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Strawberry Birthday Cake & 30 Life Lessons I Learned From My Sister

Strawberry birthday cake with strawberry vanilla bean icing uses fresh strawberries and is so incredibly light and tender. It can easily be made vegan! 

Strawberry birthday cake with strawberry vanilla bean icing

30 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Sister…

#30: How to put on makeup. And most importantly, how to put on mascara without getting clumps.

#29: How to flirt with boys.

#28: Share. (that was a hard lesson for me)

#27: Confidence is very important. Even if you have to fake it.

#26: Don’t set your cell phone down in a restaurant or the bathroom stall. You will walk away from it.

#25: Rescuing an animal is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.

#24: Rockstar Energy drinks are both very delicious and very bad for you.

#23: Heartbreak is a very real and necessary part of life.

#22: Don’t be ashamed of loving silly cheezy TV shows. The Office, True Blood, and Glee are all shows worth watching.

#21: Don’t be scared of failure.

Whole Strawberry birthday cake with strawberry vanilla bean icing and a slice of the cake

#20: Try new things, and especially new foods.

#19: Wearing bright yellow tube socks up to your knees with tennis shoes is not fashionable.

#18: Dressing with a pinup flair is very fashionable.

#17: How to forgive and move on.

#16: If a girl you don’t know is giving you judgmental looks, give her a compliment and she will stop.

#15: Don’t answer the phone when you’re sleeping.

#14: Telling people you are going to do something is really good motivation to make yourself actually do it!

#13: A boy who doesn’t want to be with you, doesn’t deserve to be with you.

#12: Finding a fun way to work out is the only way you will keep working out.

#11: Treasure your childhood and tell stories about it so you don’t start to forget.

My sister and I as small children

#10: Wear lipstick. It’s a game changer.

#9: Wait for the right man. You will know it when you find it, and he will be so worth it.

#8: ALWAYS get back up.

#7: Things do happen for a reason.

#6: Rain on your wedding day is good luck. Just go with it and don’t let it ruin your day.

#5: Keep your head up, even when people are trying to knock you down.

#4: See the world. It’s how you learn about it and about yourself. (one of her biggest lessons to me that I have not yet done)

#3: Dream big.

#2: Live those big dreams. Just do it.

#1: What the true meaning of a best friend and unconditional love looks and feels like.

Happy Birthday Kelsey! I hate that I never get to celebrate with you, but I love you so much. I hear 30’s are supposed to be the best years of your life. If that is true, you have a lot in store for you!

Love, Kristin

A slice of Strawberry birthday cake with strawberry vanilla bean icing

A slice of Strawberry birthday cake with strawberry vanilla bean icing

Strawberry Birthday Cake

Strawberry birthday cake with strawberry vanilla bean icing uses fresh strawberries and is so incredibly light and tender. It can easily be made vegan! 


For the Cake

  • 3 eggs equivalent of egg replacer (or 3 eggs)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, (or your milk of preference)
  • 3/4 cups strawberry puree (made with fresh or frozen strawberries)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance), softened but still cool and cut into pieces

For the Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (I used Earth Balance non-dairy), at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 TBSP almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree (made with fresh or frozen strawberries)


For the Cake
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grease and flour 2 8- or 9-inch cake pans, and set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer (or eggs), milk, strawberry puree, and vanilla and almond extracts. Set aside.
    4. In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    5. With the mixer on low, add the butter one piece at a time, mixing until the dough comes together and looks sandy (do not allow the mixture to become doughy)
    6. Add about half of the wet mixture and mix on low speed until incorporated.
    7. Increase to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy.
    8. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the remaining wet mixture until incorporated.
    9. Scrape the bowl, if necessary, then increase speed to medium-high and beat for about 20 seconds. The batter will just barely look a little curdled.
    10. Divide that batter evenly between the prepared pans.
    11. Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    12. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the butter for 8 minutes on medium speed, until the butter is light in color and creamy.
  2. Add the sugar and milk and mix on low speed for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the vanilla bean seeds and almond extract.
  4. Increase mixer to medium speed and whip the mixture for another 6 minutes, until the frosting is very light and creamy.
  5. With the mixer on low, incorporate the strawberry mixture.
  6. Use frosting immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before using out of the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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43 comments on “Strawberry Birthday Cake & 30 Life Lessons I Learned From My Sister”

  1. What a beautiful cake for your sister! Wonderful post, and what a delicious cake :)!

  2. What a wonderful gift to your sister!

  3. What a great post! And the cake looks delicious!

  4. This is so sweet. Makes me wish I’d had a sister.

    Also-how pretty is this cake??

  5. This post made me miss my sister! The cake looks so pretty, and I love fruit-infused frosting!

  6. I love #21! I love the pink frosting too. Beautiful cake!

  7. Ms Kristin- that was a wonderful tribute to your sister….absolutely beautiful. And the cake looks spectacular!!

  8. Baker Bettie,

    I just wanted to tell you that I enjoy each and every one of your blog posts. Your food photography is what first brought my attention to your blog, and it continues to be fabulous and amazing. You writing makes reading your posts so fun, and that is especially true this week. Thank you thank thank you, and please keep writing and posting!!!

    -Happy Reader 🙂

  9. Hi Bettie,

    Can you tell me how to make this cake with a premade cake mix by any chance? (ie should I use a yellow cake mix, add the strawberry puree, and perhaps lessen the milk/oil?)

    Please let me know, I would love to try this one out, thanks!!!! 🙂

    • Hi Julia,

      I have never tried it, so at this point I would be guessing. If you do want to try it, I would use a white cake mix, not yellow, because the base of this cake is a white cake. But like I said, without actually experimenting with it there is really no way of knowing how it will work out. Let me know if you do!

      • Hi Bettie,

        Thanks for the reply! I don’t have cake flour which is the problem 🙁 Alas, I think I will try it out next week with the white cake mix and let you know how it works!

  10. This is AWESOME, thanks! I will try it out 🙂

    • Hello Baker Bettie 
      Thank you for this beautiful post!  
      I am trying this recipe for my daughter’s 7th birthday!!  I want to make it ahead of time. Is it possible to put the cake in the freezer?Usually I freeze my cake ahead of time then defrost  it one day before frosting it .

  11. This cake looks incredible! I’m going to try to make it for my roommate:)
    I was just wondering what difference the almond extract makes?
    Thank you!

    • The almond extract is only for flavor. It gives it a hint of what a wedding cake tastes like. You can leave it out if you don’t prefer it!

      • Ok thanks so much! it’s hard to get almond extract in a college dorm haha, I’m sure it will be delicious either way:)

  12. I just made this cake and it was amazing! I made it dairy-free with eggs and earth balance, and it was a huge hit, even though I was serving it to people who normally eat dairy. Thank you!!

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  14. Made this for my daughter’s third birthday! What fun.
    For the eggs, I did 2 vinegar/baking soda and did 1/4c applesauce for the third (if you use baking soda/vinegar for 3+ eggs it gets a bit gummy) and it ended up moist without being dense.
    For the frosting I cut out 1.5 cups of the icing sugar (2.5 is just about at the edge of what even my sweet tooth can handle).

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  17. Hi there! I want you to know how much your recipe touched mine and my husbands life. My husband and I got married March of last year, and as a vegan it was important for me to have a vegan wedding cake. So we set out to find a recipe we loved and could make together a couple of day’s before the wedding. This was it. We made a 6 tier strawberry cake, and about 150 strawberry cupcakes (with a lot of help of course.) This cake was a HIT, and I still have people asking me for the recipe. We decided to start a tradition of making it annually for our anniversary. He’s been deployed for seven months now, he comes home in April, and I can’t Wait to make this cake for our belated anniversary celebration. Who knew a strawberry cake could make a girl get all misty eyed?

    Thank you so much,
    Many Blessings

  18. Hi Baker Bettie! I baked this cake several months ago and LOVED it. I would like to bake it again soon but in the recipe, the amount of butter needed for the cake is not showing up. Is that a goof made by my computer or do you see it too?

    This was undoubtedly the best cake I ever tasted.

    • I made it last year for my daughters’ second bday and she wants it again but I don’t know how much butter to use!!! Help please.

  19. I am going to bake this for my daughters 2nd birthday next weekend! Would it be best if I made it the day of her birthday? Could I make it the night before, and if I did, would i need to go into the fridge? Thank you!

  20. Should I cool completely in the pan ? Or flip them onto a cooling rack ? I did 4 times the batter for each 12” layer ( for a wedding )

  21. This is the 12” out of the oven.  Beautiful 

  22. Hi! We are unable to use vegan butter. Is applesauce a good substitute for the cake?

  23. I truly LOVE this cake but I can’t make the frosting work as specified by the recipe and instructions.  I’ve tried it a few times but it just is so liquid-y every time.  I just tried it again with the same result, and I added double the sugar as well as both corn starch and tapioca starch after the fact and it’s still runny as can be.  Is there a typo or anything?  Does this work for everyone?

  24. I’m making the cake today for my granddaughter who loves strawberries and has been asking me to make a strawberry cake. My question is how to make the strawberry puree. You say to use either fresh or frozen strawberries, but I’m concerned that the frozen might have too much liquid. Would this make a difference in the cake or icing? I love your site. Just found it.

    • If you use frozen, you can thaw them first and strain to remove some of the liquid. If for some reason your icing is too thin you can add more powdered sugar until you’ve reached the desired thickness. So glad you like my site!

  25. Wow. It looks delicious. I love strawberry cakes. So, I will try to make it. Your recipe will help me. Thanks for sharing.

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