This strawberry layer cake isn’t one of those runs of the mill fruit cake recipes. Its one of the best strawberry cake recipes I’ve tasted, and it is gorgeous. There are lots of cake recipes with strawberries in them, but this decadent beauty even gives dressed Easter cakes a run for their money.
Unlike the strawberry pound cake, this layer cake is actually pink. It’s similar to a strawberry cream cake only it sports a strawberry buttercream frosting for extra luscious berry deliciousness. The ripe strawberry flavor is evenly distributed throughout the layers of cake and frosting. Think strawberry shortcake cake on steroids!
What I Love About This Recipe
- This is an absolute showstopper
- Loaded with fresh strawberries, this homemade southern delight is guaranteed to be a hit!
How To Make Strawberry Layer Cake Recipe
If whipping up this strawberry layer cake is wrong, then I don’t wanna’ be right! It’s as easy as mixing up the layer cake ingredients and tossing them into the oven. Then blend up some yummy strawberry frosting while the cake is cooling. Frost, garnish, and enjoy!
Strawberry Cake Recipe Notes
If your cake sinks in the middle: This strawberry cake is a moist dense dreamy delight. That being said, it must be completely baked through or it may fall in the middle. When you check it with a toothpick, be sure there is no strawberry cake filling that sticks. The toothpick must be totally clean before you take the cake out of the oven.
Frosting: This scrumptious cake is super simple to throw together, and the buttercream frosting isn’t difficult, but it can be finicky and takes time to finish. It really is easy to assemble, but you’ll need some extra patience.
- To minimize extra fussing, make sure to completely cool the layers of cake and then refrigerate them for a bit (you can stack them with a piece of wax paper between each layer). The buttercream itself should also be refrigerated for about 10 minutes before frosting your cake.
- You’ll want to frost one layer at a time, then chill before adding the next layer and chill again before frosting the sides. Your beautiful masterpiece should also live in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Pan Substitutions: If the thought of managing a three-layered monster is intimidating, you can still enjoy this cake.
- Make cupcakes–The measurements here will make approximately 36 cupcakes. Just start checking them during the baking process at around 17 minutes since they’ll likely need to bake a few minutes less.
- Make in a 9X13–You can also cook this in a 9”x13” pan (you’ll need to watch the cooking time on this one too), with enough batter leftover for about another 12 cupcakes. Either of these options will cut back on the frost-refrigerate-repeat steps too and save you some time.
Fresh or Frozen Strawberries: I recommend using fresh strawberries for this cake, but you can use frozen in a pinch. If frozen is your only option, chop them before they thaw completely and drain them well. Otherwise, they’ll turn into a mushy mess.
Substitutions: For all the chocolate lovers, try subbing in your favorite chocolate frosting instead of my strawberry buttercream. The cake is substantial enough – and “strawberry-y” enough – to still shine through. You can even garnish the top with some chocolate covered strawberries. Mmmmm
Strawberry fields forever! This awesome cake lives in the fridge. Keep it in a cake saver but keep it cold. When you cut a piece, cover the exposed cake with plastic wrap to prevent drying.
Can You Freeze This?
This can be frozen without the frosting. Let the cake(s) cool completely and double wrap them for extra protection. They can slow thaw overnight in the fridge and you can whip up the icing when you’re ready to put your cake together.
Make Ahead Tips
This strawberry cake must be kept cold, so I typically make it a day or two ahead. I like to bake up the cakes and let them chill in the fridge overnight. Then I make my icing and build my cake the next day.
The strawberry buttercream frosting must stay cold so your cake should stay in the fridge right up until serving time.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Your cake will stay fresh and yummy for up to 5 days when stored properly in the fridge. It should return to the fridge immediately after serving but this little beauty is gonna’ get gobbled up. That sweet strawberry flavor is hard to beat.
If you have extra strawberries left from making this cake you can definitely use them in strawberry spinach salad and strawberry salad! You might wanna go with a strawberry themed party, and have a blast with strawberry frose and giggle juice for refreshments!
There are lots of different things you can do with this intense strawberry layer cake, but it must cook completely to avoid falling.
- Switch out the pan and make a strawberry bundt cake or move around the strawberries and jello for a yummy strawberry poke cake.
- You can even swap out a few items to make a Bisquick strawberry shortcake. The possibilities are endless!!
- If you don’t have strawberry jello and frosting ingredients, try fresh strawberry cake!
Strawberry Layer Cake
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry jello
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries finely chopped
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 (16-ounce) packages powdered sugar
- 1 cup fresh strawberries finely chopped
- Make the Cake: Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees. Line 3- 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray (I prefer the Baking nonstick cooking spray that contains flour). Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix all cake ingredients with an electric mixer on low until just combined. Scrape the side of the bowl, and increase mixer to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
- Pour cake batter into prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 23 minutes.
- Cool cake in pans on a rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. If using the following recipe for Strawberry Buttercream refrigerate cakes until completely chilled.
- Meanwhile, Make Frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter at medium until it's pale yellow and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and strawberries and beat at low until well combined and creamy. Set in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes to firm it up slightly (You just don't want it to be runny).
- Spread one of the layers of cake with frosting then refrigerate. Frost the second layer and refrigerate until the frosting on both layers has firmed up a bit. Assemble all the layers and frost the top and sides. Refrigerate!
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Few fruit cake recipes rival this decadent strawberry layer cake. It’s super moist, strawberry intense, and a cinch to make. Even seasoned bakers love this little beauty. One bite and you’re hooked. Plus, you’ll look like a superstar in the kitchen!
Source: Southern Living
The cake turned out phenomenal but for some reason the frosting not so much. It has a very crystallized texture to it.