Recipe: Strawberry Lemon Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets Strawberry Cake

Strawberry season is here and we’ve got a recipe to put your next bushel to use. This cake is packed with sweet strawberry flavor and a tart lemony zing. The frosting is light and fluffy with fresh chopped strawberries adding texture and a tinge of pink. Make it as a sheet cake for a spring pot luck or as a tiered round cake for a special occasion. Garnish with fresh strawberries, of course!

Strawberry Lemon Cake
adapted from Southern Living

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tablespoons strawberry-flavored gelatin powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh)

for frosting
1 package (8 0z.) cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh)
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two round cake pans or a 9×13 pan with non-stick baking spray. In a mixer, beat the butter until light and creamy, then add sugar and mix on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until texture is fluffy. Add eggs and mix thoroughly before adding lemon juice and vanilla. Stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, salt and gelatin. Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk into the sugar mixture, mixing until just combined. Finally, fold in the chopped strawberries  and transfer batter to the prepared pan(s) and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

To prepare the frosting, beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl with half of the sugar (1/3 cup) until smooth. Fold in the chopped strawberries. In another mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream with the lemon juice until frothy, then add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well-combined. Spread over the cake and chill until serving.

Valentine’s Day Preview

Love is in the air and it smells like freshly baked Mrs. Fields goodies. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve put together our favorite gift ideas from our Valentine’s Day collection. Whether you need to treat your kids, your BFF, your fiancé or your spouse of 30 years, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out a few of our favorites…

Valentine’s Day Frosted Cookie Tin

Buttery rich frosted cookies in heart shapes are a decadent treat for anybody on your list, and when they arrive in a heart-shaped Mrs. Fields tin, they’ll know you sent the very best.

Love Tote

Our felt Love Tote has adorable details and handfuls of our favorite Nibblers bite-sized cookies in an assortment of our most popular flavors.

Mad for Plaid Box

Looking for a more masculine gift? Our Mad for Plaid will please any fella, especially the delicious assortment of bite-sized cookies and brownies, and our signature frosted cookies.

Photo Heart Personalized Tin

Your favorite photo uploaded right onto our Personalized Tin makes your Valentine gift for your sweetheart more than just a decadent treat, it’s a keepsake.

Big Cookie Cake

How do you show love in a big way? With a Big Cookie Cake, of course! Our famous chocolate chip cookie is baked into a heart shape and decorated with decadent frosting expressing any personalized message (up to 20 characters).

Love Puppy

It’s more than just puppy love for our Love Puppy. This ultra soft plush toy arrives with paw-fuls of our gourmet best. What better way to treat your crush?

Love Letter Box

Cookies are our love letter to the world, and our Love Letter Box is a perfect way for you to express your love to someone special. (Plus, the decorative box can collect real love letters too.)

Shop our entire Valentine’s Day collection online and this weekend only, save 20% site wide with code SITEWIDE20 at checkout. And did you know? You can shop now and have your gift delivered right on Valentine’s Day! Just select your preferred delivery date in checkout.

Valentine’s Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more organized, why not take a moment to browse our amazing Valentine gift ideas and get your gift ordered today? With Mrs. Fields, you select the delivery date, so you can order early, have it delivered exactly when you want it, and forget about it. Plus, we’ve got an early bird discount to sweeten the deal! (See below) But first, here are some of my favorite picks from our current Valentine’s Day catalog:

Sweet Heart Box

The variety in our Sweet Heart Box is unbelievable! Bite-sized cookies and brownies along with frosted cookies and our delicious new raspberry bark. This is a gift for those who like to mix it up a little!

Little Bits of Love Box

Our Little Bits of Love Box is a perfect offering for new love, true love, or even a secret admirer. It’s just the right size and full of our favorite flavors!

Love Monkey

Sweethearts tend to share pet names, but now you can share our Love Monkey with your own Love Monkey. He shows up with an armful of our favorite cookies!

Valentine’s Combo Tins

Few things make someone’s heart swell like the sight of a Mrs. Fields tin. We’ve got Valentine’s Combo Tins in a variety of sizes and contents, so that you can give your special valentine exactly what she wants!

Valentine’s Heart Big Cookie Cake

Our Big Cookie Cakes are a favorite for special occasions, but our heart-shaped Valentine Big Cookie Cake is a perfect for this special occasion. Plus, you can have your own personal message written on the cake, up to 20 characters.

