Strawberry Cake

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This amazing Strawberry Cake is bursting with strawberry flavor! Made with real strawberries in the cake layers, filled with sweet Strawberry Jam, and topped with a tangy Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, it’s a treat you won’t want to miss.

It took me three tries to get this cake just right, but it was totally worth it! The cake layers are fluffy and light, the jam is sweet and rich, and the frosting? Oh, it’s creamy, tangy, and absolutely irresistible.

You’ll taste the fruity goodness in every bite of this dessert, thanks to the real strawberries used. Trust me, this cake has quickly become a favorite in my kitchen!

Here are some easy tips to make this delicious strawberry cake:

  • When making the strawberry puree, make sure to reduce it to 3/4 cup. You’ll use half for the cake batter and the other half for the frosting. You can keep the puree in the fridge for up to two days.
  • Let the buttermilk, sour cream, and eggs come to room temperature before using them in the recipe.
  • Make sure the butter and cream cheese are also at room temperature.
  • Prep your cake pans by spraying them with oil and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter once you add the flour ingredients.
  • Bake the cake just until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  • If you’re not assembling the cake right away, wrap it tightly with plastic and freeze it instead of refrigerating.
  • Don’t overbeat the frosting once you add the cream cheese.
  • You can make the jam up to a week ahead—it keeps well in the fridge.

Why will you love this Strawberry Cake? Well, imagine moist, flavorful cake layers, sweet jam filling, and creamy frosting—all bursting with bold strawberry flavor! It’s perfect for any occasion, from Mother’s Day to Easter or any spring or summer event.

Despite the multiple steps, this recipe is fairly simple, and you can even prepare parts of it in advance. Plus, you can use store-bought jam to save time.

No matter what, you’re in for a treat with this incredible cake!

Strawberry Cake

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12


Strawberry Puree:

  • – 16 oz strawberries

Strawberry Cake Batter:

  • – 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • – 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • – 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • – 1/4 tsp salt
  • – 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • – 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • – 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • – 3 large eggs room temperature
  • – 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • – 1/2 cup sour cream
  • – 1/2 cup strawberry puree
  • – 1/2 cup buttermilk

Strawberry Jam:

  • – 16 oz quartered strawberries
  • – 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • – 2 tbsp lemon juice

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • – 1 cup unsalted butter
  • – 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • – 5 cups powdered sugar
  • – 1/4 cup strawberry puree

To decorate:

  • – Strawberries sliced in half


Strawberry Puree

  • Place the strawberries in a blender. Blend until the strawberries becomes a puree.
  • Pour the pureed strawberries in a medium saucepan, place over medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer, and stir often.
  • Cook the puree until it reduces to 3/4 cup. You will use 1/2 cup for the cake, and 1/4 cup for the buttercream frosting. It can take 10 minutes or a bit longer to reduce the puree to 3/4 cup. It depends on how high the heat is.
  • Remember to stir occasionally, and you can measure the puree by pouring in a heat-safe measuring cup, if you still have over 3/4 cups, return the puree to the pan, cook a bit longer, and measure again.
  • Once you have 3/4 cups, pour in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the puree so it doesn’t form a crust. Let the puree cool down.

Strawberry Cake Batter

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Grease and line the bottom of 3 8-inch cake pans with a circle of parchment paper. Grease the parchment and the sides of the pan as well.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the butter at medium speed for 30 seconds. You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
  • Add the granulated sugar, the oil, and beat together with the butter for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Scrape the bowl every so often to ensure everything is getting nicely incorporated together.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated before adding the next egg.
  • Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Pour the sour cream, and 1/2 cup of the strawberry puree in the bowl and mix. You can place the remaining strawberry puree in the fridge, covered, to use in the frosting later.
  • At this point, you can add a couple of drops of pink food coloring to the cake if desired.
  • Add half of the buttermilk to the bowl and mix on low.
  • Add half of the dry ingredient mixture and stir to combine
  • Add the remaining buttermilk and mix.
  • Finish by adding the last half of the dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • You can also use the spatula instead of the mixer to fold the batter during this final stage. Avoid over mixing, to prevent the cake from turning out dry.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 3 pans.


  • Bake the Strawberry cake layers in the pre-heated oven for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes off clean when inserted in the cake.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool down in the pan for 10 minutes. Then flip the cakes onto a wire rack until they have cooled completely.
  • If not using the cake layers on the same day, wrap them in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until you are ready to use. Keeping the cake layers frozen will be better than in the fridge to retain moisture.

Strawberry Jam

  • Add the chopped strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a saucepan.
  • Cook the strawberries, stirring occasionally, at medium-high heat.
  • When the strawberries come to a boil, turn the heat down and continue to cook at medium-low heat.
  • Cook until a thermometer reads between 200 and 220ºF. The jam will be dark, and thick. If it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, turn the heat down even lower.
  • If you don’t have a thermometer, simply stop cooking them jam once it is dark, thick, and reduced.
  • Remove the jam to a bowl, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the jam, and let it cool down. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before using.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat the butter in the bowl of a mixer for 30 seconds. Add the cream cheese and beat for another 30 seconds on medium-speed.
  • Add half of the powdered sugar, mix on low until combined. Raise the speed and beat on medium speed for just a few seconds.
  • Add the strawberry puree and mix on low.
  • Add the remaining powdered sugar, mix on low, and then raise the speed to medium-high, and beat for one minute.
  • If the frosting is too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar to make it thicker.

Assemble the cake

  • To assemble the cake, place a cake layer on a cake plate.
  • Spread a thin layer of the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting on top of the cake.
  • Place some of the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.
  • Pipe a ring of frosting around the edges of the cake.
  • Spread a layer of jam inside the ring of frosting.
  • Top with another cake layer.
  • Repeat the process by spreading a layer of frosting on the cake, then piping a ring of frosting around the edges, and filling the center with jam.
  • Top with the final cake layer.
  • Spread a thin amount of frosting on top of the cake and on the sides. Use an offset spatula, or a cake scraper to smooth out the frosting. This is called crumb coating, it helps seal the crumbs in, and makes it easier to smooth out the final coating of frosting.
  • Place the cake in the fridge until this layer of frosting has chilled, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • While the cake is in the fridge, prepare the strawberries. Slice them in half lengthwise and place them facing down on a paper towel lined plate or tray, to drain the strawberries of any excess water.
  • Remove the cake from the fridge and spread the remaining frosting on top of the cake and on the sides.
  • Use the cake scraper to smooth out the frosting by placing it on the side of the cake, and keeping it steady as you spin the turntable around.
  • Smooth out the top of the cake using an offset spatula, swiping it over the edges of the cake gently towards you.
  • Place the halved strawberries all over the cake.


Store the leftover cake slices in the fridge, in an air-tight container.
If freezing the cake, wrap it in plastic and place in air-tight container, and remove the fresh strawberries.
  • Jam: It’s ok to use store-bought jam if you don’t want to make your own jam.
  • Buttermilk, eggs, sour cream: Make sure these ingredients are at room temperature. Just remove them from the fridge about 20 or 30 minutes before you have to use them in the recipe.
  • Butter: The butter also needs to be softened, but it can take longer than 20 minutes to soften butter. It’s ideal that it’s at 72ºF.
  • Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk, simply add a teaspoon of vinegar to regular milk, let it sit for 2 minutes, and use in the recipe.
  • Sour cream: You can use yogurt instead of sour cream. I prefer full fat greek yogurt.
  • Strawberries: You can use either frozen or fresh strawberries for all the steps of the recipe.

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