:41 am (#)

    My favorite celebration dessert is Wedding Cake. They are usually quite elegant and taste over the top, just the way I like it! I’m not a huge fan of weddings, my wife and I were married in Key West during a cruise, so the cake is usually what gets me there.

    • Erin Clarke — April 4th, 2014 @ 6:26 am

      Cake is a powerful motivator, and I think your wedding sounds absolutely fabulous!

  137. FireRunner2379 — April 2, 2014 @ 8:43 am (#)

    I get your email updates at jefflammers at rocketmail dot com.

  138. FireRunner2379 — April 2, 2014 @ 8:46 am (#)

    I follow your Pinterest boards and pinned the recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/122371314849483915/.

  139. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — April 2, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

    Aww, what a wonderful way to celebrate two years married – congratulations, you two!! This strawberry cake looks so scrumptious and I love that it reminds you of your wedding cake. Thanks for sharing this great giveaway, too!

  140. erinsilvius — April 2, 2014 @ 11:44 am (#)

    Erin. Everything about this post is perfect. Your beautiful wedding photo (going to look at more… wedding photo loving is an issue of mine), your stellar advice, and this beautiful beautiful cake. Loving it all. Hope you had a wonderful celebration! xoxo

    • Erin Clarke — April 4th, 2014 @ 6:26 am

      Erin, once again you’re the sweetest! Thank you so, so much!

  141. Terah — April 2, 2014 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    I love coconut cake-the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is amazing!

  142. Teffy — April 2, 2014 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    Such a sweet post!!! and what a perfect recipe to go with it!
    I agree with all your tips on having a successful relationship. So important to be an individual and still work as a team.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  143. Lane Dugger — April 2, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    So glad to have discovered this blog. Our favorite celebration dessert is key lime pie. It’s a must have for birthdays in our family.

    • Erin Clarke — April 3rd, 2014 @ 11:19 am

      I’m so glad you discovered it too Lane, thank you! Also, key lime pie is DIVINE. I feel like I’m in paradise every time I eat it!

  144. Karen — April 2, 2014 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    Happy anniversary! I think our favorite celebration dessert would be a dense chocolate cake with raspberries.

  145. karen — April 2, 2014 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    I enjoy making my husband his favorite every year for his birthday: Pineapple upside down cake.

  146. Meg @The Housewife in Training Files — April 2, 2014 @ 7:17 pm (#)

    Erin, congratulations! As someone that is on the countdown to the wedding day, I love reading bits of advice. Any bit of help can start before we get there right? A few I really love…if it is important to them, its important to you; love goes along for the ride and don’t keep score. These are all so important to a healthy and successful marriage!

    And my favorite way to celebrate is with anything ice cream or chocolate/PB combo! Yes please!!!

  147. Meg @The Housewife in Training Files — April 2, 2014 @ 7:19 pm (#)

    I subscribe as well :)

  148. Meg @The Housewife in Training Files — April 2, 2014 @ 7:19 pm (#)

    And follow on pinterest and pinned!

  149. Teja — April 2, 2014 @ 7:41 pm (#)

    My favorite celebration cake is chocolate peanut butter cake with chocolate ganache!

  150. Erin Clarke — April 3, 2014 @ 11:20 am (#)

    Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement Liz!! That means a lot (and I adore cheesecake too :) )

  151. Karen Delaney — April 3, 2014 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    My New York style cheesecake is perfect for celebrating!

    • Erin Clarke — April 4th, 2014 @ 6:02 am

      Cheesecake IS perfect for celebrating Karen. Thanks for entering!

      • Karen Delaney — April 5th, 2014 @ 8:12 am

        Because it is rather time consuming and also expensive to make, I save it for special occasions! Thanks for having a giveaway!

      • Karen Delaney — April 5th, 2014 @ 8:13 am

        And Happy Anniversary!

  152. Karen Delaney — April 3, 2014 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    I subscribe via email

  153. Karen Delaney — April 3, 2014 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    karengdel follows you on Pinterest and pinned your recipe at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/67202219414076357/

  154. Luv What You Do — April 3, 2014 @ 9:18 pm (#)

    Congratulations!!! What a fun thing to celebrate!
    I can’t wait to try this…looks amazing!

    • Erin Clarke — April 4th, 2014 @ 5:58 am

      Thanks so much!! Have a great weekend.

      • Luv What You Do — April 5th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

        You too! Hope it’s a warm one!

  155. girlonthemoveblog — April 4, 2014 @ 12:35 am (#)

    I absolutely love anything cheesecake!

  156. Lizzy Z. — April 4, 2014 @ 10:54 am (#)

    I grew up as the kid that always picked carrot cake on her birthday. Not sure all my little friends appreciated it, but it is still my favorite!

  157. mysweetiepiepie — April 4, 2014 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    I love decorated sugar cookies.

  158. Nicole Rivera — April 4, 2014 @ 10:10 pm (#)

    I am so happy to have stumbled on this page!! You have some yummy recipes! I would love to win!! I want to try all of them!! My fave dessert is Mandarin/ pineapple white cake with whip cream frosting! I wish It was a low calorie recipe!! lol I am a subscriber and I pinned this recipe ! I can’t wait to try EVERYTHING!! Happy Anniversary and thank you for having this awesome place for me

  159. Cricket — April 4, 2014 @ 11:19 pm (#)

    The honey roasted strawberries sound amazing. I love the idea of a one bowl skillet cake. My celebratory dessert is chocolate mousse. I can remember a birthday where I had it more than once! Happy anniversary!