“Owl” Always Love You Box

With moving wings, our “Owl” Always Love You Box is a fun and thoughtful gift, for a valentine or even for your kids. The box can become a special decoration for years to come.

You can shop all of our valentine gifts online and request your own catalog too. As mentioned, blog readers enjoy a 15% discount off their entire order by using code 14AEL at checkout. (Offer good until February 12, 2014.)

Fall Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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It’s my favorite time of year! The launch of our fall catalog each year is the beginning of our seasonal best, taking you all the way from Halloween to the holidays. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s best offerings:

Happy Harvest Box

Our Happy Harvest Box is the perfect personal package, loaded with our bite-sized cookies along with all the favorite colors and flavors of fall.

Fall Bites Box 2013

Perfect for sharing (and looking so fabulous in that shade of orange), our Fall Bites Box is one of our most popular gifts, arriving with your choice of our bite-sized best treats. Plus, this year, we have new customized tag options to make your gift even more special.

Frightfully Fabulous Box

One of my favorite things about our Halloween gifts is that they double as decorations! Our Frightfully Fabulous Box is ready to not only treat your loved ones to our bakery best, but to decorate their home too!

Haunted House Tin

Almost too cute for words, our Haunted House Tin is one of my favorite gifts because it’s brimming with freshly baked goodies (including our luscious frosted cookies), and after Halloween, it can hide your secret stash of candy! (Don’t worry, I won’t tell.)

Night Owl Pail

And no Halloween season would be complete without something for the kids. I’m so excited about our Night Owl Pail, overflowing with cookies, brownies and candy. The pail, of course, is designed for a full night of trick-or-treating with its special glow-in-the-dark design.

Night Owl Pail

Those are a few of my favorites, but there’s so much more to choose from. You can shop our entire catalog online and order a free copy for your mailbox. Plus, take advantage of our early bird offer: save $15 off an order of $100 or more with code 13TEC at checkout.

Let the fall fun begin!

Easter Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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One of the earliest signs of spring is our Easter catalog popping up in mailboxes, and friends, that time is here! An early Easter this year (March 31) means you get an even earlier sneak peek at all my favorite offerings.

Easter Bites Box 2013

Our Easter Bites Box 2013 is one of my favorite gifts for families—filled with a great variety of bite-sized cookies and brownies, plus two of our luscious frosted cookies.

Happy Hunting Tote

Hunting for Easter eggs could not be cuter for little ones than with our Happy Hunting Tote, embroidered with darling details and arriving with bite-sized cookies.

Easter Egg Box 2013

I love our Easter Egg Box with it’s jagged cracked lid  and delightful offerings inside. It’s perfect as a special gift and makes a perfect Easter decoration for years to come.

These are only a few of my favorites, but you can browse the Easter catalog online and choose your own. And if you aren’t receiving our catalog already, request your free copy now! Don’t forget to check out our entire collection of Easter and spring gifts for all the loved ones on your list. (Let’s not forget St. Patrick’s Day gifts either!)

Finally, what would a sneak peek be without an early bird discount? Save 15% off your entire order before 3/15/13. Use code 13EEA at checkout and enjoy a beautiful Easter.

Gifting Tip: Ideas for Bosses Day

Dear Mrs. Fields,

Help! Bosses Day is coming up and I’m at a loss. How do I pay tribute to my boss without seeming like a brown nosing, apple polisher? What’s an appropriate gift, how much should I spend on it, and what’s the best way to give it?

Sincerely,
Perplexed in Portland

Dear Perplexed in Portland,

You are not alone. Many people find the issue of Bosses Day uncomfortably perplexing for exactly the reasons you expressed. However, I have a few ideas that I think will help you in selecting a perfect gift:

1. Remember that gifting is about relationships, not price tags. An appropriate gift for your boss is one that you can afford, is thoughtfully selected, and could be opened in front of anyone without a worry. Avoid anything over-the-top in price or taste. Your gift should provoke a sincere, “Thank you!” and not an uncomfortable, “You shouldn’t have.” I’ve found that a tin of gourmet cookies is always a perfect gift—appropriate, thoughtful, and always appreciated. But, of course, I’m biased.

2. If office politics seem especially tricky—and sometimes they are—consider coordinating a group gift with your co-workers, which builds a sense of camaraderie rather than one-upsmanship. (Some of my favorite group gift ideas can be found here.) You could also coordinate a potluck luncheon, or an after-hours dinner or cocktail hour to treat your boss and include everyone else.

