Birthday Cake

Vanilla Cake, Strawberry Curd, Swiss Meringue Frosting and Candy on this Pink Lover's Birthday Cake. from #dietersdownfall.comIt’s my birthday!

Yep! It’s October 31. I’m a little Spook. A Pumpkin. A Witch. All these nicknames that I got from my mother because I was born on Halloween.

Do you have a nickname? Do you love it or hate it?  There have been a few nicknames over the years that I was not fond of.

I have a few nicknames for my daughter. She’s my Little Bug. The Bug. Sometimes she’s Booger Butt, but that’s only when she’s been naughty.

Strawberry and Chocolate Pocky with Strawberry Whoppers adds dun details to this Strawberry Birthday Cake. from #dietersdownfall.comThis was my Birthday Cake. Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Curd filling and Swiss Meringue Buttercream. For fun I decorated it with Strawberry Pocky and Strawberry Malt Balls.

It was beyond good.

This cake was for ME! My husband was not happy that it wasn’t chocolate or peanut butter… Whatever. I’ll make him his cake for HIS birthday.

Blow out the candle and Make a Wish! Happy Birthday #dietersdownfall.comThis cake is a dense cake. It is not light and fluffy. It is great for stacked cakes and wedding cakes. Since it is so dense I made a simple syrup to help lighten the cake. I was worried about it getting mushy, so I don’t think I used enough.

I’ve made this cake a few times now and I always like it. I also made it for my daughter’s 7th Birthday here.

Simple Syrup flavored with a hint of Strawberry. from

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Six layer Vanilla Cake filled with fresh Strawberry Curd and Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
For the Cake
  • 3½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • 8 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
    For the Cake
    1. Preheat your oven to 375 deg F. Grease 3 8 inch round cake pans and line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
    3. In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the milk and extracts. Set aside.
    4. Cream the butter for 3 minutes until it's pale yellow and creamy. Gradually add in 1⅔ cup sugar.
    5. Add in the flour in 3 parts alternating with 2 additions of the milk. Beat it until just combined.
    6. In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites. Add in the cream of tartar as the whites get frothy. Gradually add in the ⅓ cup sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.
    7. Using a large spatchula, fold in ¼ of the egg whites into the butter mixture. Continue folding in the egg whites being careful not to mix the batter.
    8. Divide the batter into the three cake pans and bake for 25 minutes. Test for cake doneness with a toothpick or cake tester.
    9. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes then remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
    For the Simple Syrup
    1. Add water and sugar to a small pot and bring to a simmer. All the sugar should melt and the water should be clear. Add in the strawberry extract and let cool.
    To Decorate the Cake
    1. Divide the cakes in two so you have 6 layers.
    2. Place a dollop of frosting in the center of the cake stand then place your first layer. Brush on the simple syrup with a basting brush or pastry brush. Create a dam with frosting and add in ⅓ of the strawberry curd. Top with an upside down layer and brush on simple syrup. Add a thin layer or frosting.
    3. Repeat for all the layers of cake. The top layer goes on with the top up and does not get simple syrup brushed on.
    4. Add a thin layer of frosting to the outside and top of the cake then place the cake into the fridge for 1 hour.
    5. Remove from fridge and frost. Decorate with candy as desired.
    Cake recipe from Joy of Cooking

    Strawberry Curd is easy and quick to make. from

    Find the recipe for the Strawberry Curd HERE.









    Creamy Swiss Meringue Buttercream was a great frosting for my Birthday cake! From #dietersdownfall.comFind the recipe for the Swiss Meringue Buttercream HERE.


    1. LOVE IT! Happy Birthday Karyn! This cake is just beautiful!!

    2. Karyn – happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful birthday and a happy Halloween! The cake is stunning and I know it must taste incredible! Pinning of course! Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

    3. SO GORGEOUS! And I love that moving image. COOL! Happy birthday Karyn!

    4. Love this cake! It’s so pretty.

    5. What a pretty cake, I love the colours and the flavours you’ve chosen. Happy Birthday. Visiting from Create and Inspire. Now subscribing to your blog

    6. Happy birthday, Karyn! I’ve never seen a simple syrup used. What do you mean when you say it lightens the cake? Does it actually make it seem less dense, or is it the flavor that makes it taste lighter? Sorry if that’s a dumb question. I’ve seen a lot about simple syrups lately, and I’m curious. I hope you had a fantastic day!

      • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

        Since the cake was dense, it provided a bit of moisture. I didn’t want it to get soggy, so I think I skimped on the syrup a bit. The cake is moist, but it’s not light and fluffy like a box mix is. I didn’t want people to think it was a dry cake… honestly, I wasn’t sure how to phrase it.

    7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! your cake looks amazing! Good for you!

    8. Happy Birthday to you and love your ME cake!

    9. Wow, what an awesome birthday cake! Who cares what flavor he wants, it’s your day! Happy Belated Birthday Karyn

    10. Dang! I can always point out your posts in a link party from the picture… they are the ones that make me drool! lol. Happy belated! That cake looks ridiculously good!

    11. This is too cute for words… I am pinning!
      Thank you so much for linking up with The Party Bunch!

    12. this looks & sounds delicious. love the maltballs on the meringue, great idea.

      • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

        Thanks for stopping by. I’m so tired today, that when I read this I thought it said “meatballs”. I was so confused for a second. Lol!

    13. Great project !!

      I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

      Look forward to seeing you there

      Claire x

    14. This cake is stunning! Hope you had a fab birthday! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!


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