Karwachauth Blues with Strawberry Cake

This a post 1 week too late, I meant to write it on the 11th October but I just kept procrastinating till I could procrastinate no more. 11th October is a special day for married North Indian women out there. It is the day we celebrate “Karwachauth”, which is the day when married woman fast all day for the long life of their husband’s long without having a sip of water.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIn the evening after the Moon rises they worship their beloved and then have the first sip of water from his hands to break their fast. Well I have never been traditional have I, I have never fasted for my husband and I don’t think that my staying hungry will ever increase his life. Infact me being hungry and then grumpy all day cannot be good for his life at all. So subsequently I do not fast.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetNow 11th October is also his birthday and even though I may be a bad wife who does not starve herself for the man I am married to, I am the wife who will surely bake a cake for him to celebrate on his special day. Also this year we are apart from each other and celebrating his birthday in different countries. So there was not much I could do. I however still decided to bake a cake, I mean what is a birthday without a cake right.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAnd this Strawberry cake is that special cake without being too fancy. I mean if I was going to eat the whole cake alone I had to make sure isn’t a huge task to finish. I also added half a cup of Almond meal in the cake to make it moist. I have never had a more amazing smelling cake baking in my oven before. It was delicious and something he would have enjoyed if he was here.This Martha stewart recipe is a keeper and I would be making it very soon again.

So on the day when I should have fasted I spent it eating a Strawberry cake for him, praying for his healthy and happy life.

Here is the recipe: (Cooking time 60 minutes)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more the cake tin

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup Almond meal (optional)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved

For the Decoration (optional)

1/2 cup Cream

2 tsp Strawberry Jam

Almond flakes

Caster sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the cake tin, Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.

Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.

Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour & Almond meal mixture. Transfer batter to the cake tin. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in on a wire rack. Sprinkle the caster sugar on top of the cake and decorate with some Almond flakes.

Mix the cream and Jam together and serve it with the cake.

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