Strawberry cake for a 4year old
Hoping you can help me out with some baking ideas here. My daughter will be 4 next week and has asked for a "pink strawberry cake". Can I do this without resorting to the storebought mixes, and, even more iportantly, avoiding the canned pink frosting which is, in my opinion, wretched?
(apologies to those for whom it is a guilty pleasure)
Just mash up some fresh strawberries and add to a white buttercream for a beautiful slightly marbled frosting. Most kids prefer plain old yellow (or white cake) anyway. The thing to avoid is the pink food coloring. Almost all of them have a nasty taste that gets worse the more you use.
My mom sent me a recipe in which you poke a white cake mix with holes and pour strawberry jello into it ( if I remember correctly!) I do recall my sons loved it. If you're interested, let me know, and I will look for it and post it up later today!
If you want pink frosting, you can cook down strawberries w/ a little water (if you're using fresh) with sugar and then strain. Add that to your favorite buttercream, using the strawberry puree for liquid (you might need to add more sugar depending on how much strawberry puree you're using). I've never been able to make a good pink cake with fruit. I've managed barely pink at most but without dye, I'm not sure if you can get a good pink color. But, come to think of it, I've never tried beet, only berries. Maybe beets could get you the right color.
This one was pretty good, though (Sky High is a fun cake book):
I use a basic butter cream recipe. I cook down some strawberries, not too many and puree, use some of it in the cake to make it pink. Also use some for the icing as well. Before baking the cake I like to add some fresh sliced strawberries on top. They bake in and make a nice surprise. Also some chocolate chips are fun to put on top too, they also bake in a litlle and is a fun surprise. I also dribble some thin chocolate on top of the cake, just a little with some fresh strawberries. Or you can dip them and put those on the cake. I would actually make 2 rounds, cut them in half and make it in the shape of a strawberry. You some mint to make the stem portion. Nothing fancy or hard. Just a little trim off the bottom 2 sides and perfect. For the little dots on the stralberry, use grape nuts. They look like the brownish spots. Still healthy.