Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Easy Strawberry Cake with a soft and moist crumb and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor. One of our all-time favorite strawberry recipes.

Easy strawberry cake dusted with powdered sugar with strawberry sauce in a pitcher on the side and surrounded by fresh strawberries

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I hope this Easy Strawberry Cake becomes a new favorite for you. Fresh strawberries add incredible flavor to desserts, like our No-Bake Cheesecake, this popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad, or Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes.

Strawberry Cake Video:

Wait until you try the super simple strawberry sauce. It will make you want to lick your plate – it’s just THAT good! You will add it to your regular rotation for Dutch Baby Pancakes, waffles, Crepes, as a dip for soft French Bread.

Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

This strawberry cake is winning in every way: simple ingredients, easy to make, perfect for entertaining, and completely yummy. Everything about this cake is good. This is a crowd-pleasing dessert, but (so you can’t say I didn’t warn you) it disappears fast!

This recipe is based on our wildly popular Blueberry Cake which was an instant hit and continues to be one of the top 5 recipes on our blog.

Slice of easy strawberry cake drizzled with strawberry sauce

Strawberry Cake Ingredients

The ingredients here are pantry staples. This cake is loaded with fresh strawberries inside and out. Between the cake and sauce, you will need almost 2 pounds of strawberries.

The easy strawberry sauce has only 2 ingredients (strawberries and sugar) and comes together quickly in a food processor or blender. Add sugar to taste if you have very sweet or very tart strawberries.

Strawberry cake ingredients with fresh strawberries

Tools you will need

This recipe comes together fast with simple ingredients and basic cooking tools. For best results, be sure to use an electric mixer to whip the eggs and sugar.

Gluten free strawberry cake recipe without powdered sugar

Our Best Baking Tips

  • Use room temperature eggs – To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place cold eggs into a bowl of warm water (not hot) for 5-7 minutes, then dry with paper towels and use in the recipe.
  • Do not over-mix – This is KEY! Once the flour is incorporated, stop mixing or the cake can become dense.
  • Measure flour correctly – spoon flour into a dry ingredient measuring cup and scrape off the top with a straight edge. Why? Pushing your measuring cup into the flour bin can result in up to 25% more compacted flour. Watch our easy video tutorial on how to measure correctly.

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If you love easy cakes like this strawberry cake don’t miss these easy, one-pan cakes that don’t require any frosting:

Strawberry Cake Slice being removed from cake

Common Questions:

Can I Substitute Sour Cream?

Yes! You can substitute sour cream with a plain Greek yogurt. Whole milk Greek yogurt will yield the best results.

Can I substitute a different fruit?

You can substitute a different berry or even sliced stone fruit. See our list of “Easy Cakes” below for inspiration.

Can I turn this into a 2-layer cake?

This works best as a single layer because it is a heavier cake. For a layered cake, we recommend our 2-Layer Strawberry Cake.

How to Make this Gluten Free?

A reader shared this: “I used Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Multipurpose Flour. It is expensive but the best I’ve tried so far. Anyway, the cake came out great. We loved it and I’m planning to make it again for Easter. Just wanted to let any possible gluten intolerant folks know.”

Can I make this Dairy Free?

A reader shared the following: “I completely replaced the sour cream, with whole fat coconut milk from a can. I mixed it completely before measuring, and to compensate for the added wetness I reduced the oil to about 1/3 cup. It was still a little runny, but the bake was perfect.”

Can I use a different sized pan?

We have only tested this in a 9″ springform pan. If baking in a smaller pan, you will need to bake a little longer or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you experiment with various sizes, please let me know in the comments.

Slice of easy strawberry cake - one of our favorite strawberry recipes

If you love strawberries, this strawberry cake is a must-try. I’d pass you a generous slice if I could, pummeled with the strawberry sauce of course.

More Strawberry Recipes:

Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Strawberry Cake with cut slice

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Don’t skip that easy and amazing strawberry syrup!

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

Skill Level:

Easy

Cost to Make:

$9-$11

Keyword:

easy strawberry cake, strawberry cake

Cuisine:

American

Course:

Dessert

Calories: 368 kcal

Servings: 10 slices (9″ cake)

Strawberry Cake Ingredients:

Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 16
    oz
    strawberries
    hulled and halved
  • 1/4
    cup
    granulated sugar
    or to taste

Cake Prep:

  1. Butter a 9″ springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Prepare 12 oz of strawberries for the cake: dice 6 oz of strawberries and slice the second 6 oz into halves.

How to Make Strawberry Cake:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat together 2 eggs with 1 cup sugar on high speed for 5 minutes or until light in color and thick.

  2. Add 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla and beat on low speed until well combined.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together: 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt until well incorporated. With the mixer on med/low speed, add flour mixture to the batter 1/3 at a time, letting the flour incorporate with each addition and continue mixing just until well combined. Do not over-mix. 

  4. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Top with 6 oz of diced strawberries then spread remaining batter over the top. Cover the surface with 6 oz of halved strawberries (cut-side-down), pressing them down just slightly into the batter. Bake at 375˚F for 45-55 minutes (mine was perfect at 50 min), or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cake rest in pan 15-20 min then remove ring and cool to room temp or until just lightly warm.

  5. Run a thin spatula around cake edges to loosen from pan. then transfer to a cake platter. Cool until just warm or at room temperature. To serve, dust with powdered sugar if desired. Drizzle individual slices generously with strawberry syrup.

How to Make Strawberry Sauce:

  1. While the cake is baking, make the strawberry sauce: In a blender or food processor, combine 16 oz strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar (or add sugar to taste) and blend until pureed.

*To measure flour correctly: spoon flour into dry ingredients measuring cup and scrape off the top with a straight edge.

Nutrition Facts

Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 368
Calories from Fat 144

% Daily Value*

Fat 16g25%

Saturated Fat 4g25%

Cholesterol 44mg15%

Sodium 91mg4%

Potassium 293mg8%

Carbohydrates 51g17%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 29g32%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 195IU4%

Vitamin C 46.9mg57%

Calcium 90mg9%

Iron 1.8mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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