Easy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce (VIDEO)
Easy Strawberry Cake with a soft and moist crumb and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor! One of our all-time favorite strawberry recipes.
Fresh summer strawberries add incredible flavor to dessert like our No-Bake Cheesecake, the popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad, or Mini Cheesecakes. If I had my way, I’d add homemade Strawberry Sauce to everything! If you love strawberries, this cake is a must-try.
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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 (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!
Ingredients for Strawberry Cake & Strawberry Sauce:
The ingredients here are simple and inexpensive 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 and makes every bite luscious. Add the sugar to taste if you have very sweet or very tart strawberries.
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.
For a dairy free version, one of my readers shared the following helpful review: “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 Make a Gluten Free Strawberry Cake?
One of my readers shared the following great review: “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 now.” Let me know if you experiment making this a gluten free strawberry cake!
Tools Used to Make this Strawberry Cake:
This recipe comes together fast with simple ingredients and basic cooking tools. An electric hand-mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment will work, but don’t try cranking out the eggs and sugar by hand. You will need a high-powered mixer to whip together the eggs and 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 batter – Once the flour is incorporated, stop mixing or the cake can become dense.
Measure flour correctly – spoon it into a dry ingredients 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.
Fresh Strawberry Recipes to Explore:
- Strawberries Romanoff in grand marnier and cream
- Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce is a crowd pleasing party favorite
- Layered Strawberry Cake with irresistible cream cheese frosting
- Strawberry Blueberry Trifle one of the easiest cakes you can make
- Fresh Strawberry Scones – billowy soft and loaded with strawberries
Watch How to Make Easy Strawberry Cake:
I hope this Easy Strawberry Cake becomes a new favorite for you. 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 with Strawberry Sauce
Strawberry Cake Ingredients:
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (*measured correctly)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 12 oz strawberries hulled
- 1 tsp powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:
- 16 oz strawberries hulled and halved
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or to taste
Butter a 9-inch 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 Easy Strawberry Cake:
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.
Add 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla and beat on low speed until well combined.
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.
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.
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:
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 a dry ingredients measuring cup and scrape off the top with a straight edge.
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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,… Speaking of fruit cakes, don’t miss our easy summer peach cake or our most popular blueberry lemon cake!
P.S. Are you making anything fun with summer fruit? I’d love to hear your creative ideas in a comment below!