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Strawberry Cake

5 from 24 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 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 24 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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. Claudia Mossman

    Please forward vanilla cake recipe.
    I am making it for my boss’s daughter’s baby shower.
    It’s for 50 people. So I thought a sheet cake would be better.
    I’d slice it and add the frosting in the middle. Then frost the top and adorn with baby girl topper and strawberries.
    Your thoughts?
    The mom to be wanted a Balducchis strawberry whipped cream cake.
    Hoping you can add any ideas?
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  2. Emma

    5 stars
    Made this for my husband’s 40th birthday because he absolutely LOVES strawberry whipped cake. I surprised him with baking your recipe and using your vanilla cake recipe too. Recipe was easy to follow and was soooo delicious. I was afraid of it coming out dry but was surprisingly moist and sooooo yummy! My husband has requested that I make this every year now lol. I usually just order from Freeds Bakery but my husband loves home made things so figured I try this out and was so happy about the outcome! I’d like to post pictures of the cake but it doesn’t give me an option 🥲 I didn’t split the cake

  3. Calix

    5 stars
    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.

    I used Lauren’s vanilla cake recipe (not her friend’s) and it was deliciously dense and vanilla-y. The whipped cream filling/topping are superior to traditional frostings–not so sweet, even more flavorful. I love the diced up strawberries in the whipped cream to apply between layers. It was fun to decorate the top with fresh cut strawberries.

    I’m so glad I took a gamble on this. It was an ideal summer cake and a big hit.

  4. Tiffany

    5 stars
    Just popping in to say thank you for this recipe!

    I used fresh picked strawberries from the berry farm down the road and thought this cake was perfect! I cut the recipe in half and only used a single 8 inch pan and it turned out wonderfully.

    Tastes like summer!

  5. Paul

    5 stars
    Baked this for my daughter celebrating a school achievement and she said it was one of the best things she’s ever eaten. Thank you for a fantastic recipe.

  6. Sarah

    5 stars
    I made this for my birthday – it came out really nice! The cake was easy to make but I would suggest using 6inch pans for thicker cakes – I had only 9in pans available and the cakes were too thin to cut in half. The cake had a great vanilla taste and was very moist – however it wasn’t as light and fluffy as I wanted it to be – but that could be from not cooking it longer or over mixing – not sure yet! As for the whipping cream, it was super easy to make too and had a very nice soft sweetness to it! I would probably put 1cup of powder sugar in it next time though instead of 1/2 since my strawberries were slightly tangy! This is my second cake that I’ve tried so far and I’m very pleased! Looking forward to making it again!