  160. Mary Claire — April 5, 2014 @ 9:27 am (#)

    Well, my favorite dessert is just about anything chocolate, and my dear husband’s is just about anything fruity! Since I’m the baker, we more often have chocolate something. ;) I’m glad to have found this site and this recipe. I’ll make it soon for the celebration of Spring! –Signing up now for emails, and Pinterest. My Pinterest user name is ‘beequilter.’ Thanks for the great recipe, and the chance to win great products!

  161. Julie Hendrickson — April 5, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

    Great recipe, I plan to try it with cherries instead of strawberries. My celebratory desert is strawberry rhubarb pie!

  162. Jasmine — April 5, 2014 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    Just made you recipe and it is fantastic! Thank you for posting it!

    • Erin Clarke — April 5th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

      Yay Jasmine! I’m so excited that you enjoyed the cake. Thanks so much for letting me know–I love hearing from readers who try my recipes!

      • Jasmine — April 5th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

        :) I also will have to admit, I did make it for breakfast :) with a big cup of black coffee it was awesome! I used a cast iron pan and preheated in the oven with the butter in it to brown then didn’t cool the butter before pouring it in the rest of the mixture to mix really fast and then back in the oven and it really gave it a nice crusty caramely (spl?) texture to the 2-3 outer inches of the cake from the residue of the melted butter in the pan

  163. Jasmine — April 5, 2014 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    oops forgot I adore pretty much anything with cooked fruit! My husband loves to eat Jam with tea so we match pretty well

  164. evilneoprincess — April 5, 2014 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    I love gluten free strawberry cheesecake!

  165. Margaret Di Gennaro — April 5, 2014 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    Looks like we share the same anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our luck 7 year anniversary on March 31st :) My favorite celebration dessert is tiramisu. My husband is from Naples, Italy and I was lucky enough to live there for 5 years. I am crazy for any and all Italian pastries/desserts! If you ever want the “secret” to the world’s best tiramisu – let me know ;) I’m anxious to try this dessert since it seems similar to one of my other favorites, torta caprese, without the chocolate. And those strawberries seem divine – I’ll be making a double batch of those just because. I have subscribed to your e-mail updates and I follow you on Pinterest – Marge DiGennaro – and pinned this recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195836283771284265/

  166. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 12, 2014 @ 11:16 am (#)

    Aww. What a nice post! Happy anniversary. :) And eating the leftover cake after the wedding makes so much more sense than freezing it.

    And awesome giveaway! I love each and every one of those flours.

    As for that cake, I’d love a huge piece right about now (although it’s 6:15pm and I have only had sweets today… aaah. I should eat some chips or something, right? To balance it out? :D)

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  168. marcie@flavorthemoments — April 16, 2014 @ 9:28 am (#)

    This cake looks so incredible — I just love fruit cakes like this that you can eat for dessert or breakfast! Happy belated anniversary! :)

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  170. Rebecca — April 18, 2014 @ 11:36 am (#)

    OK, this cake: AMAZING. I have to tell you, the strawberries were out of this world. I debated over roasting them, thinking that surely the cake would be just as good with them put in fresh. Then I thought, what the heck, I’ll try it. And was disappointed that I didn’t like the taste of them by themselves. But in the cake? Holy moly. Best thing ever. So much so that I’m about to roast some more to put into some breakfast muffins. Yum yum yum.

    • Erin Clarke — April 18th, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

      Rebecca YESSSSS!!!!! I’m so so so excited that you liked this cake, and that you went for the roasted strawberries! Aren’t they magical when combined? Thanks so much for taking time to share your review here, and again, I’m so happy that you liked the recipe! Makes my day :-)

      • Rebecca — April 26th, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

        So I made this cake a second time, for a church group. They raved about it, wanted the recipe, etc. Now I’m about to make it a third time, this time for family. Definitely a big-time winner!

        • Erin Clarke — April 26th, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

          Rebecca, I’m so excited to hear that and know how many of you have enjoyed this cake. Thank you!!!

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  172. Trish - Mom On Timeout — May 8, 2014 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    Happy Anniversary Erin! This cake is just stunning! Loved seeing the wedding pic :) Pinned!

    • Erin Clarke — May 9th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

      Thank you so, so much Trish! We had a wonderful celebration.

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  175. Heather at Basilmomma — August 21, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

    What a great tradition!

    • Erin Clarke — August 21st, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

      Thanks so much! I love it when different foods become a part of celebrations.

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  177. tlmc312 — October 3, 2014 @ 11:39 pm (#)

    My top tier from my wedding cake had a tragic fate…it was left out to thaw on the counter for our first anniversary. Subsequently, this was the day we found out our dog could reach the counter top. So, he enjoyed our cake without us. I did, however, make this cake tonight, and LOVED it! This time, the dog did not indulge. Lesson learned! Thanks, Erin!

    • Erin Clarke — October 5th, 2014 @ 12:18 am

      I cannot believe that story about your top tier! Your dog lucked out that night :-) I’m so happy that you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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