buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream | the vanilla bean blog

I’ve been making cakes (and cakes and cakes and cakes) for my cookbook, and I think I am almost done with that chapter. Almost. I think. I can’t stop myself from constantly tinkering with recipes and my family, my neighbors, and everyone at my husband’s office is officially tired of eating cake. But! I did make the yellow cake of my dreams, and yesterday I got the chocolate cake just right. I will need make it again tomorrow, just to be sure. Progress is exciting.

Buttercream is also being worked on. I started with the rhubarb buttercream I made last year; switching out strawberries for the rhubarb. It turned out lovely, and my daughter and I were enamored with the pale pink frosting. Technically this is a cheater’s post (since I really didn’t change that much from the original recipe), but after we put some flowers from the garden on top (and some fairies from her toy box), I thought it deserved it’s own space on the blog.

buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream | the vanilla bean blog

buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream | the vanilla bean blog

buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream | the vanilla bean blog

(The pretty pink cake plate is from Dishes Only.)


buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream | the vanilla bean blog

Buttermilk Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

As I said before, this is a cheater’s post. The same recipe is here, I just used 2 cups of strawberries instead of rhubarb in the buttercream, and omitted the cardamom cream. I kept this cake on the ‘naked’ side; the buttercream doesn’t make quite enough for three layers and a nice outer coat.

buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream | the vanilla bean blog



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41 Responses to buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream

  1. Emma says:

    The prettiest cake and photos! 🙂

  2. Kathryn says:

    This is just such a lovely cake. That colour is simply perfect.

  3. Wow what a stunning cake it looks beautiful and the flavors sound simple and delicious.

  4. Hi Sarah! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for quite some time now and haven’t had a chance to comment. Your writing and the way you write, i always look forward to- it’s like taking in a good book in bed! This cake looks amazing, i cannot wait until your cookbook comes out <3

  5. Love the flavour of this cake! It’s gorgeous and sounds so delicious!

  6. Ani says:

    Very pretty cake and photos! 🙂

  7. A stunning cake! That buttercream… how did you resist not eating all of it?

  8. molly yeh says:

    eeeeeeee i am so excited for the cake chapter in your book!!! (well duh and all of the other chapters too. but i will probably flip to the cake chapter first 🙂 that is so exciting. there could be worse problems than all of the people in your life being sick of cake?? and these photos are stunning!!

  9. Amanda says:

    Of course I agree with Molly. Cake first. You’ve got to know you’re doing your work right when all your people are sick of eating/hearing about something incredible. And let me just whoop up a little support for the cheater’s post. Variations on the theme are exactly what turns our little creative planet. So cheat on! And share.

  10. Lindsey says:

    love this to bits, sarah! xo

  11. Abby says:

    These photos, Sarah!! They’re so, so lovely. I can’t get over the beauty. <3

  12. Gemma says:

    I love how the cake frosting is the exact same color as the cake stand! So beautiful! And the photos really show this cake in all its glory. 🙂
    It’s such a gorgeous tall cake! Yummy!

  13. Gorgeous as usual. So excited for your book. Made a buttermilk cake myself today!

    Agree with Amanda on the cheater’s post thing. All for it!



  14. What a beautiful cake! That strawberry buttercream looks amazing. I had strawberry buttercream recently as the sandwich creme for French Macaroons – DELICIOUS!

  15. What a delicious and beautiful cake! Lovely photos 🙂

  16. cynthia says:

    What I wouldn’t give to be a recipient of your cake tests!! I cannot wait for this book and for that chapter — oh my goodness. And this rhubarb buttercream makes my heart go pitter-patter! I can just imagine how lively rhubarb balances out the rich buttercream in the most perfect way. These photos are lovely, and this cake is gorgeous. Can’t wait for the exciting things to come, Sarah!

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  18. Wow that is just beautiful! I love your photographs here, very elegant 🙂

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  23. marc says:

    so do you eat the flowers and branches too? must be a new trend.

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  25. Pauline says:

    Where is the recipe? I want to try this one.

  26. So pretty! Strawberry buttermilk frosting sounds great! The flowers on top are a perfect decoration!

  27. Hi Sarah! I’ve been an infatuated reader of your web log for quite your time currently and haven’t had an opportunity to comment. Your writing and also the manner you write, i continuously forestall to- it’s like taking in an exceedingly Bible in bed! This cake appearance wonderful, i cannot wait till your book of facts comes out.
    Flowers Are too good for decorations, love to read you.

  28. Tara says:

    I love that combination. I want to try for cupcakes

  29. gary says:

    Where’s the Recipe?? tried one link after another and nada. what gives? thank,gary

  30. nath james says:

    This looks fantastic. My mouths watering as i right.
    And rhubarb buttercream, ive never heard of this.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. Delphine Bonds says:

    Why can’t I see the recipe for the buttermilk cake with strawberry buttercream?

  32. This one sounds so perfect for summer! Always love your stories!

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  34. Zoe Findley says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos. Looks amazing. Currently I am searching easy cake recipes for kids. My daughter really likes this article and we are going to try this.

  35. Jessica says:

    The prettiest cake in all the land <3 <3 <3

    Definitely trying out this cake in the near future!

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