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Fresh Strawberry Cake with Step by Step Video

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I think it says a lot about this fresh strawberry cake that my two year old now feels very comfortable telling people that she made it. The first time she actually said “mama helped me” and then next thing you know she apparently made it “all by myself”. Fact is that we have made it THAT many times that she feels like she knows what she is doing and it is so delicious that who wouldn’t want to take all the credit! Seriously though, I may have gotten her to mix, add ingredients, wash the strawberries, place the strawberries and sprinkle the sugar on top. I am sure I did something…

The original recipe is from Martha Stewart, but I actually came across it on Smitten Kitchen a while ago. It should go without saying that this tastes best when strawberries are in season, but it is still surprisingly good when they aren’t quite there. I have tried making this fresh strawberry cake with less sugar and found that it really impacted the texture of the cake. It was still good, just not great. 

Strawberry cake with one piece missing

No Strawberries? No Problem

This cake works well with plums, peaches, and even raspberries! Top with whatever you have handy and dig in. A little vanilla ice cream never hurt anyone!

Step by Step Video for Fresh Strawberry Cake

Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease a pie dish or a 8-9 inch springform pan
Whisk together 1.5 cup flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder & 0.5 tsp salt
Whip 6 tbsp of room temperature butter & 1 cup sugar for 3-4 minutes
Add one egg, mix for a minute
Add 1 tsp vanilla extract
Now alternate between 1/2 cup milk and dry ingredients in two batches and mix until just combined
Use a spatula to scrape any extra flour and transfer dough to the pan
Top with a cup of halved strawberries & sprinkle with 1 tbsp coarse sugar
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes then drop the temperature and bake at 325 for 40 minutes or until done
Remove the ring or serve in the pie dish!
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Fresh Strawberry Cake

A vanilla cake studded with fresh strawberries – the perfect summer time treat!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: strawberry, cake, easy
Servings: 10
Dry Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Remaining Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1 1/2 cup halved strawberries
  • 1-2 tbsp coarse sugar for sprinkling – fine works too, but it will have less of a crunch
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Butter your pie plate or butter and flour your cake tin.

  2. Whisk your dry ingredients, set aside

  3. Beat the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy – 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Mix in egg and beat for a minute

  5. Add the vanilla and mix till combined.

  6. Now add the dry ingredients and milk in two alternating batches on low speed, mixing just until barely combined. You can use a spatula and a light hand to finish mixing.

  7. Spread the batter in your dish/tin

  8. Dot all over with strawberries, cut side down

  9. Sprinkle with coarse sugar

  10. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the temperature to 325 F and bake for another 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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    I love this cake! It looks gorgeous! It’s so summery and festive 🙂
    Btw, I tried the Aalu Shorba… I made it on Friday for lunch, and it is sooooo delicious! It almost takes like the Aalo that’s with Halwa Puri! I made mine thick, like yours, because I prefer a thicker shorba with roti 🙂 I’m planning on making this again soon so I take pictures and post on the blog 🙂 I love it!

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      Thanks!! I can’t wait to see your pics – that Ambreen did us all a solid by posting it!

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    Sarah, we just made it (me, my son, and his friend) and it turned out awesome! In fact there’s hardly any left and we made it just this morning…. Thank you, the recipe was very easy, good instructions, and turned out great, especially considering I hardly EVER make cake!

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      Yay!!!! You just made my day – glad you guys enjoyed it so much 🙂

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    This cake has become my new addiction.. I made it a week ago and the next day when it finished, i made it again.. and then it was mostly gone before it had even cooled! and today i am making it again for my neighbor but am considering making 2 so i can keep one. it is SO easy and SOOOO delicious!! THANK YOU!!! xx

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    Making 2 of these today 🙂

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    I made this cake a few days back. It tasted great but it was too sweet even without cream. But we ate it all in the same day 😉 Any suggestions or is it supposed to be this way?
    And i also made a blunder while making this cake. When sorting ingredients i accidently put sugar in the flour mixture so i kept those ingredients aside and started again. Any idea what i can do with that flour and sugar mixture? Many thanks for such easy and finger licking recipes.

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      hahaha glad you didn’t let a little sweetness get in your way 🙂 I would suggest skipping the sprinkling of sugar on top! re: the flour and sugar mixture, are you big on fruit desserts like cobblers/crumbles? because then you can cut in some butter and flavoring (cinnamon, cardamom, etc) and make a crumble topping

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    This strawberry cake is the perfect tea or picnic cake for summer! Ours disappeared in an hour – everyone from my parents to my 5 year old loved it! Moist and fresh, simple and sweet – will def be making again soon! Thank you Sarah 🙂

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    I made this cake today around like 4 hours ago and before I could take a picture it was all finished! It is delicious and so easy to make! You rock!

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      Yay!!!! Thank you so much Maria for leaving your review!

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    I made this last night with my 3 year old. We used gluten free flour and 2/3 cup of sugar – and it was still so very yummy!

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      I am so so glad to hear that!!!! This is a recipe I’ve made with my kids so many times and I love that you made it with yours!

    Penny for your thoughts?