I Like Cake and Summer and Strawberries

So, here it is July already and, I don’t know about you, but I feel like the summer is flying by. Living in Minnesota, I tend to think about that a lot since the season doesn’t last too long. Do I mind that it currently feels like I’m living in a furnace and I’m going to melt? Noooo, for me, it’s all good.

Except for mosquitoes, I pretty much love everything that summer brings…the smell of fresh cut grass, warm breezes, flip-flops, buzzing bees, flowers and fruit. Ahhh, it’s all so wonderful!
I bought something last week that always makes me think of summer…strawberries. Some on plants…some in packages. I like strawberries. And since I also like cake, I made a cake with strawberries.

There’s someone else in our family who also really likes cake…or any kind of sweet for that matter. Let me give you a hint…she’s little, cute, and very mischievous. Yep, that would be my daughter. I have to tell you, she was sooo excited to eat this particular cake. I think the little strawberries and piles of whipped cream were calling her name.
When I went outside to take my photos, she asked me if I was going to do it down by the road so everyone could see my cake creation 🙂 Ummm, that would be a…no. Then, when I was finished and came back in the house, she had plates already set at the table and was yelling, “Take your places everyone!” It was quite the event apparently.

I’m thinking that I might make that cake again tomorrow for Fourth of July…maybe with blueberries too. It would be the perfect festive color combination. I know one or two people who would be happy about it 🙂
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  • Ms. Redo

    Stunning photos! I think that cake is calling my name, too, looks delicious. Hope your family has a wonderful 4th. Hugs ~ Mary

    July 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • gilda

    Adoro queste foto con le fragoline….^____^
    Un bacio

    July 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • mariaidabenussi

    meravigliose le fragoline e il dolce così goloso … *__*

    July 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm Reply
  • tinajo

    Love the pics, such a summery feeling to them!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    I could gaze out your pictures all day. This setting is so pretty and represents the lazy days of summer so well.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Love the cake, love the strawberries, love the photography! Great post, Tricia!

    Happy 4th of July!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Who doesn't love strawberries? And you are absolutely right, time's flying by super fast. Wonderful great pictures (like always). Have a great summer, Carolina

    July 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Danny

    Wundervolle Bilder.

    liebe Grüße von Danny

    July 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Alice

    Beautiful photos, as usual. So sweet how your girl reacts to your photo shoots, and strawberries. Have a wonderful holiday!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm Reply
  • Laurel's Quill

    Tricia, strawberries have to be the essence of summer and you have captured these little plants beautifully. We have a patch just up the street and you have to take advantage of them while they last. I hate the guys that go to Costco and buy flats of berries then try to sell them on the street corners like they grew them themselves!!Have a joyous Fourth!!

    July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • KLo

    What a beautiful post 🙂

    I am not a big fan of summer … the heat makes me very grouchy. This reminded me of the small treasures I can find (and share) if I keep my mind open.

    Thank you 🙂

    July 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Tulla and Catie

    Just this morning I told my friend that there are some special things which truly mean summer for me, e.g. the smell of freshly mowed grass, fruits and the humming of bees in my roses! I love summer and I love the kind of your taking photos!
    ♥ Barbara

    July 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Brandi

    I could do without mosquitoes too! Your photos are always so beautiful. I look forward to your posts.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Diário emigrante by D.S

    I love your blog, your photos and post.

    Just today, I understand that you live in minnesota , and it is curious because I'm a portuguese girl living in MN (and i have my blog about live in MN and photography).

    Have a nice holiday 😀



    July 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Barb

    All so beautiful! but that cake – oh my – how gorgeous and delicious looking!

    July 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Considerations Blog

    Amazing looking cake… so simple and beautiful! Just like the rest of your pictures 🙂 Happy July 4th!

    July 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    i love al of that too

    July 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • Sylvia

    Simply wonderful post, Tricia! Your perfect pictures spell Summer with capital letters …Like the attitude of your delightful daughter 🙂 Glad that you are relishing the simple summer pleasures !

    July 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    Another fabulous food scene! Amazing photos….wonderful narrative….beautiful colors.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Amy Kinser

    Your cake looks deliciously beautiful! Is it just a simple cake? Do tell me what kind. And, is it just whipped cream like Cool Whip or something you made homemade? We love strawberry anything around here and I have loads of blueberries in my freezer that I just put up. Let me know how you made it, if you don't mind. Thanks!!

    July 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • Pam

    You make the prettiest food. Your cake is gorgeous! You also find the greatest fabric pieces. Have a wonderful holiday and try to stay cool (or warm if that is what you really like).

    July 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • Kia

    Love your delicious-looking cake and love your strawberries (my fav fruit ever). YUM! Your food-photos are always stunning!
    Have a very happy 4th of July.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • lulusfolie

    You posts always make me very happy! Thank you again for a fun one!!

