My sweet Abby turned seven a few weeks ago, and we finally got around to having her birthday party this last weekend (yes, we're terrible parents). We had a nice brunch with my family and it was fun to celebrate our cute (and growing way too fast!) seven year old. I wanted to make an extra special cake for her, and we decided together that a rose cake would be perfect for her party. Abby is a super girly girl, and loves pink and purple and wants everything to be beautiful. I had originally thought I would just make a vanilla cake with vanilla icing and tint it pink, but when I bought some gorgeous strawberries at Costco for the brunch, I realized they would be perfect in the cake too!
My favorite cake recipe was super easy to adapt using fresh strawberries, and I used my new favorite fresh strawberry buttercream for the frosting. The roses were surprisingly easy to do. Mine are actually quite imperfect, but somehow having them all together hides the imperfections and makes the top of the cake beautiful. (There's an excellent tutorial here from I am baker, one of my favorite sources for delicious treats and gorgeous photos.) I had originally planned to do roses all over the cake, but I ran out of frosting and was too lazy to mix up another batch. I think they're still pretty just on the top of the cake, though. Abby was delighted with her cake, and it tasted as good as it looked!
Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream
for the cake:
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, cold, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup strawberry puree (from about 1 1/2 cups strawberries)
2 teaspoons vanilla
for the frosting:
2 sticks butter, softened
pinch of salt
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons strawberry puree (from about 1/2 cup strawberries)
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour two 8 inch cake pans. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat in the eggs one at a time. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, strawberry puree, and vanilla. Add half of the milk mixture to the flour mixture, and mix to combine. Add the other half of the milk mixture and mix until smooth. Divide between the prepared pans and bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting. To make the frosting, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla, and mix to combine. Add the strawberry puree and beat until light and fluffy. Frost cake as desired.
adapted from these cupcakes
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