Friday, February 11, 2011

Pink Lady Cake

This cake has been waiting for an appearance for over 3 months. It was the cake that my daughter chose for her birthday back in November, but because it was pink (due to strawberry puree) and that makes me think of Valentine's Day, I saved it until now.

My daughter was very specific about how she wanted her cake. It ended up being a 9*13-inch cake and a 6-inch round. I wasn't going to post this recipe originally, but the cake was so delicious that I changed my mind.
The cake has almost a velvet texture and the flavor is unbelievable. The strawberry puree makes the cake so delicious and the best part is that it isn't in a artificial way.

This would be a perfect sweet to share with someone/multiple someones' for V-day. It would also be perfect to share some other time, if you already have your dessert for this coming weekend planned. All I know is this cake is delicious, pink and fun to share with a crowd. I will definitely make it again when a pink cake is in demand.

The original recipe comes from Sky High, in which the cake is called Strawberry Butter cake, but the recipe I used I found on smitten kitchen. I used a cream cheese frosting that I was familiar with and that I knew would hold up to some decorating.

Recipe for Pink Lady Cake

Cream Cheese Frosting from Martha Stewart
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time (scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally), and then vanilla; mix until smooth.

The frosting can be made up to 3 days in advance. Refrigerate until needed, then bring to room temp and beat until smooth before using.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I avoided the pink strawberry box mixes for the exact reason you mentioned, they didn't taste natural. This cake however is a whole new ballgame. I can imagine the fresh flavours from the puree and the cream cheese icing is the "icing on the cake".

Unknown said...

This cake is SO perfect for Valentine's Day!! My husband wouldn't eat it though so I'll have to wait for another occasion. My birthday is at the end of the month, that might be a good opportunity :)

Heather Bankhead said...

mare maybe i am dumb, but i can't find the recipe on those links. ayudame.

Foodiewife said...

I am so glad that you decided to post this cake, after all. It's gorgeous! I've bookmarked this recipe to make for when our local strawberries are in season-- they are so red and sweet, and I'm always looking for a new way to use them.
Your girl must have LOVED this cake, as I'd love to taste a slice myself. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Eliana said...

WOW - this cake looks super super delish. And I love that you used strawberry to color it and not the artificial stuff.