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Strawberry Birthday Cake

    This strawberry birthday cake was a huge hit! A six layer cake with layers of strawberry curd, strawberry simple syrup and strawberry buttercream frosting.

    Make a wish and blow out the candles! This beautiful Strawberry Birthday Cake is perfect for you next party.

    Strawberry Birthday Cake

    It’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.

    A Strawberry Birthday cake like no other! A delicious six layer cake with strawberry curd and covered in strawberry Whoppers and Pocky Sticks.

    Anyway, I made this amazing Strawberry Birthday Cake and loved every bite of it – Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Curd filling and Swiss Meringue Buttercream. For fun, I decorated it with Strawberry Pocky and Strawberry Malt Balls. WOW!

    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.

    No need for fancy frosting decorations - This birthday cake is covered in Whoppers and Pocky Sticks. It was so fun!

    This 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.

    Count up six layers of white cake with layers of strawberry curd and Swiss Meringue Buttercream and then decorated with strawberry Whoppers and Pocky Sticks.

    This recipe is part three in a three part series including Strawberry Curd and Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

    Homemade Strawberry Curd, Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and a Six Layer Strawberry Birthday Cake!
    Yield: 1 cake

    Strawberry Birthday Cake

    Make a wish and blow out the candles! This beautiful Strawberry Birthday Cake is perfect for you next party.

    This strawberry birthday cake was a huge hit! A six-layer cake with layers of strawberry curd, strawberry simple syrup, and strawberry buttercream frosting.

    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Additional Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


    For the Cake

    • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 sticks butter
    • 1 2/3 cups sugar
    • 8 egg whites
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/3 cup sugar

    For the Simple Syrup

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract

    Decorated with

    • 2 cups Strawberry Curd filling
    • 1 batch of Swiss meringue Buttercream
    • Strawberry Whoppers
    • Strawberry and Chocolate Pocky


    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 spatula, 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.
    2. Do this while the cake is baking.

    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 of 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.

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

    33 thoughts on “Strawberry Birthday Cake”

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

      1. 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.

    3. 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!

      1. 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!

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