Messenger Cakes for Two

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I have been dreaming of making this little cake for weeks. I thought it up, but have not had time to create it. I thought about the flavor, the look,  and the theme. I stayed up late last night, got up early today, and did it!

Every time I attend a birthday party, I cringe when they offer me cake. I just can’t do it. The food coloring, the cheap ingredients…..Not only does it not taste very good, there is nothing beneficial in the ingredients. I wanted to create something aesthetically appealing, delicious, and add some fun. The “Messenger Cake for Two” is made from all natural, real ingredients. Seasonal strawberries (anti-oxidants & vitamin C) , and the icing is warmly colored a rich yellow with my favorite spice, Turmeric. A fabulous spice that is used throughout the world ( a favorite of my Indian Mother-in-Law.)  Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc.  Also, with the cute little “messages” it adds an element of fun! Fresh flowers make the cake beautiful!

I am going to fool around with this some more. I can create a variety of colors and flavors naturally. I also think the “messages” can be used for marriage proposals, birthdays, love, hope, new babies, etc. Lots of “messages” can be passed on these petite little cakes.

Cake
Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon peel
Approximately 2 cups of fresh, chopped strawberries.

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Directions:

1 Cream together the cream cheese, butter and sugar.
2 Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
3 Add the flour, one-cup at a time, beating well after each cup.
4 Add vanilla and lemon ; beat well.
5 Fold in the strawberries.
6 Pour the batter into  4 greased and floured, 1 quart, Pyrex bowls. (will make a total of 4. Fill bowl up leaving about an inch from top)
7 Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes, Test the cake, and bake a little longer if needed.

Frosting:
Ingredients
1 package of 8 oz cream cheese ( use high quality)
1 cup of butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of lemon peel
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tsp of turmeric
16 oz bag Powdered sugar
Directions:
Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla, lemon peel, lemon juice, turmeric. Slowly add sugar. Beat until blended and fluffy.

Candied flowers.

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2 packages of gelatin
2 cups of warm water
fine sugar to sprinkle flowers

Use fresh flowers. These roses came from my yard this morning. NOT ALL FLOWERS ARE EDIBLE!  Remove flowers before consuming or refer to this list.

http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm

Dip flower into gelatin/water mixture. Shake excess. Set on baking sheet. Sprinkle with dusting of fine sugar. Let set for 30 minutes.

Press into cake for decoration.

Message:

Here is the topper I used.

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I am sure it will be a popular one. “Love” is a popular theme! You can download this one or just use it as an example. There are lots of  messages you can send through cake… Enjoy!

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Lindee Katdare 2013

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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