Strawberry Ruffle Birthday Cake (from scratch)

filed under: Cakes on February 1, 2013

I think the older I get the more I look to external joys to celebrate my birthday.

In my youth, I used to flippantly say, “My favorite holiday is my birthday!”  I would demand that people shower me in attention and gifts.  It was my day after all.

*head smack*

Vertical Ombre Ruffle Cake by

And while I fully support when others want to treat their birthdays as the best day of the year (heck, I encourage it!) for me, the greatest gifts are the simple ones.  The best day ever is having my kids near, knowing family and friends are safe and healthy, taking a few moments to just enjoy the precious life I have been given… thats a perfect birthday.

Oh, and cake of course.

Vertical Ombre Ruffle Cake by #cake #ombre #pink


I recently posted about an event that totally threw me off. (My husband being hospitalized for heart issues.)  While it has been hard to process and not something I ever wanted to deal with, I am thankful that it has helped me put my priorities in perspective.

The greatest birthday gift is peace of mind when it comes to accepting the curve balls life throws at us.

From Scratch Strawberry Cake by #cake #ombre #strawberry


This cake has been a long time coming for me.  I love strawberry cake, strawberry jam, strawberry wine, strawberry anything.  For almost a year now I have been searching for a great from scratch recipe that did not include jello or gelatin.  Not that there are anything wrong with those… just that I truly desired a from scratch recipe and couldnt figure out why it was so hard to come by!

Based on our news and wanting to make some healthier changes in my family’s diet, I was even more motivated to make my hopes a reality.


Tips for Success:

There are a number a steps to this recipe, so its a good idea to read through first and prepare your ingredients before hand.

I had extra strawberry puree left over, so I added it to 1/2 cup of buttercream for the middle of the cake.

I highly recommend pairing this cake with a whipped cream frosting.  I chose Vanilla Buttercream for this because I wanted to use a particular technique (Ruffle Tutorial with #401 tip) for the frosting, but I ultimately believe that whipped cream frosting is the best choice in terms of flavor.

If you are baking at a higher altitude, be sure to check out my High Altitude Baking Tips.

Homemade Strawberry Cake with Vertical Pink Ruffles by


I truly enjoyed this real strawberry cake and hope you will too.

And because its my birthday, and I allow myself one day a year to be bossy without guilt, (without guilt are the key words there!) I am going to request that today you tell at least one person how much they mean to you.  Pick one quality that you admire in someone and tell them so. I promise that not only will it brighten their day, but it will brighten yours too. 🙂

Strawberry Birthday Cake by #cake #pink #ombre

Strawberry Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

I think the older I get the more I look to external joys to celebrate my birthday. In my youth I used to flippantly say, “My favorite holiday is my birthday!” I would demand that people shower me in attention and gifts. Its was my day after all.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cake, Strawberry Ruffle Birthday Cake
Servings: 1 cake
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c butter
  • 2 -3 cups diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 c sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2/3 c strawberry puree 1 cup thawed frozen strawberry & 1-2 tbsp water in blender
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8-in round cake pans.
  2. Whip four eggs whites in mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whipping to maintain soft peaks. Pour whites into large bowl (This was about 5 cups in volume after whipped) and set aside.

  3. Cream room temperature butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add in vanilla and almond extract. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.

  4. Sift together 3 cups flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Alternatively add flour mixture and strawberry puree to batter until fully combined. Batter will be thick.
  6. Fold in egg whites.
  7. Coat diced strawberries in 2 tbsp flour and gently add to batter. (I used 2 cups but think 3 cups would also be delicious.)

  8. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using two 8-in cake pans, bake for 45-50 minutes.

  9. Recipe adapted from [ |]


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  • Tatjana says:

    Happy B-Day, Amanda. XOXO

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much!

