After a long cold season, (some might call it winter, but I haven't seen much snow this year), the warm weather finally arrived. We turned the heat off and leave the windows open most of the day, some of them even at night.
The warmer weather also means the strawberry patch is finally open and we can spend a great afternoon picking some fresh berries. I love this time of the year for just that reason.
Strawberries and chocolate make up one of my favorite combinations, and I couldn't pass this season by without baking some chocolate and berry deliciousness.
After last year’s Chocolate Fudge Roasted Strawberry Cookie Bars and this year's Chocolate Strawberry Roll Cake, it was time to keep things simple. A sweet moist cake with fresh berries and chocolate chips is the way to go.
This Strawberry Chocolate Bundt Cake is not like any other. I used a secret ingredient to keep the cake moist and give an extra strawberry flavor - strawberry kefir.
I love enjoying a glass of cold kefir with a warm muffin and scone, but have never thought of baking with it until I realized I was out of both milk and yogurt. How that happened, I don't know! But I love a good baking challenge, and it wasn't long until the first bundt cake came out of the oven. The taste was great, but I had a hard time taking it out of the pan in one piece (that's the thing with bundt cakes).
The second time, I made some adaptations, increased the dry versus wet ingredients ratio, and kept my fingers crossed.
Unlike the first time, it came out of the pan in one piece - score!! There was just one minor thing, and I still don't know what to do to fix it - the chocolate chips and dices berries sort of floated to the sides of the cake instead of being distributed throughout.
But even so, the cake is one of the moistest cakes I've ever made. I love the strawberry flavor you get from both the fresh berries and kefir, and the chocolate chips add a little sweetness and a chocolate-y taste.
Do you know how to solve my ingredient distribution problem? I’d love to hear your tips!
And don't forget - if you want to indulge your chocolate craving and skip the berries, you'll love my Grated Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe.