strawberry sweetheart cake

While I was home on vacation I made a birthday cake for my best friends adorable little niece. When we asked her what kind of cake she would like for her fourth birthday she was firm in stating, "strawberry." So, a strawberry cake is what I made for her and I must say that I love the way that it turned out. The cake itself was quite sweet, I used a whipped frosting recipe from sweetapolita's page to sort of mellow balance out the sweetness of the cake. I always love this whipped frosting recipe because the texture is superb and the taste is rich.
I got a few questions about what the "stick" was in the middle of the cake...that would be a candle. I love tall sparkler candles, they just make everything so much more dramatic and fun.

Strawberry Birthday Cake
Recipe from here

2 cups white sugar
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs (room temperature)
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry puree made from frozen sweetened strawberries

1.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3, 8 inch cake pans.
2.     In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar, and dry strawberry gelatin until it is light and fluffy, I normally do for about 10 minutes.
3.     Beat in the eggs one at a time on low speed at first, then increasing to medium until each is fully incorporated.
4.     Sift together the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Combine the milk and vanilla in a small bowl.
5.     Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the milk. Do so in three additions, beginning and ending with flour.
6.     Blend in the strawberry puree.
7.     Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans.
8.     Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
9.     Allow the cakes to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing them from their pans.

Whipped Buttercream Frosting
 Recipe from here

3 sticks and 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1.     Whip the butter on medium speed with an electric mixer for 8 minutes.
2.     Add remaining ingredients until incorporated on low speed. Increase speed to medium and whip for another 6 minutes.
3.     Frost right away.

<3, The Sweet Petite 

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