Freeze Dried Strawberry Bundt is the perfect way to capture the essence of the fruit and ensure that the batter isn’t soggy.
The theme for the BundtBakers this month is strawberries and is hosted by Tammy from Living the Gourmet. From past experience, I know that baking with fresh strawberries can be a challenge due to the moisture content of the fruit. While looking at different recipes I came across quite a few that used strawberry cake mix or strawberry Jello. For me, neither of those were an option.
I’d heard of bakers using freeze dried fruits in their baked goods and decided to give them a try. Once that decision was made a little research was in order to find out how to use them. The biggest take away is that when using freeze dried fruits as a replacement for fresh fruit they will absorb any and all moisture in the batter, thus making it extremely dry unless extra liquid is added. Adding at least ¼ cup more of liquid is often needed. Plus, freeze dried berries are a bit more tart than their fresh counterparts.
Freeze Dried vs Dehydrated
Dehydrated fruits require cooking (boiling in hot water) and may need some type of seasonings. This can take up to 15 minutes or an hour or more. With freeze-dried foods, you just need to add water. Adding either hot water or cold water will get the job done depending on what you’re eating. If you want freeze-dried foods to be ready for immediate consumption it will usually be ready to eat in less than 5 minutes. Obviously much longer if you’re baking with them.
Typically, dehydrated foods are less expensive than freeze-dried. The 1.2 oz bag which is equivalent to 13 oz came from our local health-food store and was $6.99 plus tax. The brand I used is used is Nature’s All. There are also some health benefits to using freeze dried strawberries and they are as follows:
- No sugar added
- Vitamin C
- 100% organic
- Vegan, Gluten and GMO-free
It’s nice to have these fruits as an option when the fruit you want is out of season. Also, if you can’t find them where you live they are available on Amazon.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe from Allrecipes.com
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup of milk
- 1.2 oz freeze dried strawberries
- Cream Cheese Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 TBS heavy cream**
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in extracts.
- Then combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the batter alternately with sour cream.
- Fold in the freeze dried strawberries.
- Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the glaze place powdered sugar and cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
- Beat in the vanilla and add heavy cream 1 TBS at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Place cake on serving plate and then pour over warm cake with glaze.
- Cool completely and serve warm or at room temperature.
- Pour Cream Cheese Glaze over the top.
- Note: If the glaze is too thick and more heavy cream 1 TBS at a time.
You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.
And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Bundt by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Freeze Dried Strawberry Bundt with Cream Cheese Glaze by Sweet Sensations
- Jam Strawberry Bundt Cake by Bizcocheando
- Lemon Strawberry Poke Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Neapolitan Zebra Bundt Cake by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Strawberry Balsamic Bundt Cake by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Strawberry & Cream Bundt Cake by Patty’s Cakes
- Strawberry Crunch Bundt Cake by Cookaholic Wife
- Strawberry Bundt Mousse Cake by Sneha’s Recipe
- Strawberry Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache by The Queen of Scones
- Strawberries & Cream Naked Bundt Cake by Living the Gourmet
- Strawberry Key Lime Cheesecake Bundt by The Crumby Kitchen
- Strawberry Orange Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes