12 Sweet Strawberry Cake Recipes

Strawberries are a favorite of many for several reasons. Appearance-wise, they’re very delicate and pretty, almost gorgeous even. 

As for taste, each is a pop of freshness and sweetness. Strawberries are also versatile; they can become jams, cakes, and other desserts. 

Speaking of cakes, these fruits are a staple in this world. Usually, they’re pretty little garnishes, but for this article, they’re the main highlight. 

So, if you’re looking to make yourself the best strawberry cake – I got you! I’ve featured recipes for different strawberry cakes, so knock yourself out. 

1. Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream 

Most cakes use strawberries only as a decoration. But this recipe exudes strawberry flavor from base to buttercream. 

Unlike other recipes, it uses a fresh strawberry reduction instead of strawberry-flavored gelatin to achieve authentic flavors. 

You’ll have to make the reduction using fresh or frozen strawberries. It’s easy to make; you just need some lemon zest, salt, and juice. 

The original recipe is for two 8 inch round cake pans. However, if you want a 9 inch round cake or sheet cake, you can modify the cake batter and frosting calculator in the blog post. 

2. Homemade Strawberry Cake

A baker will tell you that making strawberry cake is a challenge. Well, at least the challenge is in making sure it’s strawberry-tasting. 

Usually, people rely on artificial flavorings to make their cake, but this strawberry cake recipe uses a puree. But because the strawberry puree is too liquidy, you will have to reduce it first. 

Thus, the flavors are really concentrated. The puree also makes the cake pink, but you can brighten it up by adding food coloring. 

When you get a slice of this cake, you don’t just feel strawberries; you get a taste of home as well. 

3. Fresh Strawberry Cake 

For the first recipes, you’ve seen the strawberries reduced to liquid. In this one, you can still see them as actual fruits. 

Also, this cake isn’t a bright pastel pink, if you’re not into that. But the flavors and strawberry experience are still there because a whole layer of the fruit halves is laid on the batter. 

This recipe is easy and straightforward. Just don’t forget to cover the strawberry layer with powdered sugar for a balanced taste. 

While simple, you can elevate the cake by topping it with vanilla ice cream or sweet whipped cream. 

4. Strawberry Layer Cake 

Layer cakes are gorgeous to look at. You can see how the cakes stack up beautifully on top of each other, with tasty and colorful layers breaking the monotony. 

Thus, it’s no wonder they’re a party favorite. If you have a party to look forward to, why not make this strawberry layer cake for the occasion? 

There are three elements: cake, frosting, and filling/decor. The strawberry flavor is in the filling between cake layers and garnishes. 

Interestingly, this layer cake is rectangular so you’d have straight-edged bases. These cakes usually use round cake pans. 

5. Japanese Strawberry Shortcake 

There’s no strawberry cake list without a strawberry shortcake. No, I’m not talking about cartoon characters. 

Because the American version of a shortcake is more of a biscuit than a cake, I’ll share a recipe for a Japanese one instead. These have a special place in Japanese holiday celebrations. 

You make a Japanese strawberry shortcake by layering sponge cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It’s then covered with a whipped cream frosting. 

It’s simple and complicated at the same time. Excellent technique is needed to achieve the cake’s iconic elegance, texture, and lightness. 

6. Strawberry Poke Cake 

If you haven’t heard of a poke cake, it’s a cake poked with several holes after baking. You do that so a liquid or syrup can seep into it and add flavor or moisture. 

For this dessert, you’ll fill the holes with a strawberry gelatin mixture. You get juice from the strawberries and thicken them with strawberry gelatin. 

Once ready, you can pour the gelatin mix into the cake holes. Then, you can cover the cake with whipped topping and fresh berries. 

When you slice into the cake, you’ll see the red trails the strawberry gelatin left. 

7. Strawberry Cheesecake 

I love cheesecake. I love strawberries. A strawberry cheesecake? Heaven. 

So you’d have the same joy I had knowing about this recipe, I’ll share it with you. Ingredients are easy to find, and the procedure’s simple. 

The end product is a rich, creamy cheesecake topped with sweet strawberry sauce. You’ll make that sauce using diced and chopped strawberries, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.

Although simple-looking, this dessert has an exquisite and rich taste. It takes time to prepare, but you’ll find it worth it. 

8. Strawberry Cupcakes 

Making cupcakes isn’t as easy as placing the batter in a cupcake tin instead of a cake pan. There are subtle but critical differences.

Thus, it’s better to stick to an actual cupcake recipe. Lucky for you, I have one here!

These little cupcakes have chopped strawberries in the batter. You’ll top them with a strawberry frosting. 

The cupcakes are perfectly light, moist, and pretty, especially if you place garnishes.

To make this, you just need standard ingredients like flour, baking powder, and unsalted butter. Grab those real quick and make yourself these strawberry delights. 

9. Strawberry Gateau 

A gateau is an elaborate French sponge cake with fruit layers. Thus, they appear more sophisticated and delicious.

While a gateau sounds intimidating, it’s easy to make, especially since I’ve picked this simple procedure with a high recipe rating. 

You only need nine ingredients, but the real work is in the technique. You’d have to follow the steps carefully to ensure that the sponge is light and the filling is heavenly. 

For instance, the egg whites and yolks are whipped separately AND differently. But if you do it right, you get to cut into and EAT a delicious strawberry cloud. 

10. Strawberry Roll Cake 

Among the different cake shapes, my favorite is actually the roll cake. This roll cake has a vanilla cake base with strawberry cream cheese frosting.

If you attempt to make this, remember to roll the cake shortly after it’s out of the oven. Otherwise, it’s harder to shape, and you’d get cracks, and it’s just not as pretty as it should be. 

Also, make sure to add the right amount of cream in the correct areas. Don’t put too much on the sides and too little in the middle. 

Making a roll cake perfectly needs experience, but this recipe makes sure even beginners can do it. 

11. Strawberry Extract Cake 

Real strawberries are best for authentic and elevated flavors. However, it’s not in season at times, or you live in a place where strawberries are just too expensive.

Thus, the next best thing is a strawberry extract. While this recipe doesn’t use pure extract, it’s still cheaper as it uses less fruit. 

The author says this is an improved box cake. Box cakes are often reminiscent of childhood and a taste of home.

However, this one looks and tastes more sophisticated than the usual cake mix. It’s also covered by a lovely, rich cream cheese frosting, which adds a touch. 

12. Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Strawberry and Chocolate. By themselves, these two flavors are classics. But together? Fantastic. 

This chocolate strawberry cake is also made free of gluten and grain. If you want to, you can easily turn it dairy-free, too. 

Looking at this cake, you can easily see the two prevalent flavors. The strawberry buttercream frosting covers the entire cake with gorgeous pastel pink.

You can decorate the cake with fresh strawberries and dripping with shiny, sweet chocolate ganache. It’s so gorgeous, you can eat it with your eyes. 

The cake takes only an hour and a half to make.

12 Sweet Strawberry Cake Recipes

12 Sweet Strawberry Cake Recipes

Recipe by Brenda

Make yourself a sweet strawberry cake using these recipes!


  • Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

  • Homemade Strawberry Cake 

  • Fresh Strawberry Cake

  • Strawberry Layer Cake 

  • Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

  • Strawberry Poke Cake 

  • Strawberry Cheesecake 

  • Strawberry Cupcakes 

  • Strawberry Gateau 

  • Strawberry Roll Cake 

  • Strawberry Extract Cake 

  • Chocolate Strawberry Cake


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  • Organize all the required ingredients.
  • Prep a strawberry cake in 30 minutes or less!
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