Better late than never, right? Right. Happy Belated Valentine's Day.
This simple recipe is the prettiest cake ever.
2 cups white sugar
1 small package (3 oz.) of strawberry gelatin
1 cup butter, softened
2 ¾ cup cake flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup strawberry puree (use unsweetened frozen strawberries)
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup strawberry puree
1 pound powdered sugar
Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 9 inch round cake pans with baking spray. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Combine flour and baking powder. Add the flour and milk alternately to the batter beginning with flour and ending with flour. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cook pans on a wire cooling rack for 8-10 minutes. Turn cake out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.
Icing: Using an electric mixer, cream all ingredients together until smooth.