Fresh Strawberry Cake


This was the cake I wanted for Mothers Day…so I made it for myself and 5 days early. I’m always looking for a reason to make cake, can you tell? This cake is perfect for any holiday but it’s also perfect just to celebrate any summer day.

Fresh Strawberry Cake | Cooking Classy

Do you know anyone who doesn’t love the fresh strawberries and cream combination? So when you combine them together along with some tangy cream cheese and add it to the top of a sweet vanilla cake you know it’s got to be good, and oh how it is! I had to hurry and take giant slices to my neighbors or I would have just dove into the whole cake and never known when to stop. It is creamy, dreamy, fluffy heavenly cake and I most definitely loved it! Happy Mothers day to me lol :)! But really, Happy Mothers Day to all you Mom’s out there!

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Fresh Strawberry Cake

4.7 from 20 votes

This light and fluffy fresh strawberry cake is the perfect cake for birthdays, mothers day or any other celebrations

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: birthday cake, strawberry cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 729 kcal
Author: Jaclyn



  • 3 cups (370g) cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup (390g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (anything but skim)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup (125g) powdered sugar, divided
  • 8 oz cream cheese , left at room temperature until partially softened (about 20 - 30 minutes)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 lbs strawberries , hulled and sliced into pieces slightly under 1/2-inch
  • Sliced strawberries for decorating (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 9-inch round cake pans then line bottom with a round of parchment, butter parchment and lightly dust pan with flour, shake out excess. Set pans aside.
  2. Sift cake flour into a medium mixing bowl. Add baking powder and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (if you don't have a paddle that constantly scrapes bowl while mixing then stop mixer occasionally throughout entire mixing process and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl to ensure even mixing), whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Mix in eggs and egg yolks one a time adding in vanilla with last egg yolk. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture at a time (to the butter/egg mixture) alternating with 1/2 of the milk and mixing on low speed just until combined after each addition. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl and gently fold batter several times.
  5. Divide batter among prepared baking pans. Bake in preheated oven 25 - 30 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan about 5 minutes, run knife around edges of cake to ensure they are loosened then invert onto wire racks to cool completely (I recommend transferring them to gallon size resealable bags after about 25 minutes of cooling so they don't dry and let them finish cooling in the bag).
  7. Once cool frost with Strawberry Cream Cheese Whipped Cream. Store cake in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  8. For the topping:
  9. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form (occasionally scrap down sides and bottom of bowl to ensure even mixing).

  10. Add 1/3 cup powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form (make sure they are stiff or your topping will be runny, it should get to the point where it doesn't have a wet sheen). Scrape cream out into a separate bowl.

  11. Add cream cheese to bowl of stand mixer, fit with paddle attachment and whip cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.

  12. Mix in remaining 2/3 cup powdered sugar and vanilla (I've made this cake twice and the second time I added a few drops of liquid red food coloring at this point for a better pink, that pictured was without).

  13. Add strawberries and mix until uniform in color. Remove bowl from stand mixer, add whipped cream and fold into mixture. Frost over cooled cake.
  14. Recipe source: inspired by Spiced Blog
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Strawberry Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 729 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 218mg 73%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Potassium 347mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 43g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 34.7%
Vitamin C 40.8%
Calcium 15.8%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Ria: Made this cake a few times ,wonderful September 19, 2018 at 8:01pm Reply

  • Zuzana: I wish to have those ingredients written in more of European way or I wish I spoke or understood better American measures. :( But greetings anyway, look the yummiest ever! September 19, 2018 at 6:30am Reply

  • Christina: Would the topping melt if left out. Like at a lunch buffet. Should I add gelatin? September 16, 2018 at 7:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It would just depend on the temperature but yes I don’t recommend leaving it out for long. Gelatin (dissolved in water) would probably help some though. September 16, 2018 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Juniper Cromwell: hey i have a question about the cake as a new baker myself. When it says 3 eggs but only 2 yolks do i not need the third yolk? Or do I? i’ve used the icing recipe before but its my first stab at the cake. September 13, 2018 at 3:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You will use 3 whole eggs then separate the whites and yolks of 2 additional eggs, use those 2 yolks (reserve the whites for another use). So 3 whole eggs then 2 yolks from 2 additional eggs. Hope you enjoy the cake too! September 13, 2018 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Jeanne: This recipe is a keeper. My family loved it! Moist cake, light frosting – perfectly delicious! Thanks for sharing. September 7, 2018 at 6:42pm Reply

  • Maria: Very delicious cake and “frosting”. So refreshing, so delicious. I have frosting leftover but no more strawberries. Would like to whip up another batch using blueberries and add it to what’s left. I just might do that…. August 31, 2018 at 4:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment Maria! You should! September 6, 2018 at 11:10am Reply

      • Maria Rugolo: I did just thst. Made this exact recipe using blueberries. Oh so refreshing. This recipe, be it whatever berry, is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much. September 6, 2018 at 3:08pm Reply

  • Abigia: It is so amazing. Thank you so much. August 6, 2018 at 1:08am Reply

  • Brooke: Did anyone refrigerate? Maybe it would harden up the icing a bit? July 31, 2018 at 4:22pm Reply

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