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Strawberry Cake

5 from 22 votes

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This Strawberry Cake recipe is based on my Homemade Vanilla Cake and is the perfect creamy dessert for summer! Light, refreshing, and sweet enough to satisfy any craving!

strawberry cake

Summer is Strawberry Season

You guys are just going to DIE when you try this Homemade Strawberry Cake. A few months ago, I had a version of a similar cake and I’ve been dreaming of making my own ever since…but bigger and better! I was at the store and saw some amazing strawberries that I couldn’t pass up. Strawberries are in season and I can tell by how big, juicy and naturally sweet they are…perfect for a cake!

strawberry layer cake

Tips for Success with Homemade Strawberry Cake

  • Use my Vanilla Cake Recipe or one of your favorites. I also have a vegan cake recipe!
  • Use fresh strawberries! Frozen strawberries won’t work as well or taste as good in this recipe. You can also sub out strawberries for any kind of berry that is in season and still have a delicious cake!
  • Feel free to add a few drops of red food coloring to the frosting to make it a lovely pink color. (Totally optional!)
  • Wait until the vanilla cake layers have cooled completely before adding the frosting.
  • Make homemade whipped cream! It tastes 1000% better than store bought and super simple. Here is my ultimate whipped cream guide.

Love cake? Me too! Try these other cake recipes out: Favorite Coconut CakeBlack Forest Cake RecipeThe Best Chocolate Cake Recipe, and Double Vanilla Sour Cream Cupcakes.

How to Make Strawberry Cake

This strawberry cake is fairly simple to make! Bake the cake then cool, whip up the strawberries and cream frosting then layer and frost. Refrigerate then voila! For the full recipe check out the recipe card down below.

Make the Vanilla Cake

Start by making the cake. My vanilla cake recipe has very simple ingredients that you likely have on hand already.

Once the cakes are baked thoroughly, I popped them out of the pans to cool completely. Hot cake + whipped cream = melty mess. Be patient, and wait it out.

Once they’re cool, slice them both down the middle to create 4 layers.

strawberry whipped cream cake

Make the Whipped Cream Frosting

Ok, now comes the fun part! Whip heavy whipping cream with vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.

Divide the cream in half and set aside to use for frosting the outside of the cake. Take the other half of the whipped cream and mix with diced fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Cake Filling

Fill the Layers of the Cake

Layer your cake using the strawberries and cream as the filling.

strawberry and cream cake

Frost the Cake

Frost the whole thing using the plain whipped cream set aside earlier. Then take a few extra berries and decorate the top of the strawberry cake.

Frosted white cream cake

Refrigerate

Refrigerate 4 hours to overnight to set completely (so it will cut nicely). Slice and serve.

Nothing hard about this cake at all. And you can see that I purposely didn’t smooth the sides. I love the look of an unperfected cake.

white cake with strawberries on top

Storing Leftover Strawberry Cake

Any leftover strawberry cake can be kept in the fridge, covered for up to 5 days. I would finish it sooner rather than later though. Perfect to enjoy cold on a hot summer day. 🙂

More Strawberry Recipes to Love!

I love love loved this strawberry cake. It was fresh, creamy, cold, sweet, light and refreshing. So amazing and overall pretty impressive looking for minimal work. Try it out this weekend! I’m pretty positive you’ll fall in love with this cake too!

Printable recipe below! Have a wonderful weekend, friends! xo

What others are saying about this Recipe:

“I made this today for my friends bridal shower! It turned out AMAZING. I got some many compliments and the entire cake was gone in an hour. It was so moist and not too sweet. Perfect for a summer event. Thank you so much!” ~ Taylor

“I made this cake yesterday and it is so delicious!” ~ Candi

“I made this cake and my dad said it was the best cake he’s ever had. That’s a big compliment! It was so summery and fresh! Who doesn’t love strawberries and cream?? Thanks for the recipe!” ~ Maya

“Made this for the second time a few weeks ago, this time for my daughter’s birthday. It was delicious, as always!” ~ Lindsay

“I made this for my mom who loves anything reminiscent of strawberry short cake. This Strawberry Cake recipe is FLAWLESS. One of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted.” ~ Calix

5 from 22 votes

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

This homemade Strawberry Cake recipe is the perfect creamy dessert for summer! Light, refreshing, and sweet enough to satisfy any craving!
servings 12 servings
Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe of my Vanilla Cake Recipe or any other vanilla cake recipe you choose
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh diced strawberries + more for garnish

Instructions

  • Make vanilla cake according to recipe. Cool completely. Slice cakes in half lengthwise to create 4 layers.
  • Whip heavy cream with vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Remove half of the cream and set aside. Stir diced strawberries into the remaining cream.
  • Place one layer of cake onto a serving platter. Spread 1/3 of the strawberries and cream filling overtop. Add another layer of cake and continue layering until all 4 layers are in tact. If filling looks like it's being pushed out from the sides of the cake, simply scrape the edges to even everything out. Frost the entire cake with remaining plain whipped cream. Top with sliced strawberries as a garnish.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours to overnight to set completely (so it will cut nicely). Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cake, strawberry cake filling, strawberry cake recipe

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  1. Heather Kinder

    5 stars
    Made this cake today, minor change was I did it in a 9×13 dish and only 1 layer of strawberries and cream, my round pans have vanished and I improvised in a pinch. Cake was simple and delicious which was exactly what I was going for. This will definitely be my family gathering go to from now on.

