Mother’s Day was this past weekend. I had my annual event of cooking for all the moms in my and my husband’s families. It also happens to be strawberry season. I take full advantage of the season and make lots of treats with the fresh fruit. I go (or I send my husband) to the strawberry farms to pick up a couple of buckets filled with just-picked strawberries. This year my husband went and came home with crates instead of buckets. It was strawberry central here.
Something always seems to happen right before the event. It causes me to go back to the store to get more supplies. Last year was because of the cake. Actually, it was because of my dog, Tiger. I had baked the cake and set it out on the counter to cool. I also set out the cream cheese and butter to soften for making the frosting. I went outside for a few minutes and came back inside to find this:
Some little Tiger hound had helped himself to the cake. He ate the butter (notice there is none in the photo). If you look close you can see teeth marks in the cream cheese. The photo is not the best but it is all I have. I cleaned up the mess and went back to the store to get ingredients for another cake.
This year it was cucumbers. Then cutlery. I went to the store on Mother’s Day morning to get fresh bread, lettuce, and a couple more things. I came home and started chopping veggies for the veggie tray. The cucumbers I had purchased were bad and soggy in the middle. I had to go back to the store to get more. Later I pulled out the package of plastic cutlery (not fancy here) and realized there were no knives. Yep, off to the store for the third time. It is a good thing Publix is across the street from my neighborhood.
Strawberry cake was one of the dessert treats. I wanted to make something different than the ones I had made before. I saw a pin on Pinterest that inspired my creation. The pin lead me to this recipe on Perry’s Plate blog which I used as the basis for the layering. I used the Elegant White Cake recipe from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook because I wanted white cake layers (recipe slightly adapted because my nephew is allergic to nuts and I had to leave out the almond extract). The frosting is adapted from one by Paula Deen on the Food Network website.
What did you do for Mother’s Day? Do you have an annual event or tradition? I am glad I can treat the moms of my family with cooking for them. Having all of us together is such a special and wonderful occasion.