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
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easy homemade strawberry cake recipe

This easy homemade strawberry cake is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor and is absolutely stunning. Your family will love it!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
# of servings 12
Calories 421kcal

Ingredients

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

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 1/2 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
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easy strawberry cake frosting

The best strawberry cake frosting for your fresh strawberry cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes

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 1/2 cup)

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 1/2 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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44 thoughts on “the BEST Homemade Strawberry Cake”

  1. 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🥰

  2. 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 : (

    1. 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.

  3. 1 star
    Just fyi. Your ingredient list says gelatin and your instructions say Jello. There’s a difference between gelatin and Jello!

  4. 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

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