  2. Marj Thorp

    5 stars
    I made this cake this afternoon (during quarantine) and it turned out amazing. I’v’e looked for a home-made white cake recipe for so long, tried a lot of recipes that were like Pound cakes, literally weighed a pound, so I was hesitant that this was going to work but it turned out amazing. Your note that many people did not have any luck with the recipe made me hesitate to make it but I had all the ingredients on hand so thought “what the heck”. It’s lovely, light and moist. Perfect for Strawberry Shortcake which is what my husband asked for. Tea is ready, so time for dessert. This is definitely a keeper.

  3. Sandy

    5 stars
    I know this cake us going to be a keeper. I love strawberrys and whipping cream and cake. This sounds so devine zi cant wait to make it. I have lots of strawberries in my freezer just for this kind of suprise. Yummy.

  4. Taylor

    5 stars
    I made this today for my friends bridal shower! It turned out AMAZING. I got some many compliments and the entire cake was gone in an hour. It was so moist and not too sweet. Perfect for a summer event. Thank you so much!

  5. Lynn Amwake

    I saw a recipe for whipped cream icing on Pinterest. They used a pint of whipping cream and beat in a box of white chocolate pudding along with 1/3 cup confectioners sugar. They said this stabilizes the icing and it stays on the cake for days.

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    1. Lauren

      Well, as long as you’re careful, it should be fine. Just be sure to do your best in keeping it refrigerated leading up to the transport time. If it is too warm out, the whipped cream can melt.

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  9. Maya

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren, I made this cake and my dad said it was the best cake he’s ever had. That’s a big compliment! It was so summery and fresh! Who doesn’t love strawberries and cream?? Thanks for the recipe!

  10. viv

    Hello, this recipe sounds amazing!
    Definitely will give this a try. Did you use heaving whipping cream or just really heavy cream? or is there a difference?

  11. Sandra

    I just made this cake today forr my husband. It was his birthday. Its a great cake but the measurements for the baking powder and baking soda are wrong. I put 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of baking powder as the recipe says and we couldn’t eat the cake once it was made. It tasted so bitter. I have a feeling it’s suppose to be 1tsp of baking soda and 1tsp parking powder. Please have a look at the recipe and make changes. I felt bad that my hubby and my kids couldn’t eat the cake ?

  12. Lindsay Havens

    5 stars
    Made this for the second time a few weeks ago, this time for my daughter’s birthday. It was delicious, as always!

    Here’s a link to a picture!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152797244412985&l=91dfe96b44

  13. Melissa D

    5 stars
    Since it’s so hot in Atlanta, I dissolve a bit of unflavored gelatin in my whipping cream before beating it to help keep it from sliding off the cake. 🙂

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  16. Lindsay Havens

    5 stars
    I made this cake a few days ago and it was a huge hit! Oh man, so moist and delicious! My husband has request I make one for the office and for this to be his new birthday cake! LOL

    I’m thinking of adding banana to the cake recipe. .

    Thanks SO much for sharing! I’ll definitely be adding this to my recipes!

      1. Sarah

        Thank you Lauren! I did end up using a pound cake recipe (just a basic one from a cake mix) and this frosting for my daughter’s birthday yesterday and it was a HIT! My daughter wanted a strawberry shortcake birthday cake (she’s 5). It turned out amazing! I made it the night before and it was a perfect summer treat! Thank you!! PS – a good tip to cutting the cakes in half to make the 4 layers is to freeze the individual rounds for a few hours and then cut them while they’re frozen and then frost. 🙂

  17. janine trozzolo

    I’m so excited to try this! It reminds me of my wedding cake – I had a morning wedding, and we had a cake like this, but one layer was strawberries with a little Grand Marnier, which soaked lightly into the cake.

  18. Pat

    5 stars
    This cake is going to be a very good finish to the Father’s Day cookout! AND, Lauren, I saw a shoutout for you on Brown Eyed Baker Weekend Dish.
    “Ritz Krispie Treats (Lauren’s Latest)
    These are genius, just like Rice Krispie treats, but with Ritz crackers instead of cereal. Yummmm….
    Happy Father’s Day to all the Papas out there.

  19. Karen

    5 stars
    Beautiful cake, and I know it will all meld together and taste wonderfully fresh and creamy with pops of juicy strawberries…..can’t imagine anything better. Thank you.
    It is gorgeous to look at too…showstopper!

  20. Ashton

    omg, this looks amazing. I love that you re-created a restaurant fave!! One of my favorite things to do 🙂 And I bet yours is so much better!

  21. Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    So simple and impressive, I love it! Perfect way to showcase the gorgeous, gorgeous berries everywhere right now.

  22. Becky @ Project Domestication

    This is gorgeous. I love how simple yet refined it is. Definitely a keeper to make each summer. Looks like a lot of us did strawberry recipes for #eatseasonal this month. THEY ARE THE BEST! 🙂

  23. Lindsay Ann @ Lindsay Ann Bakes

    Saw when you posted this in instagram and so excited to see how simple the recipe actually is! Looks so fluffy, light and fruity… really is the perfect summer dessert!!!

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