Sunday, June 24, 2012

Strawberry Fest 2012!

The Village of Long Grove does Strawberry Fest every year and I have never been! Well, that might not be true.  My mom thinks that we came once before and it was so long ago that I was being pushed around in a stroller.  Essentially, I have no memories of Strawberry Fest.  Bri, my mom and dad, and I all decided to see what it was all about. And then, I made a cake.

But first, my mom and I stopped at the mall (I am in desperate need of jean shorts) and we saw: PUPPIES! They were doing an adoption drive and we fell in love with Aiden.  Someone needs to adopt him ASAP.  My mom and I were tempted, but we decided that poor Ricky and Lucy (our cats) would not be too thrilled about a new brother.

After the mall, we drove out to Long Grove.  It was hoppin! There were tons of booths with all sorts of fun stuff such as clothing, jewelry, crafts, art, and of course, strawberry items!


Strawberry Daiquiris! 

Strawberry Donuts!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Mmm...
We purchased a ton of fresh strawberries and I have been brainstorming yummy ways to use them since.  Here is my first strawberry creation: Strawberry Yogurt Cake!

Strawberry Yogurt Cake (adapted from Live Love Pasta)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, divided
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup applesauce
3 eggs
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup non-fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups sliced strawberries (fresh from Strawberry Fest!)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease a bundt pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 cup whole wheat flour.  Whisk in the baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, applesauce, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the lemon juice. Alternate adding the flour mixture with the greek yogurt, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Mix in the milk and vanilla.
4. In a small bowl, toss the strawberries with 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, stir into the batter. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for about 60-65 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Enjoy :)

26 comments:

  1. Hi! I saw your blog on "blog of note" and thought I would stop by. Your recipes look great and I will have to try that cake! Congrats for being a blog of note!

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    1. Thank you!!! I appreciate this so much :)

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  2. Now why is there not a strawberry festival around me? :-(
    Your cake looks delicious!

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    1. This is my first time going to this strawberry fest! I can't believe I just found out about it!

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  3. Nice recipe. I just picked up a bunch of strawberries over the weekend that could be put to use. Strawberry fest looks fun! I hope someone adopts Aiden ...

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    1. Haha me too! He was so cute! And I need to go berry picking, that sounds so fun!

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  4. wow that looks fun! Thanks fo rthe recipe, it looks yummy

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  6. We have a Strawberry Festival in Florida in March (I always luck out that it's the start of Rutgers' Spring Break!) and we love going to get uber-fresh strawberries and to-die-for shortcakes. So glad you had so much fun!

    I love that cake too - especially that you worked in whole wheat flour :D

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    1. That sounds awesome! I'll have to look that up if I'm ever in Florida!

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  7. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

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  8. can't get enough of strawberries. congrats on the food buzz top 9!

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  9. Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

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  10. Oh man, all those strawberry treats look incredible! Strawberry fest sounds like an amazing time. And your cake is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a really tasty cake!

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  11. Your strawberry cake looks wonderful along with all those wonderful other stuff. You did great on your choice.

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  12. Strawberry signals love, love signals Valentine's Day. This cake would be perfect as a Valentine's Day treat. I love the way this recipe calls for whole wheat flour. Perfect share this week for Foodie Friends Friday.

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  13. I was just looking at Goggle images for mimosa pods and saw your picture on the butterfly seat. The image was small and I thought you looked like my nephew so I came to your page. Well, you aren't my nephew, but in reading I see the picture was taken in Long Grove. I used to live near there long ago and Long Grove is near the top of my list of favorite places. To make all the coincidences crazier...the original reason I noticed your picture was the butterfly seat. We have the same seats in the butterfly house in our botanical society! So, thought you might enjoy the weirdness! Drop by my blog sometime http://lynettesphotoart.blogspot.com

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