3. Remember that a gift without a card seems more like an obligation, so don’t forget to take time to write a thoughtful note. Keep in mind that bosses are usually the first to get a complaint and the last to get a compliment, so take a moment to let your boss know what you truly appreciate about him or her. All of our gourmet gifts include a free gift enclosure you can personalize with your own message. We also have an assortment of wonderful greeting cards for a small additional charge.

Good luck and happy gifting!
Love,

Mrs. Fields

Don’t forget! Bosses Day is Monday, October 17th. We’re offering a special discount—20% off all items—to our wonderful blog readers. Simply  use code 11TEG at checkout. Offer good through 10/18/11.

Easter Catalog Preview

The new Easter catalog is hitting mailboxes this week, which means the big day is just around the corner. It’s absolutely brimming with beautiful, delicious gifts to share with your friends and family. I hate to play favorites, because I love them all, but here are a few gifts I can’t help but gush over.

Charming Chick Crate

Carousel Bunny Box

Bunny Nibblers Jar

Shop the entire collection now and enjoy a 15% discount using code 11ECB at checkout! (Discount code is good through April 8th.) Look for your catalog in the mailbox this week, or request one here. Happy hunting!

Pssst! Secret Sale for Blog Readers!

You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and yet you still have a few hard-to-buy-for people that have got you stumped this year. I’ve got just the thing(s) you need to spread your merriment and get those last items crossed off your list. And lucky for you, you’re just in time to take advantage of a great sale especially for our blog readers! You’ll save 15% off these delectable gifts at MrsFields.com, simply by using code 1YEY at checkout. If you shop now, the gifts are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.

Let’s take a look at your list, shall we?

Ah, Aunt Marge. Yes, that’s a tough one. She  is so picky and literally has everything. Well, everything but this beautiful tin full of gourmet cookies.

Winter Flurry Tin

Winter Flurry Tin

Next on your list, the gang at the office. It’s so hard to find something for everyone. Unless, of course, you treat them to cookies. Everybody loves cookies and everybody will love you. (I see a raise in your future.)

Snowman Family Tin

Snowman Family Tin

Finally, the most intimidating, dreaded giftees on your list—your in-laws. Whether they’re a household of two, six, or sixteen (if you count all the cousins), our gift baskets are second to none. They arrive ready to serve, and prepared to WOW! And the sturdy basket can be used again and again as a reminder of your thoughtfulness.

Holiday Delectable Bites Basket

Holiday Delectable Bites Basket

Bite-Sized Sampler Basket

Bite-Sized Sampler Basket

Snackers Satisfaction

Snacker's Satisfaction

Not to get all Cinderella on you, but you need to know that this sale is for a limited time only. After 48 hours the coupon code turns into a pumpkin, so don’t delay.

And one more thing—Happy Holidays, blog readers! You are simply the best!

Giveaway: Share Your Funniest Sledding Stories

Ultimate Nordic Snowman

Ultimate Nordic Snowman

What is it about a fresh snowfall that makes us want to bundle up, grab a thin piece of plastic, and hurl ourselves down the largest hill we can find?

Today I’m looking for your favorite funny sledding stories in exchange for an unbelievable prize, valued at over $175. Tell me about the time Uncle Bob slid down the hill, across the street, and straight into the neighbor’s front door. Or the time you and your college roommates decided to see if you could fit four people on a sled and learned the hard way that you can’t. Or, maybe the time your kids thought it would be funny to send the family dog down the hill on a sled wearing only a bike helmet and a look of betrayal.

The prize we’re giving away is our 26-inch tall Ultimate Nordic Snowman, absolutely chock full of our amazing cookies, brownies, popcorn, nuts, candy, and hot cocoa—the perfect refreshments after a day out in the snow. It also makes a fabulous and formidable holiday decoration for years to come.

Let the stories roll in! (Or, slide in, as the case may be.)

Comments accepted until midnight, December 13, 2010. One entry per person, please. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email.

Last Minute Father's Day Savings

Tackle Box & Treats

Tackle Box & Treats

Thanks to everyone who entered our Father’s Day Giveaway! A winner has been randomly chosen and notified.

If you didn’t win the giveaway, we still have something special for you, our dear blog readers! Save 15% off any Father’s Day gift at MrsFields.com using code 10KEF at checkout.

Shop the entire Father’s Day collection, and then come back Wednesday for a complete Father’s Day BBQ menu and recipes. Get your grills and your taste buds ready!

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