When I asked my hubby what I should make for our Valentine's Day dessert, he said "cheesecake!" I politely told him, that I don't really like cheesecake, and asked what was his 2nd choice. Without hesitation, he said "strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting!" Oh, this brings back memories. This is the cake I made for him when we were dating, and is so easy. It's a boxed strawberry cake mix and tub of cream cheese frosting...pretty easy, huh? And since I didn't have to spend any time making the cake or frosting from scratch, I might as well make the cake look pretty.
This was my attempt at decorating with the ruffle design I saw over at Leslie's The Hungry Housewife, which was the most beautiful cake I've ever seen. I used this video tutorial to learn about piping this ruffle design.
I baked the cake using two 8-inch cake pans, and then added a layer of cream cheese frosting between them. I used another tub of cream cheese frosting to decorate the sides and a tub of strawberries and cream frosting to decorate the top and cake pedestal. Practice makes perfect, and I need more practice. Next time, I will use homemade frosting, probably Leslie's swiss meringue buttercream. It looks so satiny smooth and delicious!