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A slice of strawberry cake on a lacy white plate with a wooden fork.
Strawberry Cake
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

This strawberry cake recipe is bursting with so much incredible, summery strawberry flavor! Nothing artificial added. You won't believe it!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best strawberry cake, best strawberry cake recipe, how to make strawberry cake, strawberry cake, strawberry cake recipe
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 492 kcal
For the Strawberry Cake:
For the Strawberry Frosting:
To Make the Strawberry Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, mist three 6-inch cake pans** with non-stick spray, and line them with circles cut from parchment paper.

  2. Pulse the freeze-dried strawberries to a fine powder in a food processor, mini-chopper, or blender.

  3. Place the cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and strawberry powder in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir on low speed to combine.

  4. Add the butter, mixing on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (about 1 minute.

  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl to be sure all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

  6. Add the sour cream, milk, lemon zest, and vanilla.

  7. Mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, to aerate the batter and build the cake's structure.

  8. Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

  9. Cool completely before filling and frosting.

To Make the Strawberry Frosting:
  1. Pulse the freeze-dried strawberries to a fine powder in a food processor, mini-chopper, or blender.

  2. Fold the powder into the frosting until well-blended.

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Recipe Notes

*Use whatever kind of frosting recipe you like.  I prefer Swiss meringue buttercream, but American buttercream (1/2 batch of this recipe) or cream cheese frosting would work well too. 

**This recipe can also be made in as an 8-inch diameter double-layer cake, a 9x13 sheet cake, or as 24 cupcakes.  Adjust bake time as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 736IU15%
Vitamin C 156mg189%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.