Wednesday, May 11, 2011

1st birthday & cake recipe...

I hosted a pretty, pink, tea party in honor of my daughter Sylvie's first birthday. I'm a firm believer in making a big deal out of first birthdays, after all they will remember it forever right? I know Sylvie appreciated all the effort ;) .
 I did actually have a lot of fun making her cake. It is one of my favorite "fancy" cakes for special occasions. Perfect for spring and summer as it is so light and fresh tasting.
Donna had shown me this gorgeous cake she found so I got my inspiration for the roses from that. Of course I didn't have the right tools (do I ever?) and the frosting was too creamy and light to actually make it look that amazing but I am happy with how it turned out. I sprinkled a few small edible pearls on top for a finishing touch.
The strawberry filled layers....

12 servings

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream

3 cups cake flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
7 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
6 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam
2 1/4 pounds strawberries, hulled, sliced (about 6 cups), divided

Frosting: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl. Beat in sugar and jam. Beat cream in medium bowl until peaks form. Fold whipped cream into frosting. Cover, and chill until firm enough to spread (about 2 hours)

Cake: Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans with 2 inch high sides. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into medium bowl. Using electric mixer beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add sour cream, beat 30 seconds. Add flour mixture in three additions, beating to blend in between each addition. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in pans on rack about 10 minutes. Run small sharp knife around pan sides, then turn out cakes onto racks and cool completely. Using a large serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally in half. Place one cake half cut side up on cake plate. Spread 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam over, then 3/4 cups frosting. Top with 3/4 cup sliced berries, arranging in a single layer. Repeat two more times with cake layer, jam, frosting and berries, Top with remaining cake layer cut side down. Spread 2 cups frosting over top and sides of cake to coat completely. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Stir remaining 1/3 cup jam to loosen. Spoon teaspoonfuls on to top and sides of cake, then use back of spoon to swirl jam decoratively into frosting. Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover with cake dome and refrigerate.
* I added a few drops of red food coloring to make the frosting pinker. Also I omitted the jam swirled into frosting on the outside of cake.

-recipe from Bon Appetit magazine

1. pineapple,grapefruit & oj punch 2. baby girl hanging upside down? 3. homemade decor 4."hot" 5. Donna's yummy and pretty sugar cookies 6. niece brielle 7. pretty little tea sandwiches
With love,


  1. Totally Cute & looks more than yummy!!

  2. Adorable party! The cake looks delish, and so pretty!

  3. Wow! Looks lovely! (And like you put a lot of hard work into it!!) Love the cake! So pink and pretty! How was the cake? Really, really tasty? Because it looks divine! And that punch looks yummy! Is there a recipe for that? And I love what you have the punch in! Such a pretty container!

  4. Looks yummy!! I know first b-days are such fun..

  5. I will tell you the cake was very, very delicious! I could not eat just one slice, and the frosting was not too sweet. Mindy you do want to make it! Sharla you know how to put a good party on!

  6. It‘s great that I could find your blog about your link at Miss Mustard Seed. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see…. ;) I’m your new follower!

    Have a nice day

  7. Looks so yummy!! AlsI awarded you ladies the versatile blogger award.. go here to claim it!!o

  8. Very pretty! So fun to do the big 1st birthday even if they don't remember it:)

  9. Oh that cake looks amazing Sharla! Love going all out for any birthday party but their 1st, I agree, is a must:) Sad we missed it!! Happy birhtday sweet Slyvie