Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

My little one turned 6 yesterday and as has been the tradition in my half-chocolate half-vanilla lover family, I made a simple vanilla cake filled with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream for my vanilla cake lover.
Vanilla Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

It’s a 2 layer 9 inch cake which required about 5 cups of Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I added about 3/4 cup of fresh strawberry puree to 1/3rd the frosting to use as a filling between the two layers and also for the crumb coat. However, as it was my first time piping ruffles I decided to do it with plain vanilla swiss meringue frosting rather than strawberry flavored. The ruffles didn’t turn out to be as neat I would have liked them to be but as they say practice makes a man perfect.

After I finished piping the entire cake I realized that I didn’t have any space to write the birthday girls’ name. What good is a birthday cake without the birthday girl’s name, so I decided to go in for a DIY bunting banner with my girls’ craft supplies. All it took was a couple of straws, some construction paper, scissors, ribbon, stickers and marker and I had a beaming 6 year old, Alhamdulillah (all praises to Allah).

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