My very soon to be 3 year old has definite ideas about her birthday and has asked for a "strawberry birthday cake". I think she has a pink frosted, strawberry flavored traditional cake in mind but I'm only finding box mix + jello cakes in this vein and frankly, I just don't want to go there.
My ideas so far:
1) Make a simple white or yellow cake with a goodly dollop of my homemade strawberry preserves for color and a bit of flavor in both cake and simple frosting. Quick, but it feels almost like cheating.
2) Red Velvet cake with pink frosting. Better, but to get that real "red velvet" look, I believe we're still on the red food coloring train.
3) Skip the "traditional" and go for fruit, whipped cream, and cake in layers. This is what I'd do for an adult, but it doesn't have that birthday look that I think she's expecting.
4) Cupcakes with a whole strawberry inside and outrageous pink piped frosting, topped with another whole berry on top. Just because it sounds like fun and 3 year olds loooove cupcakes.
Any ideas out there? I've got three days to get this together.