Welcome to Zahra Cooks!


First post! And how sad that it be just the recipe. However, I was super proud of this cake, the one my lovely husband named the AmeriCake, and my anything-too-sweet-averse father ate it without complaint. I musta done something right.

So here you go, internet, the first ZahraCooks recipe. The AmeriCake.

4th of July AmeriCake
adapted from Pioneer Woman

1 stick salted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Cream the sugar with the butter and add eggs. Mix well.
2. Fold in sour cream to the mixture and mix until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract.
3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt).
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until thick batter forms. Don’t worry! The cake batter will be more dense than the lovely batter than forms from the boxed cake mixes. Just scrape it all into the buttered and floured pan (I used my trusty 9″ by 13″) and even it out with a knife or spatula. I’m not fancy at all, I used a spoon.

Frosting and topping:
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar (more if you need more sugary-ness!)
One 1/2 pint package of blueberries
Two 1/2 pint packages of rasberries

*In all actuality, you could make and use any type of frosting/fruit combination.

1. Beat together cream cheese and butter with the vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. I was taking this cake over to my parent’s house that day so I opted for a less-sugary frosting. Feel free to add more than the 1 cup of sugar.
3. Start frosting and decorating!

Note: If you frost the cake with a thin layer of frosting before creating your stars and stripes masterpiece, you will have an easier time keeping the fruit in place. I learned this after most of my stubborn blueberries and raspberries rolled off the cake and brought me so close to tears.


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One Response to “Welcome to Zahra Cooks!”

  1. Saba says:

    Hi Zahraaa,

    I loveeeeee your site.!!! Its Awesome. You posted lovely pictures. I am gonna cook and use your recipes.
    Thank youuuuuuuu.


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