the BEST Homemade Strawberry Cake

This homemade strawberry cake has the BEST fresh strawberry flavor which gets amped up by the use of strawberry Jello. This homemade cake recipe is so easy to make from scratch, using fresh OR frozen strawberries, and will be a favorite in your home. Be sure to top it with my delicious strawberry cake frosting!

the BEST homemade strawberry cake (with strawberry Jello)

This is an easy strawberry cake that does NOT use a white cake mix as its base. This strawberry cake from scratch recipe is super, super easy so please don't run off scared and think you can't make this. You totally can! I just want to be upfront and let you know ASAP that, although I use Jello in my cake, this isn't one of the cake mix + jello recipes.

Homemade strawberry cake is about as summer as summer can get. The best way to spend a summer evening, in my opinion, is sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and strawberry cake. I'll take a puppy on my feet, a happy teenager on the hammock, and the sounds of a busy neighborhood all around.

Can you see it? Can you hear it?

Simply the best. 🎵Better than  all the rest 🎵(couldn't resist that :))

I cry when I look at this cake. It is simply stunning. Can I walk around with this cake in my hand everywhere I go? I guarantee the world would stop fighting and crying and start following me and begging for a wee taste. It is simply stunning.

The good news is it truly tastes as good as it looks. Which, is really really good!

fresh strawberry cake ingredients in bowl

Why do I use strawberry Jello in my homemade strawberry cake?

The strawberry flavor is intensified by the use of strawberry Jello mix, an easy way to get more strawberry flavor and gorgeous color without having to use pints and pints of strawberries.

strawberry cake puree being added

How do you make a fresh strawberry puree like what many strawberry cakes use?

For this cake, I simply put the fresh strawberries in my mixer before adding anything else and turn it on high. After several minutes my strawberries are pulverized. Just put that into a small saucepan on medium high heat until it's reduced in half.

Why a reduced strawberry puree instead of pureed strawberries,  fresh strawberries or strawberry jam?

  1. The strawberry puree intensifies the flavor dramatically. In fact, if you reduce the strawberries down even FURTHER than my recommended half you will intensify that flavor all the more. Strawberries, although delicious eaten fresh, don't have a strong flavor.
  2. Throwing in chunks of cut strawberries only tastes like vanilla cake with strawberry chunks. NOT what we are going for.
  3. Pureed strawberries have too much liquid and will mess up the texture and moisture of your cake.

The effort is totally worth it. I promise! And the puree will be simmering on the stove while you work on the rest of the cake. Just be sure to cool it before you put it in your cake! (throw it in the freezer for a bit to make that go fast.

For a fun, easy, and delicious Patriotic dessert add blueberries to the top of the cake and whipped cream to create the traditional red, white, and blue color combo.

This cake is one I make often in the summer when fresh strawberries are abundant at the local farmers market. In the winter, I simply use frozen strawberries with absolutely no sacrifice for flavor.

How do you make a strawberry cake with frozen strawberries?

When subbing frozen fruit for fresh fruit, increase the baking time by a few minutes because the colder fruit decreases the batter temperature causing it to take a bit longer to bake. Always be sure the berries are thawed and patted dry and then treat them as if they were their fresh counterparts.

strawberry cake batter

After I get a batch of this cake batter mixed up I just sit and look at the beautiful color of it. That pink is so very, very lovely!

You'll be slapping hands away, at this point. Heck YOU might be the worst. This cake is so yummy.

strawberry cake batter in pans

For a bonus fresh strawberry flavor, try finely chopping a few fresh strawberries to stir into your batter right before you pour it into your pan. 

This strawberry cake recipe is a large one. It makes a large 9 by 13 cake or a triple-layer cake. This is the perfect cake for a party, event, or family affair because of how many servings you can get out of it. Of course, the fact that it's delightful and not overly sweet is a bonus!

slice of homemade strawberry cake with strawberry frosting

Can there be any better sight on your kitchen table on a Saturday afternoon? Sigh, I don't think so. 

This cake deserves a pretty cake platter, don't you think? I hope you make enough cakes that you totally have one. Or two.

easy homemade strawberry cake

 How to make homemade strawberry frosting:

Be sure to puree enough strawberries when you start your strawberry cake to use some of them in this frosting recipe. Honestly, your life will never be the same after this combo!

Add your strawberries right at the end of making your frosting. And don't forget that wee bit of salt...it makes all the difference for flavor!

delicious strawberry frosting

This cake is decorated only with strawberries. Simple, sweet, and gorgeous!

Simple strawberry cake decorating ideas:

  • dusting of powdered sugar
  • a bit of fresh thyme
  • drizzles of white chocolate
  • little licorice edging
  • fresh flowers
  • sprinkles!
slice of homemade strawberry cake with strawberry frosting

easy homemade strawberry cake recipe

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Prep Time | 20 mins
Cook Time | 45 mins
Total Time | 1 hr 5 mins
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This easy homemade strawberry cake is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor and is absolutely stunning. Your family will love it!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounce strawberry flavored Jello raspberry totally works, also
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk room temperature
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8 inch cake rounds or a 9 by 13 inch pan
  • Puree your strawberries, transfer to a small saucepan and boil gently until reduced by half (about 20 minutes). Cool completely. You want to end up with about ½ cup pureed strawberries --->TIP: double your strawberries if you want to make the strawberry frosting. You'll save yourself the step of doing those later!
  • Add butter, sugar, vanilla, and Jello to a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
  • Add eggs one at time beating between each egg.
  • In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Add milk and flour alternately to the butter mixture. Beat well after each addition.
  • Gently fold in strawberry puree.
  • Pour into prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for  35-40 minutes or until toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 6gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 296mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 585IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 2mg
delicious homemade strawberry cake recipe
easy homemade strawberry cake

easy strawberry cake frosting

Prep Time | 10 mins
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The best strawberry cake frosting for your fresh strawberry cake!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 to 4 cups of confectioners sugar start with 3 and see if more is needed
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream
  • 1 cup medium strawberries pureed (makes about ½ cup)
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Instructions

  • Puree your strawberries, transfer to a small saucepan and boil gently until reduced by half (about 20 minutes). Cool completely. You want to end up with about ½ cup pureed strawberries
  • Beat butter and sugar together well (at least a couple of minutes)
  • Add salt,  extract, and cream and beat again until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the cooled strawberry puree.

Notes

I generally only add 3 cups of sugar to this frosting. It cause the frosting to be thinner and doesn't allow for spreading along the sides of a layer cake.

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58 thoughts on “the BEST Homemade Strawberry Cake”

  1. Should I use jello powder that you have to use boiling water for or an instant jello powder?

  2. 5 stars
    My daughter wanted a strawberry cake with strawberry frosting for her birthday, and I was really nervous because I tried making strawberry frosting years ago and it came out a runny, sticky mess. This recipe was AWESOME. The cake was great, too. But I was especially pleased with how the frosting turned out. I even used thawed frozen strawberries because the price of fresh ones was too high for my budget. My own birthday is coming up. Maybe I will make it for myself.

  3. I believe that jelly powder is a gelatin product...yes? If so it should substitute for the Jello that we have here in the states.

  4. Hiya I am in the UK and want to make this cake but we do not use jello here. Do you know if I can replace it with jelly powder and if so should i use the same amount?

  5. Oh wow, I've never seen .3 or .6 oz of Jello before. That's tiny! I did mean 3 oz because the small boxes of powdered Jello that I get are 3 oz. What a bummer that it came out too sweet!

  6. The recipe calls for 3 oz of jello and the boxes come in .3 and .6 oz so I used 5 boxes of .6 oz. It came out SUPER sweet so I read the comments and realized you meant .3 oz. Bummed I didn’t catch this sooner but excited to try it the next time.

