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Make a Pretty Pink Cake

Updated on February 1, 2015
Pretty Pink Cake
Pretty Pink Cake | Source

How to make the pink cake

Instead of using food dyes and colouring, the cake is transformed into a pink masterpiece with jelly crystals (jello).

I've heard of cakes made with a pink lemonade mix but I'm not even sure where to buy the mix. Jelly crystals do the job beautifully, giving a pink-on-pink colour, moisture and a definite touch of sweetness..

It's not just little girls who appreciate a pink cake. I do, and so will you.

Lovely Pink Cake
Lovely Pink Cake
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6 -8


  • 125 g butter - softened
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 3/4 pack pink jelly crystals
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Mix together butter, castor sugar and jelly crystals
  2. Add eggs and mix
  3. Fold in flour and milk
  4. Bake at 180C for 35-45 minutes
4 stars from 3 ratings of Pink Cake Recipe
Aeroplane Jelly - from the past
Aeroplane Jelly - from the past

Jelly Crystals

Not sure what jelly crystals are?

From time to time I will get a query about jelly crystals and I've now learned that a packet of jelly crystals is called Jello in some parts of the world.

I use Aeroplane Jelly because I grew up with this brand, singing the advertising jingle and consuming large quantities of lime jelly every summer.

It's an Australian thing.

Pink Icing on a Pink Cake
Pink Icing on a Pink Cake

Pink Icing and Decorations for a Pink Cake

To make an appealing pink icing (frosting) use the rest of the packet of jelly crystals.

Mix together

  • 3 tablespoons butter,
  • 1-1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons warm milk
  • 1/4 packet of red jelly crystals
. .

Add enough icing sugar (confectioner's sugar) to make it spreadable.

Decorate with sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, nonpareils or any pretty toppings that you have in your pantry.

The Pink Cake is ready for the sprinkles

Pink Cake with Pink Icing ready for more decorations
Pink Cake with Pink Icing ready for more decorations

You need a good mixing bowl

KitchenAid Pro Set of 3 Mixing Bowls, Pink
KitchenAid Pro Set of 3 Mixing Bowls, Pink

Nonslip base for safety and a convenient spout for pouring ingredients. Dishwasher safe


How can you resist this Pink Princess cake?

Beautiful cakes for Beginners

I'm starting out with this book to make some really fabulous looking cakes with my little granddaughter.

I've only made plain cakes with her before and it's time for a change.

It's easy enough for beginners like my little Claudia, with clear instructions. step by step details and gorgeous photographs.

Do you like pink cakes?

What cake do you prefer?

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    • savateuse profile image


      3 years ago

      Colouring with jelly crystals is a great idea - thanks for sharing!

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      Virginia Allain 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      It's been ages since I've baked a cake. Maybe hubby would like this for Valentine's Day.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Looks cool enough, I fancy a blue cake (not sure there is any blue jello?)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Now I know that Jello is also called Jelly Crystals - glad to know that. Seeing the pink cake reminded me of my mom. She used to always bake our teacher a heart shaped cake for Valentine's Day with pink icing.

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      4 years ago

      That's a really neat idea. I'd love to do this.

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      Mary Crowther 

      4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      This is so pretty and looks delicious. I will have to make this soon!

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      5 years ago

      This reminds me of the strawberry cake Mom made me every birthday (my request). The only difference was she added frozen strawberries to the mix and frosting along with the jello. It was the prettiest, moistest, yummiest cake!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Oh, I'm very sorry! I left my comment in the wrong place. I do love the looks of your pink cake & cannot wait to make one of my own!

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      How fun to know the differences which are actually so similar. I live in the part of the word that calls it jello. never thought to use it as coloring. that is fantastic!

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      6 years ago

      As soon as I get the ingredients I'm going to try and make it. Looks good.

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      7 years ago

      I wish I could like this lens 1,000 times. I love pink, and I love cake!! Making a cake pink with jello (which I am totally calling jelly crystals from now on) would have never occurred to me, but it looks SO perfect! What a dream come true. ^^

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I would never have thought of adding jelly crystals to a cake mix. Interesting idea and the result looks fabulous

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      7 years ago

      Yummy! And now I am singing the Aeroplane Jelly song from the ad :)

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      7 years ago

      The cake looks scrumptious. Thanks for explaining the jelly crystals. They were a mystery to me.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Love this idea. Never heard of jelly crystals. I'll have to pass this on to my granddaughter, the pastry chef wannabe. :)

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      7 years ago

      love it :) will surely try a pink cake soon.

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting. You got me there looking hungry with the cake!

      bobby jones

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      7 years ago

      I want one!

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. Love the recipe.

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      This sure would go down well with my cup of tea, now drinking :)

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      7 years ago

      Your cake looks so delicious!!

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      7 years ago

      looks yummy never tried it before might aswell now :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Beatiful pink cakes!

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      DogToys LM 

      7 years ago


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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      I do fancy a pink cake. I was also wondering what jelly crystals were--thanks for the explanation! Your recipe sounds delish!!

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      Titia Geertman 

      7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      LOL couldn't take your poll, because one choice was missing: 'none at all'. I'm one of those rare persons who don't like cake in whatever form at all. Friend's birthdays as a kid was a torture, because I don't like cake and I don't like lemonade (don't like coffee or tea either) and I didn't dare to say, so I always ended up being sick.

      Lovely pink lens though.

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      7 years ago

      What a pink-i-licious lens! Makes my mouth water....

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      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Yum! Pink Cake. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      7 years ago

      never heard of a pink cake like this before, looks very tastey though, will have to look out for one.


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