Strawberry Milkshake Cake

Strawberry Milkshake Cake | The Sweetest Occasion

A big shout out today to all of my fellow cake lovers! This post is for you. Our girl Melina of Sugary & Buttery has gone and done it again. Today she’s sharing her cake recipe for a strawberry milkshake cake that pretty much has me brainstorming excuses to have friends over so I can make this cake. Um, not that you need an excuse to eat cake. Cake is its own national holiday if you ask me. But seriously. This cake makes the ultimate treat for a birthday party, a bridal shower or Mother’s Day brunch. Because it’s pink and loaded with things like yummy strawberry puree. Yummy! A huge, massive thank you to Melina for sharing! (And, seriously, don’t forget to bounce over and pay her a visit. Her recipes are all divine.)

Strawberry Milkshake Cake | The Sweetest Occasion

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For the Cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted Challenge butter, room temperature
  • 4-1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups of milk (reserved for later)

For the Frosting

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sweetened strawberry puree, room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C and butter and flour three 6 inch cake pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add a third of your milk-egg mixture and a third of your flour mixture while running your mixer on low speed until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour and milk mixtures in 2 separate batches while continuing to run your mixer on low speed. Stop the mixer when incorporated.Spread the batter evenly among the cake pans and smooth out the batter. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until the cakes are golden and a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely on a cooling rack. When cool, cut off the tops and pour some of the milk on top of the cakes.

Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. With the mixer running on low speed, add the butter piece by piece. Turn up the speed and beat for about 5 mins. Add the sifted powdered sugar and keep beating, then add the strawberry puree. Make sure all ingredients have the same temperature to prevent the frosting from curdling up! Beat until incorporated then assemble and frost your cake. (See Melina’s tutorial for tips!)

Strawberry Milkshake Cake | The Sweetest Occasion

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[Photos + recipe by Sugary & Buttery.]

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Color Palette: Mint Julep + Gossamer

Good morning, friends! Coming at you live this morning from the Atlanta airport en route to Charleston. I’ll be in Charleston on business through the first part of the week before taking off from there directly to Montana for my glamping adventure. I’m already pretty much planning on being completely exhausted by the time I get home in the wee hours of next Monday morning. That said, today’s color palette is all about this gorgeous mint julep. And because it’s derby week, that seems particularly fitting, doesn’t it? Here’s wishing you a particularly beautiful week! Don’t forget to follow along with my travels on Instagram. The shenanigans are sure to be plenty!

Color Palette: Mint Julep and Gossamer

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[Photos, from top: Jose Villa from Style Me Pretty | The Why We Love for The City Sage | Rustic White for Occasions.]

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Thank You, Friends + Friday Link Love

I’m going to be on set at a shoot all day today so I’m calling it a wrap a little early this week! I couldn’t go MIA though without extending a huge massive bear hug of a thank you to each and everyone one of you. Your support this week in response to this post was so overwhelming. So many heartfelt emails, messages and comments. Seriously, you guys are all amazing. Also, somehow The Sweetest Occasion surpassed 100,000 Facebook fans yesterday. What?! That is just insanity to me. Seriously, you guys are the best friends a girl could ask for, picking me up when I’m down and being the best damn cheerleaders a lady could ever need. So, again. Huge bear hugs from me to you. I owe you all big time! Enough mushy talk. Let’s roll with the Friday Link Love! xoxo

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[Photo by Tec Petaja from Oh My Deer.]

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What to Pack: Girls Gone Glamping

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Guys. Remember earlier in the week when I was having a bit of a moment and mentioned I would be traveling much of next month? Well, let’s just say one of those trips is an adventure of epic proportions that I can’t wait to tell you about. Next Thursday I’ll be boarding a plane with one of my best girls in tow and we’re off to Montana for the most incredible glamping trip. We’re talking crazy luxe accommodations at Paws Up, a ranch that is already blowing my mind with its combination of rustic wilderness and resort quality amenities. (Um, yeah, can you say ‘paradoxical paradise’?) Horse back riding. Massages. Giant campfires. Get out of town. I am literally dying I am so excited. (Only, you know, not literally.)

Glamping at Paws Up | The Sweetest Occasion

So, what’s the scoop? This summer Skinny Cow is hosting the most incredible promotion I’ve ever heard of, offering nine grand prize winners (and their BFFs, of course) the opportunity to go on their own amazing glamping trip to Paws Up, while encouraging all of us ladies to indulge in having it all at the same time! (You know, kind of like Skinny Cow’s yummy guilt-free ice cream and candy treats! And you know this lady loves treats.) As a part of that, they’ve invited a handful of super lucky bloggers to go out to Montana, soak in the sights, explore the ranch and enjoy all the trappings that glamping has to offer. Of course, then we get to bombard you with photos, rave about all the delicious food and pretty things, and get you really excited about entering for your chance to win! Are you game? Are you in? You have to be in it to win it, don’t forget. (Because I really really hope one of you wins! Visit Skinny Cow for all the details and get yourself in the running to win a luxury glamping trip of your very own!)

What to Pack: Girls Gone Glamping | The Sweetest Occasion

First thing’s first though. Packing! You all know I love camping like it’s my job. Seriously. Send me off into the woods with a pair of flip flops and a tent and I’m pretty much set. Granted, I usually try to remember snacks and SPF, too. (Ok, ok. The air mattress and a set of really nice sheets are also always in tow.) But give me the opportunity to glamp it up and this girl is on board quicker than a flash of lightning. Because if there’s one thing I love as much as camping it’s pretending I’m fancy. (And do not even get me started on how much I love massages. It’s a whole lot.) So today I’m sharing my picks for what to pack when going glamping! Be sure to follow along on Instagram where I’ll be sharing the trip in real time and stay tuned for all the behind the scenes details from our amazing trip. (And, you know, enter to win! Because you know you want to. xoxo)

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[What to Pack | This hair scarf. Because fashionable glampers need to keep those locked tames while riding horseback. | This glam bathing suit. For evenings spent relaxing in the hot tub. | This sparkly watch. Because you still need to know what time it is, even when glamping. | This suede tote. For stashing all your glamorous goods. | These floral wellies. For ensuring your feet stay dry when exploring the ranch. | This glass water bottle. Because it's the prettiest way to stay hydrated in the wilderness. | This Instax camera. For taking fun snapshots along the way. | This Happy Camper tee. For lounging around your cabin after hours. | This luxe tinted moisturizer. Because your skin will look flawless without having to be a slave to makeup.]

Girls Gone Glamping

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A Birthday Craft Camp Party

As a lady who adores a good craft project, I’m definitely in love with today’s birthday party shared by Alivia Gibbens of Bracket. Planned as a joint birthday celebration (um, which in and of itself is so fun) Alivia planned the day around a cheeky craft camp theme designed with grown-ups in mind. Guests celebrated by spending the afternoon crafting pretty beaded necklaces and all of the details were designed with summer camp in mind. Each room in the house had a cabin number and guests received mixed CDs, temporary tattoo friendship bracelets, and wood ‘badges’ to get in the mood. Isn’t that just so fun? My favorite part by far is the awesome party backdrop made with colorful popsicle sticks! This one really has me wanting to host a craft party, fo sho.

Custom Birthday Headband | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

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A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Beaded Necklace | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

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[Event design + photography by Bracket.]

Vendors + Sources -
Birthday banner, birthday headband, wooden cutlery + cupcake toppers from Bracket
Paper + stationery design by Alivia Gibbens of Bracket
Wooden beads from The Beaded Bead + Lindsay Streem DIY

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