Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce (VIDEO)

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Must-try easy strawberry syrup! | natashaskitchen.com

This easy Strawberry Cake recipe has nearly 2 pounds of fresh summer strawberries. The cake has a soft, lightly sweet, and moist crumb with bursts of strawberry flavor in every bite.

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 (in an eyes roll back when you take a bite followed by several mmm’s way). This is one 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 (out of 800+). Enjoy this my friends!

Watch How to Make Easy Strawberry Cake:


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 pancakes, waffles, crepes, as a dip for soft French bread,… the list goes on.

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Must-try easy strawberry syrup! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Strawberry Cake:

2 large eggs
1 cup (210 grams) granulated sugar
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1/2 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour (*measured correctly)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
12 oz (340 grams) strawberries, hulled
Powdered sugar to dust the top, optional

*To measure flour correctly: spoon flour into a dry ingredients measuring cup and scrape off the top with a straight edge. Why? If you push your measuring cup into the flour bin, it will compacts the flour and you’ll end up with too much. I have tested this with a kitchen scale and it can be up to 25% more flour by weight when compacted. True story!

Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:

16 oz (450 grams) strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Must-try easy strawberry syrup! | natashaskitchen.com

Tools Used to Make this Cake (affiliate links):

9-inch springform pan
Large mixing bowl
Electric hand mixer
Blender or food processor

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Must-try easy strawberry syrup! | natashaskitchen.com

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Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce

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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!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $9-$11
Serving: 9" Cake (6 to 8 slices)

Ingredients

Strawberry Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (210 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
  • ½ cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour (*measured correctly)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 12 oz (340 grams) strawberries, hulled
  • Powdered sugar to dust the top, optional

Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 16 oz (450 grams) strawberries, hulled and halved
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar

Instructions

Prep:

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

How to Make Easy 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, ½ 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 ¼ tsp salt until well incorporated. With the mixer on med/low speed, add flour mixture to the batter ⅓ at a time, letting the flour incorporate with each addition and continue mixing just until well combined.
  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 without wet cake batter. Let cake rest in pan 15-20 min then remove ring and cool to room temp or until just lightly warm.
  5. While the cake is baking, make the strawberry sauce: In a blender or food processor, combine 16 oz strawberries and ¼ cup sugar (or add sugar to taste) and blend until pureed.
  6. Allow cake to rest in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes then run a thin spatula around edges to loosen from pan. Cool until just warm or at room temperature. To serve, dust with powdered sugar if desired and drizzle individual slices generously with strawberry syrup.

Notes

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

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Must-try easy strawberry syrup! | natashaskitchen.com

I’d pass you a generous slice if I could! I hope you’re all enjoying summer and all the best of summer; the tastiest strawberries, juicy watermelon, ALL the berries, stone fruit,…

P.S. Are you making anything fun with summer fruit? I’d love to hear your creative ideas in a comment below!

Easy Strawberry Cake recipe loaded with strawberries. So soft, lightly sweet, moist and bursting with strawberry flavor. Must-try easy strawberry syrup! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Elena
    October 16, 2017

    Natasha, I made it two times, but both times it was wet inside. I changed the recipe (more flour, fewer berries), still, runny inside. I kept in int eh oven 350F for more than an hour. Still, very wet inside. It did work well with a blueberry cake but not strawberries . Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 16, 2017

      Hi Elena, I haven’t had that experience but I am always happy to help troubleshoot. did you use the recommended amount of strawberries? Using more strawberries might result in it being more moist inside. Also, I’m not sure if this was the case for you but, it’s best to use fresh strawberries since frozen are more wet. Are you possibly using a different sized pan or mixing all of the strawberries into the batter rather than placing them over the top, or chopping the berries too finely? I hope that helps! Reply

  • Nikki
    October 13, 2017

    Hi there! Do you think this cake would be good if I made it the day before I needed it? If so, what’s the best way to store it? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2017

      Hi Nikki, I think the strawberries look and taste the best the same day it is made. It would be safe to leave it covered at room temperature overnight but if you are storing it longer than that, I would refrigerate. Reply

  • Patang
    October 3, 2017

    Hi- Will it still work if I sub in almond flour and a sugar substitute such as Stevia? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 3, 2017

      I haven’t experimented using any other kind of sweetener so I can’t really advise on that, but one reader wrote:
      “Also tried GF with sweet sorghum flour and almond meal flour with 1 tsp. Xanthum gum. Unbelievably good! It was gone in no time. Need to make two next week” I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

  • Cristina Sanchez
    October 2, 2017

    I made this cake yesterday, I used whole wheat flour and brown sugar, was soooo good!!!!! My family loved it!!!
    Thank you Natasha, your recipes are awesome!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 2, 2017

      You’re welcome Cristina! I’m glad to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Stephanie
    September 28, 2017

    My soon to be 4 year old wants a strawberry cake for her birthday. I wanted to try your recipe ; however, the darling is adamant that there be no large chunks of strawberries in it. Do you think if I pureed the fresh strawberries and mixed them in the batter it would be too wet? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 29, 2017

      Hi Stephanie, I have not tried that so I can’t say for sure, but I think it would break the consistency of the cake and it would probably end up dense – that is my guess. Have you seen our other strawberry cake – it’s not as easy as this one but it has pureed strawberries between layers. Maybe that would work for this cake – to cut it in half and put strawberry puree between layers? Reply

  • Alena
    September 20, 2017

    “Don’t even make the cake without it” (the glaze) lol. You’re funny and creative in your videos. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 20, 2017

      LOL, thanks Alena! I’m glad you enjoy the videos as much as we like making them! Reply

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