The boy, when asked what he would like for his birthday dinner, raised his eyes to the sky and thought long and hard. In fact he thought for so long I left the room to put the coffee on. He followed me shortly to announce. “Strawberries and chicken, mummy!”
Right ok, well after a little teasing out of the details, we both agreed the chicken would be fried, and the strawberries would be in the cake. Thank god!
It is a tradition in my house for birthday meals to be full of “Crappy kids food”. I hold my nose and buy all the things which are pretty much banned from my house, sweets, crisps, white bread, you get my drift. However this young boy requested fried chicken, mac n cheese, and a strawberry cake.
Whenever things are a bit wobbly in the family, arguments, disappointment, sadness. I usually resort to my staple comfort recipes. It is amazing how a big plate of fried chicken can bring a smile to a sulky child’s face, or help an angry sibling, calm down and ask for another hot and crispy piece of chicken.
The fried chicken and mac n cheese are a no brainer for me to make. The strawberry cake however took a bit of thought. In the end I used a simple recipe for vanilla cake, and sweetened some cream with icing sugar then added the strawberry pieces, English of course.
I leave you with my vanilla cake recipe and a few photos of said feast.
Happy birthday Rufus!
Strawberry Rufus Cake
This is a simple sponge cake, super easy to make and goes perfectly with a cup of tea, or a glass of Prosecco.
- 175g (6oz) softened butter.
- 175g (6oz) caster sugar.
- 3 large eggs.
- 175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sifted.
- 1tsp baking powder.
- 1tsp vanilla extract.
- pinch of salt.
For the Filling
- Small tub of double cream
- 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
- Couple of drops of vanilla extract
- Strawberry Jam
- Tub of strawberries
Cream the sugar and butter together until light and pale. In a separate bowl sift the flour and mix in the baking powder and salt. Beat an egg into the butter sugar mixture, then gently fold in a third of the flour mixture. Repeat until you have mixed in all the flour and eggs.
Take two 8inch cake tins and line them with parchment paper. Pour in the cake mixture and put in a 180C oven for 20 mins or until the cake is lightly browned and pulling away from the edges of the tin.
Leave to cool while you whip together the cream and icing sugar and vanilla, until the cream is thick and spreadable.
When the cakes are cool take them out of their tins and spread the strawberry jam onto the top of one cake, then add a layer of cream and a layer of strawberry pieces. Place the second cake on top and add another layer of cream and strawberries.