Happy Birthday Sis: Raspberry Pink Birthday Cake Tutorial!

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

I love this wacky wild weirdo pink raspberry birthday party cake I made to celebrate my dear sister’s 40th birthday! Sister looks like she’s 27 so it’s all good. Not that there’s a damn thing wrong with looking “older.” It’s going to happen to every one of us! Silvery grey hairs that poke out like annoying little wires, smile lines and little freckly spots showing up seemingly overnight. A photograph that betrays a face one thought was young with just a touch of piggy jowly-ness. A little more junk in the trunk that is impossible to shed away, moon pock marks on thighs and butts, hands looking suddenly weary and vein-covered. Welcome to the body of an older woman, people! Except my sister. Dang woman is fit as a fiddle, sweats it up at power yoga and can do a full on HANDSTAND. She’s amazing, beautiful, strong as buckets and buckets of steel, an incredible mom, bright as the most colourful star – and a wonderful sister to me.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

So here it is: A wacky yet simple and let’s even say simply magical pink birthday cake tutorial for ya.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

You will need: 

A two or three layer baked and cooled round cake. I tinted my vanilla cake pink and studded the cake batter with fresh raspberries.

4 cups of vanilla buttercream, tinted pink with a touch of pink gel food colouring

An offset spatula to crumb croat and frost your cake

A piping bag fitted with an open star tip

A bar of white chocolate (or any thin, high quality bar that will break into triangular shards)

Fresh raspberries for decor

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

Start with a triple layer cake. I made a vanilla cake tinted light pink and studded the cake batter with fresh raspberries.

pink buttercream frosted cake

Frost, fill and smooth your cake like the cake nerd you are. I used a light pink vanilla buttercream to frost my cake. Check out this post on how to frost a cake if you need to brush up!

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

After you’ve frosted your cake to the final coat, tint the remaining buttercream a darker shade of pink, or a contrast colour like mint green. I like the darker shade of pink simply because you can easily just add some more pink gel colour to your already-made pink buttercream. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 4B tip to make this cute shell border. Simply “pipe out and pull” to make a shell with a tail-like shape. Pipe the next shell on top of the “tail” and so-on and so-forth until you’ve made an entire border.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

Take it to the top! Here is where the decorating fun begins. I went kind of random-zone on the top, except I tend to anally place my decorative objects and piped blobettes with the same amount of space in between everything. Sort of a random-yet-even vibe.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

I used fresh raspberries and this Lindt White Strawberry Excellence bar as well as piped buttercream blobettes for the decoration. I broke the pieces into their natural squares and then broke triangle pieces off of the squares!

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

I was going for a shard-y playful and fun Katherine Sabbath vibe with this cake! Speaking of which – I have an interview with her coming up on this here blog! Woot! Part of a new interview series on Coco Cake Land where I interview some pretty sweet people in the cake, pastry and/or creative world. STOKED.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

I piped some blobettes larger than others, and even placed a raspberry on top of a few – you get the idea.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

A view from the top! If a bird flew over this cake right now, it would swoop down and eat a raspberry. If it was a seagull, it would swoop down for the white chocolate pieces. Or the chocolate bar wrapper. Damn scavengers.

pink birthday cake tutorial - coco cake land

I made this cool times hand stamped birthday cake sign too – I just love my mini alphabet letter stamp set. Sigh. I really can’t believe my sister is 40. That means I’m up next in a few short years – my two older sisters are both in their 40s now! Eeks. I don’t get it, Father Time. I can still see us playing and romping around at our beloved childhood home, black bowl-cut little turd brats, knocking over each other’s Lego houses and fighting over the Barbie wedding dress, eating seaweed gummy bears but dreaming of grape soda (my mom was a health nut). Time is going by a little too fast these days, guys – don’t you think? Happy happy 40th birthday to my beloved sis Shelley! May your 40th and beyond be filled with happiness. xo Lyndsay

22 Responses to “Happy Birthday Sis: Raspberry Pink Birthday Cake Tutorial!”

  1. SomethingWonderfulAboutUs

    Hi Lyndsay :) I accidentally found your blog and your cakes are so cute and beautiful! yummmy :)

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      i am glad you found me! hooray and thank you kindly ^__^

    2. SomethingWonderfulAboutUs

      you´re welcome :)

  2. Sue (Munchkin Munchies)

    This is SOOOO pretty and I can only imagine how delicious it is! :)

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      sue i gotta say it was pretty yummy! ^__^ thanks for popping by!

  3. Sarah

    Omg, this is just gorgeous! Your creations always bring a smile to my face. :)

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      you are sweet, sarah – thank you! ^__^

  4. danielle @ this picture books life

    This cake is enchanting, Lyndsay!!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      danielle!! it is kind of like a mystical party castle, right!? thanks friend! xo

  5. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Seaweed gummy bears?! Thankfully I’ve never heard of those before because they sound like a monstrosity (if you’re mom is reading, I’m kidding, mom! I bet they were as delicious as they were healthy!). Lyndsay, this cake is all kinds of gorgeous. I love all the varying shades of pink and the pretty decorations. Happy birthday to your fabulous, yoga-loving, 20-year-old-looking sister!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      haha! they weren’t quite as gross as they sounded … or maybe my health-food-children’s-mouth didn’t quite know the difference, hehe! love reading your comments as always, nancy! ^__^ thanks for the sweet words. xo

  6. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Oh, everything about this is simply marvelous, but I am swooning over those Lindt shards. Could a cake get any more magical? I think not! What a beaut!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      hiya amy! hehe i do love the “magical” quality of this one – lots of whimsy and fun! thanks for stopping by!!

  7. Emily

    such a funky cake! I love it

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      thanks a bunch, emily! ^__^

  8. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    Pink cakes always look so whimsical! Actually, all of your cakes look whimsical. They are art!

    Reply
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  10. Christine

    Wow! I can’t get over this cake and all your cakes! What recipe did you use for the raspberry cake?

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  12. Haf

    I stumbled across this blog and everything is so beautiful and whimsical and magical and gorgeous and the best part. . edible that I seriously want to weep :) :) SOOOO happy I found your beautiful, beautiful blog. My mom’s birthday is coming up next month and I’m 100% giving one of your tutorials a go. Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx

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  13. Jessica Knight

    About to make this for my daughters 10th birthday. Have 3 kids and so far made 5 of your cakes for their birthdays from foxes to puppy dogs – all huge successes. I always know I’ll find something they will love on your site. You should do a cook book! Thanks for your inspiration.

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      Jessica, what a sweet comment! I’m so happy to hear that, thanks so much! (PS I am working on a cake book now, due out in 2018!) xo

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