Preserve Cake

This was my birthday cake 🙂

It’s called Strawberry Preserve Cake, made with well strawberry preserves. Yes, strawberries are awesome, but I LOVE Raspberries, so I changed it to be all mine, mine mine. Yeah I’m being selfish 🙂 Sue me!

2 1⁄2 cups cake flour
1 1⁄4 teaspoons baking powder
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
3⁄4 cup butter, softened
1 1⁄2 cups sugar (I subbed with more preserve & some apple sauce)
3⁄4 cup strawberry preserves ( used raspberry & added more just because I can, haha) Use it as you feel best, I used a tad more than a full cup while I cut some sugar out at the same time.
4 large eggs
3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup buttermilk
1 recipe Strawberry Cream-Cheese Icing
Food coloring ( I don’t ever use any)

Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottoms of 2 (9-inch) cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat each pan with baking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer for approximately 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add preserves and then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl and add vanilla extract and enough food coloring to achieve desired color. ( I do not add any coloring, I just used more preserve)

Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, alternately with buttermilk, ending with flour mixture. Divide batter equally between prepared pans and spread evenly.

Bake on the middle rack of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Icing-
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter
1/4 cup preserves
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioners sugar
pinch of salt

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add preserves and vanilla , and beat until well combined. Add in sugar and salt beating until smooth.

Spread Strawberry Cream-Cheese Icing between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.

I cut up raspberries & put them in the center, along with blending up more to put into the frosting (omg the frosting!!!!!!!) Enjoy this one, really good!