Strawberry Sweetheart, #BundtaMonth

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Berries were picked for the May #BundtaMonth theme. The magical baker/bloggers behind this monthly event are Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora, the Cake Duchess.

A strawberry Bundt cake was a no-brainer choice. The red gems of natural sugar contain many happy memories for this Ninja Baker. As a kid, I visited my mom in the summertime in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our desserts often consisted of Cool Whip and ice cream topped with strawberries. In my 30s, I raised my glass of champagne with strawberries to celebrate the marriage of friends who met later in life. While a harp played, I also enjoyed tea, strawberries and cream at the Plaza Hotel during a vacation in New York with my sister.

The Ninja Baker's Strawberry Sweetheart Bundt Cake

Even if you don’t have lovely associations with strawberries, you won’t forget the blissful bites made from the recipe below.

Strawberry Sweetheart Bundt Cake


1 package of strawberry cake mix
1 cup of whole milk
1/3 cup oil
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
1 small carton of heavy cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
1 box of large strawberries


1.    In one bowl combine cake mix, milk, oil and egg yolks. Scrape bowl as necessary. Mix thoroughly.

2.    In a separate bowl, whip up egg whites with a pinch of salt and the cream of tartar until stiff peaks appear.

3.    Gently incorporate the whipped egg whites into the bowl with the cake mix, oil and egg yolks.

4.    Pour into a Bundt pan that has been sprayed with Pam and coated with panko breadcrumbs.

5.    Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6.    Allow the cake to cool.

7.    In a chilled bowl, beat the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla into whipped cream. Insert a star tip into a piping bag and fill with the whipped cream.

8.    Pipe the cream on top of the cake.

9.    Insert strawberry hearts in between the whipped cream star bursts. (A mini heart cookie cutter works very well on strawberries.)


Writing about sweet moments connected with strawberries makes me happy. But also saddens me when I think of the lives lost in the Boston Marathon. (The city holds a special place in my heart. Boston is right across the Charles River from Cambridge –where I visited my mother during summer vacations as a child.) I get to dance, attend more weddings, eat more strawberries and enjoy life! Eight-year-old Martin Richard along with others are no longer here. Dance instructor, Adriane Haslet survived but lost a foot. She vows she will dance again. It may be a tough road.

To honor all the sweethearts who suffered the loss of loved ones and setbacks at the last Boston Marathon, I’d like to dedicate this post. I’ve included a link to the Salvation Army here. If the spirit moves you, please contribute funds to this noble organization (or any other relief effort) which is helping to heal the aftermath of this year’s Boston Marathon.

On a lighter note, contributions of more berry Bundt delights await you below. 

We have a berrilicious theme t for #Bundt-a-Month May. 14 gorgeous cakes using berries in every form will be inspiration enough for you to bake with us this month. Here ís how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month: • Simple rule: Use your favorite berries or a combination of two and bake us a Bundt for May • Post it before May 31, 2013 • Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title could read #BundtaMonth: Cherry Bundt) • Add your entry to the Linky tool below • Link back to our announcement posts Even more Bundt fun! Follow Bundt-a-Month on Facebook where we feature all our gorgeous Bundt cakes. Or head over to our Pinterest board for inspiration and choose from hundreds of Bundt cake recipes.


Wishing you the joys of strawberries and sweethearts in your dance of life.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.




I'm so glad you shared a

I'm so glad you shared a strawberry cake. I bake one every year for Mother's Day and I like to change up the recipe each time. I'm sure the mom's of my family would very much enjoy this one. It's on my list for sure!

Growing up, fresh

Growing up, fresh strawberries and cream was the ultimate dessert to have at a restaurant. Now, I love strawberry banana smoothies. Any way you use them, they´re alwasy wonderful. Beautiful cake Kim! Though strawberry flavored cakes don´t exist here, I think it might work with vanilla or even lemon.

Yes, vanilla and lemon with

Yes, vanilla and lemon with strawberries is loverly, Paula! BTW Just saw a Japanese TV show about Buenos Aires and Tango last night. The show also featured beautiful cafés and restaurants in your neighborhood, I can only imagine how elegantly you were served your fresh strawberries and cream =)


Kim, what beautiful, happy memories you have of strawberries. . . I love it when a food or dish can help us remember or sparks an experience in our memory. . . love the cream and strawberries on the cake! yum!

Kim...what an absolutely

Kim...what an absolutely gorgeous cake and such a lovely tribute as well. I love how certain foods trigger certain memories and it sounds like you have such fond memories with strawberries. So glad you chose strawberries for this month's challenge! : )


Kim, I just love bundt cakes and have never had the opportunity to taste a fresh strawberry cake such as your pretty treat! How delicious it must have been! I bet that there aren't any left-overs! =) How can I join this group? I'd love to bake bundt cakes with a group of friends such as you? Please stop by and let me know if you can, Thanks, Roz

Love to see the beautiful

Love to see the beautiful bundt you bake up, Roz. You can scroll up on my blog to view the details of how to join Bundt-a-Month. I'll also e-mail you =)

Strawberries are so pretty,

Strawberries are so pretty, cheerful and delicious, I don't think anyone could have negative associations with them! What a beautiful post, Kim. I loved reading about all the wonderful memories you have where strawberries were featured. As for the Boston Marathon, my heart goes out to all of the victims. You've done a good thing by posting the link to the Salvation Army. Your cake looks beautiful, especially with the whipped cream and strawberries over top!

What a beautiful cake!

Isn't it funny how certain foods trigger specific memories? For me all berries remind me of time in the Channel Islands and Scotland, picking warm berries fresh off the plants. And a holiday in Tasmania with our girls, doing the same. Good times! I missed all the berry Bundts since I was traveling. Your cake is beautiful with the whipped cream and strawberries perched festively on top.

Lucky, lucky you, Stacy!

Lucky, lucky you, Stacy! Scotland - although cold - is sooo magical. I imagine the Channel Islands and Tasmania are equally enchanting.Thank you for sharing your exquisite berry picking adventures...Appreciate your kind words about the Bundt, too =)