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A Beet Red Velvet Cake For My Pink Princess

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Something changed in me when I had my daughter. It happened to my husband, as well. After bringing two beautiful boys into the world, we knew we would be happy with a healthy baby, girl or boy. My husband did admit that he secretly wanted a girl. I, on the other hand, was terrified to have a girl. I had two boys, I knew how to raise and take care of boys. I had everything ready for another boy. When I learned we were having a girl, something changed.

I became excited. I went through a nesting stage that I never experienced with the two boys. I spent hours scouring the website examining girls’ rooms and came up with a two-tone pink room with white bead board. My husband handled my obsession well, and put the room together as I so meticulously specified.

Our life has been full of pink since then.

Pink blankets. Pink tights. Pink dresses. Pink barrettes.

My daughter turned six this week. She still adores pink. And dresses. And butterflies. And flowers. And glitter.

She’s a very girly girl. Yet, she’s tough, too. You have to be if you are the youngest of three, with two older brothers.

Quite a contradiction.

I have been making her pink birthday cakes from the beginning.

They started simple and have turned a bit on the elaborate side.

From pink flowers on top:

To Pink Strawberry Cupcakes:

A dash of purple with these horrifically yummy and artificially colored & flavored Grape Kool-Aid Mini Cupcakes:

And for this year, an All-Natural Beet Red Velvet Cake, using no artificial colors or flavors:

More contradictions.

But she doesn’t mind. My girly girl loves them all.

She’s just like her mom, you know.

I like all kinds of shoes. I like jeans with bling. I like my yoga pants. I like my science fiction. I’m an artist. I’m good with numbers.

I’m full of contradictions, too.

UPDATE: Stella, from Gilt Taste, wrote this great post:

The Unknown History of Red Velvet Cake
No beets, no sugar shortages. How America’s most nostalgic cake really came to be.

A great read. Check it out here!

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12 Responses to A Beet Red Velvet Cake For My Pink Princess

  1. That is a gorgeous cake. Like you my third child was a daughter (after two boys). Caroline is a wonderful girly girl…and I think you and I can appreciate how much fun that is…but oh how much work it is after having two boys (which to me always seem easy).
    Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful, and natural, recipe.

  2. What a great post! Such a sweet tribute to your girly girl ;-)

    This cake is really great and the fact that it is natural is just fantastic

  3. Lizzy at #

    What a stunning cake…and beets are so much better than all that red food coloring. My 23 y/o daughter asked for red velvet cake for her birthday this year!

  4. wonderful! I love contradictions: we all are full of them, we have black&white;, yin&yang…; xoxo, Valentina from Italy*

  5. Pretty!!! I love red velvet… would love to try an all-natural variety. Does it still taste like red velvet cake?

  6. Love it! Happy birthday to your princess!

  7. @RecipeGirl This beet cake is more dense than traditional red velvet and has a fruity flavor. I'm not a fan of traditional red velvet, which is chocolate based cake. The beet cake only has about 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.

  8. This cake is so pretty and perfect for your daughter! i love that you colored it with beets instead of food coloring!

  9. Girls are often treated with extra time and attention and I can't really blame you if you will find extra preference on "pink objects".

  10. In defense for my boys, I've made plenty of Batman, volcano, football and soccer cakes. Even a giant Lego cake!

  11. Dzoli at #

    I am 14 years younger than my brother.My mother was 30 when she got me..unexpected the clock was ticking..almost.My grandma told me she was at ourt place when they called her from the hospital to tell her it was a girl and everything looked ok.She tought my mom won the Lotto;))(love that story)
    And I have a little princess now myself and you are right to spoil her :))

  12. Ann at #

    A beautiful cake (as are all the others) and a delightful tribute to your daughter. Please wish her happy birthday!

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