Strawberry Marshmallow Cake (and a Birthday Party)

Dreamy strawberry marshmallow frosting that's filled with marshmallow fluff and sweet fresh strawberries!

A few weeks ago, on a Sunday evening just about 30 minutes out from bedtime, P told me that it was her babydoll's birthday.

Her babydoll has been her baby for years. And when P received her from her grandma, we just started calling her 'babydoll.' Since then, she has become Babydoll, with a capital B. Whenever someone asks Penelope what her baby's name is, Penelope responds Babydoll. And when the other person says, yes I know, but what is her name? Penelope looks all confused like, didn't I just tell you her name?

Pillars of creativity, we are.

In any event, Penelope informed me that it was Babydoll's birthday and asked if we could make a strawberry cake for the occasion. I apologized to Penelope for my oversight about Babydoll's birthday and for being completely unprepared for such an event. We decided to celebrate the following weekend and make a real cake for the party.

During the week, I found a recipe for a mini cake and started thinking about how we could make this strawberry cake. Then, Penelope threw a wrench into the equation when she let me know that actually, Babydoll wanted a strawberry marshmallow cake. I had never really heard of such a thing, but who am I to object to Babydoll's choice of cake, amiright?

Penelope and I baked a little yellow cake for the occasion and invited her best friend over for the party. The girls got Babydoll all set up in her chair and everything, all on their own, and I just about died from the cuteness.

But let's talk about the dreamy strawberry marshmallow part.

I used this recipe from Dessert for Two for the little cake (minus the funfetti) and it was perfect for this occasion. We needed a tiny cake for a tiny party and this was simple and delicious. And the frosting? I started with a basic buttercream, and then added in some chopped fresh strawberries and marshmallow creme. The marshmallow made the frosting extra fluffy, while the fresh strawberries gave a nice burst of brightness as well as a pretty, naturally-pink color.

I'm no cake decorator, as you know, but we did the best we could with some strawberries and mini marshmallows on top. The girls, and Babydoll, loved it. And Shaun and I thought it was pretty glorious as well.

We had a little party on the terrace on one of the last gorgeous days of the season. I think the party, and the cake, was a hit!

Strawberry Marshmallow Buttercream
*makes frosting for 1 small round cake
4 Tbsp butter, softened
1 C confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 C marshmallow creme
3 Tbsp chopped strawberries

In a mixing bowl, blend together the butter and confectioners sugar. Add in the vanilla and beat together until smooth and fluffy. Add the strawberries and mix until completely combined and you have a pretty pink frosting with small bits of strawberries. Fold in the marshmallow creme. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to frost the cake. Frost cake and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.