I owe my love of Moscato to my little brother. We went to visit him while he was stationed in California (he is currently in NY)a few years ago I drove along with my two kiddos and mom. It was a 24 hour long drive, filled with plenty of potty breaks, snacks and lots of caffeine. He was single at the time and wanted to have everything ready for our arrival, so he picked up king sized California burritos and 3 bottles of Moscato.
It was one of the sweetest meals I have ever devoured. Tired, happy to see him, carne asada with cheese burritos and a few glass of sweet moscato wine. Heaven I tell ya. Pure bliss to be at his table.
We stayed a week with him seeing the sites, picking fresh strawberries, buying avocados from a lady who was picking them fresh from her backyard tree and sipping wine. Every evening he treated us to a new bottle while we made dinner.
A few years later he came home for a visit and I made this cake. He loves strawberries so I decided to add a fresh topping of moscato soaked berries. He took one bite and turned to me, “does this have moscato?”
Love him. He noticed.
He was touched when he spotted that my mom had kept every bottle we enjoyed together. She washed and filled them with her oils and vinegar and placed them next to the stove. A sweet wine for a sweet memory.
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter softened
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- ¾ cups Moscato wine
- For strawberries-
- 3 cups fresh strawberries sliced
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup moscato wine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or butter.
In a bowl of an electric mixer add butter and beat until soft and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Slowly add the sugar, continue beating until butter/sugar mix is pale in color, about 5 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl.
Add flour and wine in batches. Add 1 cup of flour, mix just until combined and add ¼ cup of moscato, mix. Add the next cup of the flour, mix; then another ¼ cup of wine, mix. Add last cup of flour, mix and add final ¼ cup of wine, mix.
Bake for 50minutes to 1 hour, or until skewer comes out clean.
While cake is baking add sugar and wine to sliced berries, refrigerate until ready to serve with cake.
Sweet Life Disclosure: This a sponsored post with Mom It Forward and Gallo Family Vineyards who partnered in support of this campaign. I am being compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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