  • Laura C says:

    Happy birthday to you! Last year for my daughter’s first birthday I desperately wanted to make a from-scratch strawberry cake without the Jello. I ended up using Jello, and it was fine…but this year we will try your recipe! (She is my strawberry girl.) I’m thrilled. Thank you for sharing. Love those pink ruffles, too!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Laura!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    “I am going to request that today you tell at least one person how much they mean to you.” Well then I pick you. You deserve it my sweet friend, your love and devotion to your family is so strong and your courage in the face of uncertainty truly admirable. Sending you and your family much love. xo

    • Amanda says:

      *humbled* Thank you so much sweet Sylvie. Think of you so often… sending hugs and prayers!

  • TidyMom says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda!
    I don’t think I’ve ever had strawberry cake! this looks amazing, as always!

    Hope everything goes well for the hubby!xoxo

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Thirysha24 says:

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 That’s a pretty cake 🙂 love your blog!

  • April says:

    Happy Birthday to you, and what an absolutely gorgeous cake! 🙂

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    I hope your birthday was as sweet and wonderful as you! And this cake? Oh my goodness! Love it.

    • Amanda says:

      Well thank you so much sweety!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Happy birthday my sweet friend! Eat a slice for me! 🙂

  • Luisa says:

    Happy birthday. I’m new to your blog and I LOVE IT.
    Thanks for the beautiful cakes.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Luisa! Nice to “meet” you!

  • Terry says:
  • Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker says:

    Happy Birthday, Amanda! This cake is too adorable. I have never seen an ombre cake this way before, but I love that it’s different than all the horizontal ombre cakes I’ve seen. And you’re right, strawberry cake is the best. 🙂

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Oooh! What a gorgeous cake, Amanda! So girly! Love the ruffles!

  • Shari Kelley says:

    I am also new to your blog, and am really enjoying it. I love your photos, recipes, and writing. Happy birthday!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Shari! Nice to meet you too!

  • KQ says:

    What a gorgeous cake, inside and out! Yum, and happy birthday!
    On another matter, I was really, really surprised to see this being offered by Williams-Sonoma – and credit was not given properly, as far as I can tell: I’ve made the Neapolitan rose cake, and it is now one of my top-five favorites of all time. Thank you!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much KQ! I love that its one of your favs… mine too! I bet your family and friends love it every time you make it!

  • Maria says:

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday! LOVE the cake! xo

  • Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Amanda! I hope you had a wonderful day. You cakes always look so gorgeous!

  • grace says:

    happy birthday, you peach of a woman! this cake is lovely, just like you. 🙂

  • this is lemonade says:

    Happy belated birthday! Beautiful, strawberries and pink. How lovely! Looks like eating better won’t be boring at all for the family 🙂

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    Happy Birthday Amanda! I hope it was an amazing one 😀 This cake is absolutely stunning, as yours always are 🙂 I hope your husband is doing better now too. Xoxo

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Happy belated birthday! What a gorgeous cake to celebrate it with!

  • Dawn | KitchenTravels says:

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you and yours a year full of health and joy. 🙂 If you ever want to try another from-scratch strawberry cake, I just LOVE the recipe from the “Sky High” book. You can find it on the blog, and it is absolutely delicious. xo

  • Amy says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I”ll have to try this receipt with fresh strawberries from the garden in June.

    I do have a receipe for a from scratch Raspberry Walnut cake with Buttercream Frosting. That cake is to die for!

    I do have one question…what brand of food coloring do you use for your frosting? And, have you ever noticed an odd flavor added to the frosting when you use them? I’m in the market for some good, quality food color for my frostings. I have found that gels from Wilton add a funny flavor to my royal icing and buttercream.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Amy! I use Ateco or Americolor… there are links on my FAQ page. 🙂

  • Manu says:

    This looks absolutely amazing and delicious! and beautiful!!!

    Check out my blog if you get a chance. It would mean a lot to me!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    My daughter’s actual bday was last weekend but next weekend we’re having the party and I’m making a strawberry cake, her request. I wish I could just have this one appear before my very eyes in person!

  • vanillasugarblog says:

    you are the absolute queen of cakes ms thing
    a baker indeed
    how is hubby doing?
    i’m trying to get mine to eat more blueberries–lol

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