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Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe

Fresh strawberry cake

This Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe is light, fluffy and bursting with fresh berries. It is perfect for a summer treat or any celebration.

Hello there, my friend 👋! Ready to make a super delicious cake? This fresh strawberry cake is so easy to make and tastes amazing.

The fresh strawberries give it a sweet, summer flavor.

Let’s get started.

Utensils You Need

These are the utensils and/or equipment you need to make this recipe:

  1. Two large mixing bowls.
  2. Several smaller mixing bowls.
  3. A whisk.
  4. Round cake pans (9 inch or 8 inch).
  5. A hand mixer or stand mixer.
  6. Oven mitts.
  7. Spatula
  8. Wire racks.
  9. Serving plates.

The Recipe

Fresh strawberry cake

Fresh Strawberry Cake

This fresh strawberry cake is made with a moist vanilla cake base and topped with a sweet strawberry buttercream frosting.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 400 kcal


For the cake:

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

For the strawberry buttercream frosting:

  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the milk to the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Blend until just combined – don’t overmix!
  • Stir in the finely chopped strawberries until evenly distributed.
  • Divide the batter between your prepared pans.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans for 15-20 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the strawberry buttercream frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and finely chopped strawberries.

Assemble and frost the cake:

  • Level the tops of the cakes if needed for a flat stacking surface.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with a layer of strawberry frosting.
  • Place the second cake layer on top and frost the entire cake with the remaining frosting.


  1. Use fresh, sweet strawberries for the best flavor. Frozen strawberries may be used, but be sure to thaw and drain them well before chopping.
  2. For an extra explosion of strawberry flavor, add a thin layer of strawberry preserves between the cake layers.
Keyword buttercream frosting, strawberry cake, summer dessert, vanilla cake

Alternative Ingredients

If you don’t have the ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below.

All-purpose flourCake flour, whole-wheat flour
Unsalted butterSalted butter (reduce salt in recipe), shortening, vegan butter substitute
MilkButtermilk, sour cream thinned with a little water, non-dairy alternative
Granulated sugarBrown sugar, honey, maple syrup

What to Serve with Fresh Strawberry Cake

This cake is delicious on its own, but you can also try pairing it with:

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Whipped cream.
  • Fresh fruit salad.
  • A tall glass of iced tea or lemonade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my cake dry?

Overbaking or overmixing can lead to a dry cake. Check for doneness with a toothpick at the minimum bake time and be sure not to overmix the batter.

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

You can prepare the cake layers and frosting a day in advance. Store the cake layers wrapped in plastic at room temperature, and store the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long can I store leftover cake?

Store leftover cake covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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