    July 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    Lovely summary pictures. I LOVE strawberries too and that cake looks absolutely delicious. I can understand your wee girl wanting to eat it :))
    Have a great 4th July 🙂

    July 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm Reply
  • janice15

    Your photos are lovely…..nice and refreshing…enjoy your day…with love Janice…o by the way there is a cake on my blog for the 4th…I haven't made it yet..but I thought it looked great w/recipe…check it out…@spoonwither.blogspot.com. with love Janice

    July 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    All your images are just so refreshing. The strawberries look yummy, along with that beautiful little cake. Happy Summertime!!

    July 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    Wow that cake…. beautiful! Happy holiday to you anda family.

    Hope you can visit the blog, I'm having a giveaway.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Just fabulous photos! Yummy strawberries you have captured them so well! They just scream summer!

    July 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    Yummy and beautiful too! So, where'd you get the cool round wire rack???

    July 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm Reply
    • Tricia

      It's actually a new piece. I got it at the Round Barn…a store near me.

      July 4, 2012 at 2:38 am Reply
  • Ash

    Splendid photography! Lovely food and summer settings. Keeps me drooling looking at your cake and the fresh strawberries. Can't wait to see your combo of blueberry + strawberry cake!!

    July 4, 2012 at 12:20 am Reply
  • Cozy Little House

    You take such phenomenal photos! I have strawberries and blueberries most every morning with cereal.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:29 am Reply
  • kelly

    Yummy. The cake looks really nice. I always love the photos.


    July 4, 2012 at 1:34 am Reply
  • michele

    gorgeous photos and styling!

    smiles and happy 4th, beautiful blogger.


    July 4, 2012 at 1:37 am Reply
  • Anonymous

    Do you share recipes??? Beautiful pictures! Elaine

    July 4, 2012 at 1:54 am Reply
    • Tricia

      I need to tweak the recipe just a tiny bit more before I put it up. Next time I'll make it with blueberries and then I'll post about it 🙂

      July 4, 2012 at 2:37 am Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    That cake looks scrumptious! All the photos are so light and airy. Love visiting your blog. Hope you have a happy and safe 4th!

    July 4, 2012 at 2:01 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet Tricia, i love Strawberries!! These photos are soo gorgeous and that cake is yummieee! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

    July 4, 2012 at 2:19 am Reply
  • hootnonny

    Nothing says summer like strawberries! The cake look delicious!
    I always heard that summer was only one weekend in Minnesota!

    July 4, 2012 at 3:31 am Reply
  • A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    Beautiful pictures and a gorgeous cake! I can see why your daughter was very proud of it and couldn't wait to eat it! And I had to laugh about what you said about summer going by too fast…we live in a place where summers are short and winters are too long! You'll never catch me complaining about summer heat either!
    Anyway, Happy July 4th to you!

    July 4, 2012 at 4:15 am Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    My does that cake look good! No one ever made strawberries look better!

    July 4, 2012 at 4:34 am Reply
  • LandHausLeben

    So wonderful photos!! Best wishes! Carmen

    July 4, 2012 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Maison Beldecor

    I do love strawberries and of course your wonderful photos, so I can understand your cute daughter 😉 so good…
    sunny greetings, Bine

    July 4, 2012 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Blooming Rose Musings

    I'm with your daughter…bring on the strawberry cake! Your photos are beautiful and the cake looks delicious. I adore strawberries and your beautiful photos speak of delightful summer days of warmth and relaxation.
    I have had lots of guests and been away a bit so I have taken a little blogging break. It's so nice to be slowly catching up now. I hope to post again next week if I don't have guests.
    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Fourth of July…and more strawberry cake! XO

    July 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Blueberry

    Oh, I'm in love with the first picture!:)
    It's so summerly…

    July 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    OH Tricia, these are the MOST beautiful photos….I just want to frame them in my house! You are REALLY a talented photographer! This post is all about summer! Thanks for your sweet comment about my porch pillows! I hope you have a wonderful fourth with your family!

    July 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • IMPRESSION "ein lebensgefühl-emotion of life

    wow… so astounding picture!!!
    Hugs and love,

    July 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    Could you send me a piece via USPS, Tricia…..? hehehe! It looks sooooo good! My fav dessert! Hope you had a fabulous 4th, sweetie!

    xoxo laurie

    July 5, 2012 at 2:58 am Reply
  • June

    Your post has got me salivating all over the place Tricia! Beautiful photos always. So funny that you and I both did a post about how fast Summer is going and why we love it so much the same day.
    Enjoy what's left of our Summers!
    Hugs from here…

    July 5, 2012 at 3:09 am Reply
  • Donna

    Oh Wow!!! The photos are SO Enticing!!! Now I WANT CAKE!!!Hahaaaa

    July 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm Reply
  • Lisa Gordon

    The strawberries and piles of whipped cream are calling my name too!! 🙂
    My goodness, this looks yummy Tricia, and your photographs are just gorgeous.
    I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    Your photos are just yummy! I think we really do make the most of every minute of our short and sweet Minnesota summers. Even though our favorite pastime is complaining about the weather, dontcha know?!

