This past weekend my husband celebrated his 30th birthday! We were in Nashville for a wedding he was officiating and did our best to celebrate there, but we were without our girls. So today we did the official celebration with the whole family reunited. I wanted to make him a cake and this wonderful combination of almonds and strawberries popped in my head and I had everything on hand which was even better. To make it a little healthier but not compromise taste, I used white whole wheat flour, which is a great flour for baking if you want to bake with whole grains. And maple syrup replaced refined white sugar. The frosting recipe is courtesy of a Better Homes & Gardens recipe I found and it is delicious and there’s nothing healthy about it:)
2 c white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c sliced strawberries
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 c maple syrup
1 c whole milk
1/2 c sliced almonds (for garnish)
1 Strawberry (for garnish)
3 Tbs whole milk
2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch cake pan. Place mixing bowl in freezer to be used for whipping whole milk later. In another bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder together and set aside.
In separate bowl, whisk eggs and then whisk in almond extract and maple syrup.
Take mixing bowl out of freezer and pour milk in. Whip until stiff peaks are formed (about 3-4 minutes). Watch closely so you do’t get butter!
Fold whipped milk into egg mixture. Fold strawberries into flour mixture.
Fold flour mixture into egg mixture until incorporated.
Pour batter into greased cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool before frosting. Once cake is cooled run knife along perimeter of pan and flip onto cake stand or plate.
Frosting: Place butter in standing mixer and beat on high until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
Add vanilla and almond extract. Slowly incorporate powdered sugar while mixer is at low/medium speed and alternate it with whole milk until all ingredients are incorporated and frosting forms.
Frost cake and sprinkle top with sliced almonds and strawberry for garnish!