Making a strawberry cake with fresh or frozen strawberries is a perfect way to enjoy the natural sweetness of strawberries. Whether you’re looking for a dessert to impress your friends or just a sweet treat for your family, strawberry cakes are a great way to show off this wonderful berry. Spring is here, so grab some strawberries and start baking!
With Easter, Mother’s day and Memorial day just around the corner, you’ll need a dessert to celebrate, and there is no better Spring dessert than a strawberry cake.
Some of the best cake recipes are made with fresh, in-season fruit, so as soon as Spring hits in the Carolinas, I’m heading to the farmers market for fresh strawberries. Using berries that were picked at their peak makes the most scrumptious desserts.
Not sure when you can find fresh strawberries in your neck of the woods, check out my post on when strawberries are in season so you don’t miss out, they have a pretty short growing season around here.
Commercially, strawberries are frozen right after they’ve been picked so frozen berries will add just as much flavor as those from the farmers market. The texture will be different which is why some recipes require fresh and for others it doesn’t matter.
For most cakes, a few strawberries can go a long way, you’ll need a pound of strawberries for a strawberry pound cake, but only a cup for a lemon strawberry shortcake. So if the weather hasn’t cooperated and the crop is slim, you can still enjoy the wonderful flavor of strawberries by incorporating them into cake batter.
If you can’t get to your cake right away, learn my kitchen hack for how to keep strawberries fresh for two weeks. It’s especially helpful for those times when the strawberries look so good that you pick up more than you can eat in a day or two. 🍓
There are so many varieties of cakes that showcase strawberries. If you want to be fancy, you can go with a layer cake, or poke holes and add some jam to the top of a strawberry poke cake so that it soaks into the cake batter. You can add a layer of fresh berries in-between the cake layers or just incorporate them into the batter in an easy bundt cake.
Here are 10 favorite ways to add strawberries to cake. Hopefully you’ll find a couple to try out this season.
Strawberry Poke Cake with Fresh Strawberries
Strawberry Yogurt Cake Recipe
Cast Iron Skillet Strawberry Pound Cake
Strawberry Vanilla Cake Pops
Fresh Strawberry Mousse Cake
Strawberry Lemon Cake with Honey Whipped Cream
Strawberry Basil CAke
Strawberry Layer Cake
Strawberry Shortcake Cake
Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake
FAQs for making strawberry cake
You can use fresh strawberries in a frosting but to get the most flavor without a watery mess, try using ground freeze-dried strawberries, they have much more flavor and add a pretty pink color.
If the layers of your cake are domed, try using a serrated knife to level them before frosting.
It could be that your cake is dry because you over mixed the batter. For all cakes you should just mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Most strawberry cakes can be refrigerated, the frosting will keep them from drying out. If there’s no frosting, then you can store at room temperature for a day or two. You can also freeze a cake fully frosted or without frosting and it will stay fresh for a couple of months.