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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
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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 2 years ago

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

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      Virginia Allain 2 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 2 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 2 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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      snowwhitecat2014 3 years ago

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

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