Pink Strawberry Birthday Cake | Gina Chong
Sometimes you just have to bake yourself a birthday cake. Hubby was gone on my bday, and I hadn't baked anything in a while, so this happened. It's one of my favorite cakes to date, I love how it turned out. Half was put in the freezer until hubby returned, but was thawed quite soon after and is already almost gone oops! Sugar diet starting now. Also applications for official taste-testers coming soon.

So the cake is just a white cake, but so so so moist and delish! Almost too moist, so you might consider removing the pudding from the recipe, up to you. But it's the frosting that was my favorite. I am not a buttercream lover, so I decided to try this cream cheese-whipped cream concoction I found from Tessa. Not too cream cheese-y, and I imagine it would be amazing with marscapone too. But the genius of the recipe is using dry milk to help stabilize it. I've use dry pudding mix for that purpose in the past but don't always like the flavor. This one was perfect, and I love the lightly sweet flavor that will be perfect for summer.

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Pink Strawberry Birthday Cake
Makes one 6-inch cake

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp cake flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temp.
  • 3 large egg whites. room temp.
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened and cooled
  • 1/2 cup vanilla pudding
  • red food coloring 
  • strawberry jam
Whipped Cream:
  • 6 oz cream cheese 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 3 Tbsp dry milk powder


Preheat oven to 350F. Set rack in the middle of the oven. Spray pans with oil, then line with parchment paper (see photo below). If using 6-inch pans, cut 2x19 inch strips for the sides, and trace the bottom of your pans to line the bottom. 

Pour milk, egg whites and vanilla into a large measuring cup and whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter at slow speed until you have a uniform crumbly mixture. Add all but 1/4 cup of your liquid mixture and beat at medium speed for 1-1/2 minutes. Add the rest of the liquid and the vanilla pudding, and beat for 30 more seconds. Scrape the bowl and beat another 20 seconds. Pour half the batter into another clean bowl. Fold red food coloring into both until one is a light pink and the other a darker pink. Pour each into your two prepared pans. Place at least 3 inches from each other and from the edges of the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for a few minutes, then remove the cakes from the pan and let cool completely. 

For the whipped cream:
With a large, clean bowl and clean mixers, whip your chilled heavy cream until medium-soft peaks. 
In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Add about a third cup or so of whipped cream to the cream cheese to lighten. Then fold in the rest of the cream and the dry milk powder. Fold in a few drops of red food coloring to create a light pink color. Chill until ready to use.

To Assemble:
Slice your cakes in half horizontally to create 4 layers. When you stack them, begin and end with a bottom layer (for your top layer, flip it upside down so that you will have an even surface to work with). 

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large tip with your whipped cream. On the first layer, pipe a circle around the edge of the cake (see photo below). This will act as a dam. Fill with a layer of strawberry jam, then cover with a thin layer of more whipped cream. Place your next cake layer over top, push down slightly, then repeat for the next two layers of cake. Use an offset spatula to frost the outside of the cake. Decorate as desired, and enjoy. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers. 

Cake recipe adapted from here. Whipped cream adapted from here.


  1. Happy belated birthday, what a beautiful cake! I love the pink color. Is it meringues on top?

    1. Yeah it is! First time making them, they were surprisingly easy!

  2. Happy belated birthday! This cake looks unreal. I can't get over how moist is looks! And the presentation is amazing. Loving the meringues that you added!

  3. Happy belated birthday Gina! I have missed stopping by, I need to check my bloglovin, I follow you there, but had not seen anything lately! But this looks amazing! Hope you enjoyed every bite:)

  4. Happy belated birthday...!! Um, I'm definitely applying to be a taste-tester!! This cake is soo gorgeous, too pretty to eat it in some ways!

  5. Happy belated birthday Gina! The two pink shades in the cake are so well done :)

  6. Strawberry cake is my all time favorite! I'm going to have to try this recipe out asap!


  7. Happy birthday Gina! This looks WONDERFUL and so pretty too! And heck yes, where do I sign up to taste test, ha!

  8. This cake looks delicious, Happy belated birthday.

  9. ooh yum! Happy belated bday! :) This is so gorgeous! ALWAYS impressed by your baking skills. It's good that you got to treat yourself even though he wasn't home! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  10. What a beautiful cake and such gorgeous photos!

  11. A lovely pink strawberry birthday cake! Love all those layers inside the cake. Thanks for great inspiration! Would like to make such delicious cake for my birthday party. Have booked a party venue NYC and was making other arrangements.

    1. thanks! Good luck with birthday planning~

  12. I hope you know that we all think you are learn the facts here nowamazing, and we support anything you do 100%. I hope you have the most amazing day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!


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