I wanted to make a colorful filling for this cake, and went with a strawberry + rose combo. You know, for v day. You can get rose extract at Sur la Table! It *claims* to be out of stock online, but I found it in my store. It’s also a little pricey, but you seriously don’t use much of it so I think it’ll last a long time.
To be 100% honest, I’m not a huge fan of floral flavors. I like lavender (which you can also get in extract form at Sur la Table) a little better, but to me, rose kiiiiinda just tastes like perfume. But you know, maybe you’re into that. Or maybe if you hate Valentine’s Day and prefer to spend it grumpy and mopey, that might be something you don’t mind subjecting yourself too.
Idk, I’m really not a Valentine’s person. I just like cake.
And voila. Blank Space Cake. Don’t forget to stand on some horses, stab some paintings, and set your ex’s clothes on fire and throw them out the window.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1¾ cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1¼ cups milk
- 2 cups fresh chopped strawberries
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tsp rose extract
- 1¼ cup butter (2½ sticks), softened
- ½ tsp rose extract
- 1 tbsp milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tubes red decorating gel (such as Betty Crock, found at Publix)
- Dab of black food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350*F and spray to heart cake pans with cooking spray.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream butter on medium speed with an electric mixer. Add sugar and vanilla; mix until fluffy. With mixer running, add eggs one at a time, allowing eggs to mix in after each one.
- Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk. Mix until mostly combined. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk; mix until completely incorporated.
- Divide batter between the prepared pans and bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake layer comes out clean.
- Let cakes cool in pans 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
- Process strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain puree through a sieve to remove seeds if desired. Combine strawberry puree and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat and let mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, or until mixture resembles jelly, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, stir in extract, and let cool completely before using.
- Cream butter on medium speed until smooth. Add rose extract and milk. Add half of powdered sugar, mix on low speed until mostly combined, and then medium speed until completely combined. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar. Mix for 1 additional minute.
- Place one cake layer on a cake stand or cake plate. Pipe a border of frosting around the top edge of the cake. Spoon filling over cake, but inside the border. Smooth with a spoon if necessary. Place second cake layer on top and fill in the gap between the two cakes. (At this point, I put my cake in the fridge for 30 minutes. This helps me get smoother frosting, but that's just me!)
- Spread remaining frosting over the whole cake. Use a star tip to pipe designs around the bottom and top edges.
- Stir together the red decorating gel and black food coloring (to make it a darker color; the gel is super bright red). Slide your knife into the cake and pipe the gel around it. Use a toothpick to spread it out and give it more of a shape.