    July 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Sandi

    Your photos are always amazing!! Gorgeous and makes me want to eat strawberries!! 🙂

    July 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • trishie

    Your photos are just beautiful! I want a slice of that cake right now please.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Linda R

    What a yummy post.. And your photos are so gorgeous. Summers are fun. We just escaped the heat of Las Vegas to visit my daughter in Oregon. Nice and green here. I am loving it.. I do hope you enjoy the weekend.


    July 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm Reply
  • Lara

    That cake! Oooh that cake is just layers of strawberry dreamyness. Well, it is scorchin crazy heat index here, but we are supposed to get down to 82 on Sunday – bring that cool weather on. I thought about fall for a few minutes today – crazy, huh. And I loathe the mosquitos – they love me.. and always go for my ankles, so I spray extra there. Great outdoor shots ~ beautiful scene/mood! xo

    July 7, 2012 at 12:21 am Reply
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    July 7, 2012 at 10:34 am Reply
  • Kristi R Artisan Jewelry

    Oh yum…it's almost too pretty to eat!…almost…

    I like your title too: I like cake…
    Don't we all.

    July 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • _rheingruen

    This is a dreamcake – strawberries forever. I love your photos!

    July 8, 2012 at 3:21 am Reply
  • Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    you have captured summer perfectly here…utterly charming and sweet!
    hope you are having a good weekend, Tricia!!

    July 8, 2012 at 5:03 am Reply
  • Bumpkin Bears

    I am thrilled to find your blog, that cake is amazing. Catherine x

    July 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Käranån

    Beautiful photos, I love your blog…

    July 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Val

    I like your photos like no other. Amazing. Happy Summer.

    July 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • Angela

    Such gorgeous photos!!!

    July 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    Well, I guess your daughter was pretty stoked about that cake! How cute. I love your vignettes of summer. They encapsulate everything I love about the season too.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

    July 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm Reply
  • Cristina

    Che belle foto! delicate. Un piccolo sogno nella semplicità della natura.
    Ciao e buona giornata! Cri : )

    July 10, 2012 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Pieces of Sunshine

    Wonderful photos. Strawberries and summer go together so well.

    July 11, 2012 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Keeping it Cozy

    Oh, that cake looks delicious! One of my favorite cakes to make and eat is a strawberry shortcake cake… it looks a little like yours but yours is much prettier! 🙂 As always, your photos are just beautiful. Unfortunately with the heat we had just a small strawberry season this year, but they are one of my favorite things about summer. Hope you're having a great week!

    July 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • federica

    Lovely colours 🙂 F.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    Ohhh so beautiful. I love the dainty strawberries here. Oh yes, I was reading Artful Blogger (May/June) and saw your blog header in there! Congrats!

    July 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm Reply
  • Meike

    Lovely pictures!


    July 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    Everything was about
    a month early this year,
    so I missed strawberry
    picking : ( Your pics are
    so lovely, Tricia, and I
    hope your summer has
    been just as beautiful!

    Happy Tuesday,
    xo Suzanne

    July 17, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Burlap Luxe

    Wonderful photos, I just booght strawberries last night nothing like summer and berries to remind us of summer 🙂
    I also have family in Minnesota and when I was a kid it was a great family vacation to visit during the summer, swim the lakes and take in what California does not offer.

    Have an inspiring week to come.


    July 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    Gorgeous and yummy…all in one!
    I giggled thinking of your daughter so excited to eat your creation!
    Love your summery photos …they are always delicious Tricia!

    Deborah xoxo

    July 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

    Tricia, I just love your beautiful photos. That cake and strawberries and cream look sooo yummy! I might have to make some this weekend.


    July 19, 2012 at 4:16 am Reply
  • molly

    I´m loving this!
    Lovely hugs

    July 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm Reply
  • Juliana

    OMG! What a delicious post! Amazing!
    Have a great Sunday!

    xoxo, Juliana

    July 29, 2012 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Dianna

    I am holding back tears as I gaze at your photos and remember my youth.
    My mom and I would pick fruits and flowers in the yard, play with the cats, sit under the trees, drink cold drinks in the summer on the porch, bake things in the kitchen…

    The old house is sold and gone now. Mom is gone, too. I wish she were still here. I would have loved to have shown her your wonderful cozy pics that bring back a happier simpler time.

    Thank you for this blog. I will bookmark it and visit again…and again…and again…

    August 30, 2012 at 3:17 am Reply
  • Ulla

    what a wonderfull Blog you have!!!!!

    May 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Kelly Kardos

    Hi Tricia…These photos are just yummy and eye popping. I bet the naked cake was good and refreshing going down!

    October 12, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply
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