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A very pink birthday/ part 1 – The Strawberry Cake

6 de October de 2009

bolo morango

So weird – It’s been already two years since I brought home that beautiful, tiny baby in my arms, with no clue how my life would be as a mom.

It was like that, in a blink of an eye, that she turned into this funny little girl who loves pink and her ballerina dress, twirling and laughing til falling down.

For her first birthday someone gave her a cake play set, with a pink birthday cake, plastic strawberries and fake candles – it became her favorite toy, and she spent the whole year throwing parties and singing “Happy Birthday” to her dolls.

Of course I could make no other than a pink cake for her second birthday, a replica of her toy. Couldn’t have chosen better: you should have seen her face looking at the cake that came true…

Helena’s Birthday Cake

For the Yellow Cake

  • 150g/ 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°. Butter two 20cm/ 9-inch round pans with butter, and dust with flour.

In a large bowl, sift together the cornstarch, flour and baking powder. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the yolks, one by one, and the vanilla, and beat well after each addition.

Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. Finish with the flour. Beat until smooth. Add the egg whites and fold in the batter gently.

Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the cakes comes out clean. Let cool over a wire rack completely to unmold.

Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream (adapted from here)

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 200g/ 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup strawberry jam, pureéd in a food processor
  • pink food coloring (optional)
  • Place sugar and egg whites in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes (if you have a candy thermometer, it should mark 71°C/ 160°F).

    In a stand mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.

    Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don’t worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating.

    Switch to the paddle attachment, and beat in the jam and the food coloring until smooth. If using buttercream within several hours, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature in a cool environment. Or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, bring buttercream to room temperature, and beat on the lowest speed with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 5 minutes.


  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 240ml/ 1 cup very cold heavy cream

Reserve some strawberries for decoration. Cut the rest of the in half and toss in a bowl with 1/2 cup sugar. Let stand for 30-40 minutes to release juices.

Meanwhile, beat the cream with the remaining 2 tbsp sugar until soft peaks form.


Level the cakes, cutting off any round tops. In the serving plate, place one of them and brush the strawberry juices. Arrange the sweetened strawberries over the cake, and cover with the whipped cream.

Place the other cake over the cream, frost with the buttercream and decorate with the whole strawberries.

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Next post… A very pink birthday/ part 2: Hello Kitty Mission

28 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 de October de 2009 15:12

    Oh my gosh how incredibly fun! What a great mommy you are! 🙂

  2. 6 de October de 2009 15:15

    so adorable! what a cute idea — and i love the little pink fork!

  3. 6 de October de 2009 15:24

    Precious! And the cake looks sooo yummy!

  4. 6 de October de 2009 16:31

    What a deliciously beautiful cake. Happy Birthday to your little one.

  5. 6 de October de 2009 17:52

    This looks delicious!

  6. 6 de October de 2009 19:22

    Love the idea that you replicated her favorite toy, looks super cute and I bet it’s delicious.
    Happy Birthday 🙂

  7. 6 de October de 2009 20:50

    Beautiful! I’m sure your daughter was very happy to see real version of her toy cake :))))

  8. Manuela permalink
    6 de October de 2009 21:22

    DELICIOUS! I’ll do this or my family!

  9. 6 de October de 2009 21:36

    What a lovely cake! I love how the real cake is a replica of the toy. Art imitates life! 🙂

  10. 6 de October de 2009 22:01

    That is the SWEETEST cake I’ve ever seen – I can tell your little princess was ecstatic! Love it…

  11. 6 de October de 2009 22:05

    Look at that yummy pink cake…and those sweet little feet!!! 🙂 They grow up so fast!

    Happy Birthday to your little one!

  12. 6 de October de 2009 23:29

    what a lovely mom you are. she must have been thrilled.

  13. 6 de October de 2009 23:41

    Tutus and pink cake..Be still my heart~
    I love my darling alphabet boys..and their cars and hockey sticks and jeans and Spiderman twinkle sneakers:) Tutus though… remind me of my girls~

    Darling post!

  14. 7 de October de 2009 11:03

    That is an absolutely beautiful cake! It looks delicious. I made a birthday cake last night and my yellow cake came out so crumbly. I wish I had seen your recipe first! I would love to try this. Love the filling too.

  15. 7 de October de 2009 13:14

    That cake looks delicious, I love the pink theme!

  16. 7 de October de 2009 23:27

    The cake is absolutely gorgeous and so is your daughter!! Happy Birthday Sweetie!

  17. 8 de October de 2009 10:12

    Just wow.

  18. 8 de October de 2009 23:36

    Wow!! How awesome of you to create a replica of her toy cake 🙂 I’m sure she loved it! Children do grow up to fast don’t they? BTW…everytime I visit your blog, I get very hungry as well! 🙂

  19. 10 de October de 2009 9:46

    oh … that’s every girl’s dream cake ^^!! so lovely!! XOXO

  20. 11 de October de 2009 7:48

    heck, i think this is the perfect cake for girls of any age. great birthday surprise–it’s beautiful (as is the baby gal!). 🙂

  21. 11 de October de 2009 14:45

    Happy Birthday to your little dolr. A precious cake for a sweet poppet! Lovely!

  22. Robyn permalink
    11 de October de 2009 22:46

    I just made your cake and it was delicious!!!! One question – how much milk? It doesn’t say in the ingredients list (I added about 1 cup. I’ll definately be making this again – thanks for sharing.

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      12 de October de 2009 1:45

      Robyn, thanks for warning about the milk, my mistake! You guessed right, it is 1 cup. Glad you liked the cake! 🙂

  23. 14 de October de 2009 16:53

    Gah I’m late! Happy Birthday to Helena! I hope you have some pictures of the party. =) That cake looks so fluffy and delicious and how cute are Helena’s little feeties in those shoes. I still have a tutu and ballet points from when I was 7. I wonder if my baby girl will be all into it as well.

  24. Maxine permalink
    28 de October de 2009 6:41

    Aww, she’s so adorable!

    i can’t wait to make this cake! It looks soooo delicious!

  25. 28 de October de 2009 19:19

    Amazing: both the idea and the cake! Happy Birthday to your little princess! 🙂

  26. 25 de March de 2010 16:05

    I am totally going to use this recipe for my little girl’s ballerina party this Saturday!
    Thank you so much for posting this! I have yet to find a cake recipe I liked, and this looks delish!


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