  7. Adding 1/4 cup of lemon juice made it taste so much better and really brought out the flavor of the fresh strawberries.

  8. 5 stars
    It tastes amazing!! I used 6 in. pans instead and it worked out perfectly. Bake at the same temperature for 50-55 minutes and makes enough for three layers🥰

  9. It sounds like perhaps there was too much moisture in the puree for the buttercream. Butter and moisture don't always play well together.Try taking out some of the buttercream and warming it (about 1.5 cups), whipping it, and then adding it back in, and whipping the whole batch again.

  10. 3 stars
    Cake came out okay but I would recommend straining the puree to eliminate the seeds. Also, my frosting was perfect until I folded in the puree, it then began to separate : (

  11. Just fyi. Your ingredient list says gelatin and your instructions say Jello. There's a difference between gelatin and Jello!

  12. Hi...my daughter's birthday is coming on 25th oct and i want to make strawberry cake but u knw fresh strawberries are not available here so can i use canned strawberries?? If yes then should i make it in a puree form as canned strawberries are full of sugar tyoe liquid...plz rep i need help

  13. You can. You'll need to increase the cooking time because the middle will be thicker and take longer to finish.

  14. You know, I don't know. I think it would change the moisture content and I don't think it would work out very well. But if you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

  15. Hi!
    I was just wondering if you put frosting in between the two cakes before you stack them?

  16. Oh no...I'm sure it still turned out yummy! I will go make sure that gets fixed asap.

  17. I made the Cake tonight and forgot to add the salt 😕 because the instructions didn’t call out adding it so I missed it. I hope it still tastes delicious!

  18. 5 stars
    Hi! I was wondering if regular flour is a must or if you could use cake flour?

    Thanks!

  19. You could try adding a couple tablespoons of heavy cream or butter and whip it up...it might give you a thicker texture.

  20. My frosting came out really runny but SUPER sweet so I don’t want to add more sugar. What do I do to save it?

  21. This maybe a stupid question but in regard to the gelatin do I need to us .3 oz or 3. oz?
    Thank you!!

  22. Oh my, I'm so sorry you ran into that problem. I'm not sure what happened! It should be gently folded in right at the end before the batter is poured into the pan.

  23. Why do you never say what to do with the puree in regards to the cake? Ive done every step but now I'm not sure do I just dump it in?

  24. Including the Jello, this sounds like a lot of sugar. Anybody have an issue with that? And made a adjustment?

  25. You can make this a couple of days in advance and then just cover it well. I would frost it the same day as you serve, though. Just because frosting it can pretty crusty if left too long. And yes! You can make cupcakes with it. My guess is 24 cupcakes but I am not sure. If you use it for cupcakes come back and let me know how it goes :).

  26. How far in advance can the cake be made? Can this recipe be used for cupcakes?
    Thank you

  27. I don't see where and when to incorporate the strawberry puree into the cake batter. Unless Im blind and missed it ;) please advise. Thanks!

  28. So glad to hear that!! And thanks for coming back and letting us know, we always love hearing good things ;).

  29. The cake does not need to be refrigerated. But the frosting would do well to be in the fridge overnight and be taken out in the afternoon. Good luck!!!

  30. I am about to try making your delicious cake. How long will it last? The function is tomorrow night. Does it need to be refrigerated?

  31. Strawberry Cake should be in everyone's future in summer, don't you think :). Thanks Michelle!

  32. I was just thinking the other day that a strawberry cake needs to be in my future soon. Can't wait to try out this recipe!

  33. Laura (Lolli) Franklin

    That looks delightfully delicious!! I love strawberry flavored desserts!

  34. So nice to see someone I can relate to. I,too, feel I make pretty good cakes and such, but appearance is never my key point. I always think..'As long as it tastes good'. thank you for an honest picture and delicious cake...

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