Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Birthday—Baby Girl


In the past birthday parties for my little boy, I’ve made Japanese Cheesecake to celebrate.  You can check out the recipe and pictures here.  The Japanese Cheesecake was super easy to make, light, fluffy and anyone who’ve tried it would love it and ask for the recipe.

For baby girl’s birthday this year, I decided to make something new.  Something more girly for her. 


Plus, I’ve got an incentive to make a more girly cake.  It’s the lovely pink stand that you’re seeing in these pictures.  I purchased this cake stand from the Amazon gift card granted by the Fairy Hopmother.  Here’s the detail if you’ve missed that post.  How could I not create a girly cake to match this lovely cake stand?  Plus, my kids love strawberries and it’s the peak season to enjoy them.


This cake might sounds similar to the Meyer Lemon and Strawberry Mousse Cake that I’ve created before.  But in fact, they were quite different.  With my baby girl’s birthday cake, I used the Meyer Lemon Cake recipe here.  Baked it in an 8-inch round cake pan and split it in half to create 2 layers. The previous Meyer Lemon cake was a vanilla sponge cake.  Along with the fresh strawberries in between the lemon and strawberry mousse layers, I also added some Lemon syrup onto the top of the cake.  The Meyer lemon flavor was a lot more intense compared to the previous layered mousse cake that I've made.  However, the sponge cake portion of the earlier version was more soft and more fluffy.


Another difference is the mousse layer.  Instead of making the Lemon Mousse from scratch, I used the Meyer Lemon curd that I had on hand and folded in some whipped cream, and that was it.  Super simple.  Here’s the recipe for the Meyer Lemon Curd.  I managed to make extras for our guests to take home too. 


I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to celebrate my baby girl’s birthday with us.  Thank you for all the wonderful gifts, warm wishes and precious memories.  Including all of you, who visited my blog today.  Thank you!

I wish my baby girl to be healthy, happy and beautiful as she always is.  Happy Birthday again, my sweetie!


Strawberry Lemon Shortcake Birthday Cake:  
Ingredients For the Cake:

4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
1 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 
Zest of 3 Meyer Lemons
1 1/2 cups cake flour 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, at room temperature 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

Ingredients For the Meyer Lemon Syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Meyer Lemon Juice

Ingredients for the Meyer Lemon Cream:
2 cups of freshly whipped cream
1/2 cup Meyer Lemon Curd

Ingredients for Filling and topping:
1 pound fresh California Strawberries, washed and hulled
1 cup slightly sweetened whipped cream, for garnish

To Prepare the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.  Line the pan with parchment paper on the bottom.

Cream the butter sugar in the bowl of an 
electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, followed by the lemon zest. 

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. In another bowl, combine lemon juice, the heavy cream, and vanilla. Add the flour and cream mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Pour the batter into the cake pan, smooth the top, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in wiring rack.

To Prepare the Meyer Lemon Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and Meyer lemon juice and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. 

When the cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and set it on a rack until it’s completely cooled.  Carefully split the cake in half horizontally. Spoon the Meyer lemon syrup over on the cut sides of the cake. 

To Prepare the Meyer Lemon Cream:
In a medium bowl, gently fold the 2 ingredients together with a spatula until well combined.  Set aside.

To assemble the cake:

Place the bottom half of the cake in an 9-inch spring-form pan.  Cut 8 to 10 strawberries in half and line them on the side of the cake pan, cut sides facing outwards.  Cut the rest of the strawberries into slices.  Cover the inside of the cake with a layer of strawberry slices.

Carefully pour the Meyer Lemon cream on top of the strawberry slices.  Cover the Meyer Lemon Cream with the remaining half of the cake. 

Keep the cake refrigerate if not serving immediately.  When ready to serve, remove the cake from the spring-form pan.  Pipe freshly whipped cream on top of the cake along the edges (I used a star tip).  Arrange the remaining strawberry slices in the center of the cake and enjoy!


  1. Happy Birthday to your baby girl. That's a sweet birthday cake, so pretty :)

  2. Happy Birthday to your baby girl! This cake is so beautiful and it looks luscious. I love Meyer lemons. xo

  3. Thats a beautiful cake. I bet she loved it!

  4. What a gorgeous cake! And happy birthday to the little one!

  5. Such a LOVELY cake on a darling cake stand! Your daughter must feel so special that you made this cake for her:)

  6. Such a pretty cake and I love your new stand Amy! Happy B-Day to your daughter:@)

  7. Happy Birthday to your little girl! That is a beautiful cake and sounds really yummy! Have a lovely weekend, Amy!

  8. So beautiful!! I'd love for you to link this up to my Sweet Treats party this weekend! Hope to see you there :)

    {Sweet Treats Thursday} Thu-Su

  9. This cake is so elegant and so beautifully crafted, the strawberries are so delicately placed with ribbons of delicious whipped cream adorning the edges like a princess crown...and I love the pink cake stand!! Spectacular job sweet bella Amy! and a heartfelt happy birthday to your baby girl!!!

  10. This cake is absolutely gorgeous. I love strawberries. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  11. How beautiful! I'm happy you have photos of this lovely cake to show her when she is older. Happy birthday to your little girl!

  12. What a gorgeous cake!!! Lovely

  13. Stunning cake! Happy birthday to your baby girl, Amy!

  14. Gorgeous perfect cake, Amy! Happy birthday to your sweet princess :).

  15. I wanted to do lemon curd for the longest time! This cake is super pretty..I love that pink cake stand! Did you know I was chosen by the Fairy Hobmother too because of my comment here?

    I was so surprised!

  16. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  17. What a gorgeous birthday cake. I'd love one for my birthday too.

  18. Incredibly beautiful cake! The flavors of Myers lemons and strawberries must be luscious! Thanks for bringing your gorgeous birthday cake to ON THE MENU MONDAY! HAPPY Birthday to your little girl!

  19. Happy birthday to your little girl! It is definitely a beautiful, girly cake and I'm sure it was delicious!

  20. Happy Birthday to your baby girl!
    Amy this cake is precious and the pink cake stand is so sweet! What a perfect girly cake for your little angel! I'm sure the meyer lemon curd and the lemon syrup made it over the top delish!

  21. What a beautiful cake with great flavor combinations! Love your pictures. Come over and visit today. We have a great grilled squash recipe.

  22. Beautiful cake. It sounds delicious.
    New follower from Sweets for Saturday.

  23. Happy Birthday to your Baby Girl! If I could eat this cake with my eyes, it would be gone by now! I can't wait to try your recipe! It's beautiful and sounds so tasty!

  24. happy birthday, what a gorgeous creation.

  25. Looks delicious. love the presentation

  26. Such a beautiful cake and I also love the cake tray. So gorgeous!

  27. This is a cake fit for a princess! I know your little girl must have loved it. I mean, who wouldn't? ;)

  28. Oh wow, that cake looks amazing! Any little girl would absolutely love that for her birthday, your daughter is a lucky girl! Beautiful decorations, and I'm sure it tastes amazing too