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Best Ever Strawberry Cake Recipe
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Best Ever Strawberry Cake

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"This type of strawberry cake recipe with all-natural strawberry flavoring (no gelatin) is quite rare and difficult to find. This strawberry cake tastes light and fresh, never too sweet. A truly excellent recipe that always turns out fluffy and oh-so moist. Topped with the rich and delicious cream cheese frosting, this cake is truly the best ever. It was a handwritten recipe I found in my mom's recipe book, but I assume she found it elsewhere."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.
  3. Mix pureed strawberries, milk, eggs, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract together in a small bowl; transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  4. Beat flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt into strawberry mixture on Low; add butter and continue beating on Low until evenly combined.
  5. Stop mixer, scrape sides, and beat again for about 30 seconds.
  6. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pans for about 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks to completely cool, about 30 minutes.
  8. Beat cream cheese and butter together in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually beat confectioners' sugar into cream cheese mixture until creamy and fluffy; stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  9. Spread about 1/2 the frosting on top of 1 cake. Place second cake on top of frosting layer; spread the remaining frosting on top of second cake and around sides of both cakes.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • To make strawberry puree, put frozen or fresh strawberries into a blender or food processor and puree.
  • Be sure to use softened butter, NOT melted. Unsalted or salted butter will work. When using salted butter, simply reduce the salt in recipe to 1/2 teaspoon. Also, all-purpose flour works in this recipe, but cake flour is recommended.
  • For sheet cake: Grease and flour one 9x13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes and insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it doesn't come out clean, continue baking in increments of 2 to 3 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.
  • Optional: add 1/2 cup strawberry puree to frosting for extra strawberry flavor.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 17, 2013

Mine came out awesome, but I did do some tweaking, so I gave 4 stars cause I'm not sure how it would have come out with my adjustments. Here's what I did-- first off, I cooked down the frozen strawberries for about 10-15 minutes then strained out the solids with a sieve, pressing out every precious drop of juice ( I had only about a 1/4 cup solids left to discard from about 24 oz berries) I was left with about 1/2 c strawberry reduction. I used 1/2 c whole milk, 1.5 tsp vanilla, 1.5 tsp strawberry extract, 1/4 tsp red food coloring then with the eggs... I only used the whites, and rather than blending them into the milk mixture,I beat them (at room temp) with an electric mixer/whisk attachment, till they had soft peaks and blended them in at the end, only for a short time till they were evenly blended, but not enough to chase out the air. I baked mine in a 10 inch round wilton pan that is 3 in deep, so it took about 40 minutes to cook but will be thick enough to slice through the center to fill. this is THE lightest and airiest cake I've EVER made! Beautifully pink and strawberry flavored!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 14, 2012

The cake lacked flavour. The texture was eggy. Not as moist as I had hoped. Colour not appealing. Sorry I would not make this again.


14 Ratings

Jun 10, 2012

I am happy to be the first reviewer of this recipe! It is quite tasty and VERY rich. A small piece is plenty. The description of this cake says it is light. Though I followed the directions to the letter, my cake was rather heavy and dense. It also took much longer to bake than stated (about 35 minutes). The cake does not have a strong strawberry flavor and the color is far from the usual pink color of most strawberry cakes. The frosting really makes the cake.

Apr 25, 2014

I made this recipe twice. The first time, I made the cake exactly as the recipe specified, and I found the cake to be delicious and light, but somewhat lackluster in strawberry taste. My friends could hardly tell it was a strawberry cake, apart from the icing, which was store-bought strawberry. The second time, I made the cake again in the exact same fashion, but put in considerably more strawberry purée (a little over 2 cups), and completely melted my butter before adding it (just added that to be fair, though I highly doubt it really changed anything). I also added a small handful of diced strawberry pieces to further accentuate the missing strawberry flavor. I decided to actually make the recipe's icing this time as well. The second yield was an enormous improvement over the first. So, as long as you make those small adjustments, this recipe is quite tasty and a strong recommendation.

Jul 01, 2012

I haven't actually tried the cake yet, but it looks and smells fantastic. However, with the addition of the 1/2 strawberry puree to the frosting, it's very thin. I added about another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, plus almost 1/2 cup of flour and some cream of tarter, but it's still pretty loose.

Jul 30, 2014

Thanks to LDamien's advice about whisking the egg whites this cake came out nice and light. I also added the extra strawberry flavoring and didn't blend my strawberries completely so the cakes has some little strawberry pieces which makes it look really nice. Frosting is addictively delicious!

Apr 06, 2014

I made the cake portion of this recipe, with no changes except I only had AP flour not cake flour. I made cupcakes from the batter and they were delicious. Cooked for 20 minutes. They didn't have a strong strawberry flavor, but were moist. Will definitely make this recipe again, and might have to try the frosting next time.

Apr 10, 2015

I love this recipe! I've made it several times now. I don't know why the description calls it light and fluffy, because every time I've made it, it's very dense & rich -- that's my favorite part! The frosting is delish also. The flavor of the cake itself isn't super strawberry-y, especially if you're used to cakes with strawberry gelatin flavor, but it tastes great anyway, and after I decorate it with strawberry halves, it doesn't make much difference. It's great in thin slices with tea. One of my favorites!


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  • Calories
  • 641 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 74.5 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 185 mg
  • 62%
  • Fat
  • 35.1 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 8.7 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 641 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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