This post should really not come as a shock to any of you. ;) Today I’m sharing this incredible recipe for a pretty in pink cake! I know it’s totally not like me right? ;) But seriously take a look at this cake and tell me how you can’t fall in love with it? This cake first made an appearance at the princess party that I threw for Claire, but I haven’t been able to get enough of it since! There were tons of delicious desserts at the party, but for me this one took the cake! ;) So since I totally can’t stop obsessing over this cake, I thought I would just give into the obsession instead! ;) I’m sharing the full recipe for this pink cake, so that all of you can join in on the love with me!
Perfect Princess Pink Cake
The original recipe for this cake actually comes from my amazing friend Ashley of Peace Love & Eat Cake. I always love working with Ashley for big parties and events because we think so much alike! We love the same colors, designs, and recipes. Ashley first whipped up this cake for a princess party I had a few weeks back along with tons of other treats for the kids. The pink cake was the centerpiece of the dessert table and rightly so! Of course the kids were thrilled with all of the desserts, but they went wild for this cake! And honestly I went a little wild for it too. ;)
Dessert Table Approved Party Cake
When it comes to parties for me, a dessert table is basically a requirement. And of course what every good dessert table needs is a show stopping centerpiece! I always love the look of a beautiful cake right in the middle of a fun, but elegant dessert table. There’s seriously nothing better! This pink cake is exactly what I’m talking about! Ashley totally could have gone all out with over the top crazy decorations, but the simple look of this cake is what makes it so amazing!
Best Frosting Recipe
The cake itself is actually vanilla with a strawberry buttercream. It is seriously one of my all time favorite flavor combos for a cake! Ashley used her incredible recipe for vanilla cake. She and I have actually used her vanilla cake recipe as a base for a few of my other parties. So clearly I’m pretty serious about how amazing it is. ;) I honestly don’t know how she gets her vanilla cakes so fluffy and delicious, but they are heaven every time! OMG and her frosting recipe… This is one of those frosting recipes that you could whip up and eat straight out of the KitchenAid. Not that I’ve ever done that or anything. ;) Once we had all of the pieces, the assembly magic started! ;)
Decorating The Pretty In Pink Cake
The simple, chic design of this cake is one of my favorite parts! Plus that simplicity makes it easier to replicate at home! A total win-win! For this look, you have to start by icing the entirety of your cake layers. Of course the real trick here is to get a smooth edge all the way around the cake. Using a cake scraper makes this part a LOT easier! (They’re also pretty inexpensive and so handy! Totally recommend snagging one when you get the chance!) With a perfectly smooth cake, you can easily pipe small rows of frosting along the base and top of the cake. Piping the same color and pattern for both the top and the bottom seriously make this cake so, so elegant! We finished off the cake with just a few sprinkles. The sprinkles actually look a lot like little pearls to take the cake up one more notch!
The final result is hands down one of my all-time favorite cakes! I know I originally planned this cake for Claire’s party, but secretly it felt like this cake was meant for me. ;) I hope all of you give this cake a try because who doesn’t need a totally pink cake in their life? ;)
Yield 1 Cake
The cake itself is actually vanilla with a strawberry buttercream. It is seriously one of my all time favorite flavor combos for a cake!
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup whole milk
-preheat oven to 300 degrees-in a small bowl mix flour, salt, and baking powder together; set aside-in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes on high-add eggs one at a time, mixing on low for 10 seconds in between each addition-add vanilla-add half of the flour mixture and mixed until just combined.
Add all of the milk and mix until just combined.
Lastly, add the other half of the flour mixture, mixing on low speed until combined-for 8” round layers, weigh out 11oz into your prepared cake pans-bake cake layers for 10-12 min, pulling out of the oven when a toothpick comes out clean-let cake layers cool halfway still in pan before transferring to a wire rack-let cake layers cool completely before frosting
Yield 1 Cake
Bakery approved frosting recipe. This is one of the best vanilla frosting recipes I have ever tasted.
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon saltfood color (if desired)
-in a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add butter and beat on high for 2-3 minutes, scraping the bowl once light and fluffy
-add half the powdered sugar and salt to mixer and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase speed to high until frosting is smooth-add rest of powdered sugar and mix until smooth-add milk and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined, then increase speed to high until frosting is smooth-add food color if desired
-once layers are completely cooled, you can begin stacking your cake-start with one layer of cake, followed by a thin layer of Vanilla Frosting -repeat this process until all layer are used and desired cake height is reached -frost the outside of the cake using desired technique/design-cake can be chilled until needed, pull out atleast 2 hours prior to serving