25 Best Strawberry Cake Recipes
When you’re looking for a dessert or tea time treat that will delight your guests – a strawberry cake is guaranteed to delight everyone.
In this article, we’ve uncovered 25 of the best strawberry cake recipes. From exquisitely decorated creations to more informal, yet delightful desserts that can be assembled in seconds, there’s a strawberry cake for every occasion.
Read on, and be inspired to bring more strawberries into your life!
1. Strawberry Cake – Really Easy Recipe
This quick and easy recipe calls for a full pound of juicy strawberries – some go inside the cake to make it wonderfully moist, and the rest are used for decoration. But don’t go overboard when you add them to the batter, as the juice can make it too wet, and you’ll find it takes far longer to cook.
This strawberry cake keeps well for days – but chances it will soon be gone! Serve it at room temperature, warm it up, and add ice cream or slather it with hot vanilla sauce.
2. Easy Sponge Cake Recipe
This classic European sponge cake (aka genoise) needs only four ingredients and is surprisingly easy to get right. It’s perfect for strawberry cakes because the base perfectly absorbs all kinds of moisture – from fruit, syrups, frostings, and even liqueurs.
In addition, the recipe can be adapted to create endless variations – use whatever fruit is in season and use your imagination to create a spectacular dessert.
3. Strawberry Icebox Cake
Here’s a tempting no-bake dessert to make in advance and use whenever you want to serve a decadent frozen treat. It couldn’t be easier to create – simply layer graham crackers, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Then, keep going until you run out of ingredients!
Expect it to become a little mushy as the cream and juice seep into the crackers – but who cares, as the result is heavenly!
4. Strawberry Shortcake
You can’t go wrong with this classic strawberry shortcake. This luscious, easy-to-make dessert is perfect for using a glut of fresh strawberries. Or, if you only have a few strawberries, combine them with other ripe summer fruits such as peaches or apricots.
It’s your choice to make one large cake or create individual portions. The crust can be pre-baked in advance and assembled just before you serve.
5. High Altitude Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake
This soft and light vanilla cake will do the trick when you’re looking to impress! The three layers are packed with fresh strawberry compote and frosted with delectable whipped cream cheese frosting. It’s a decadent cake guaranteed to delight your guests in spring and summer.
Hint: use frozen strawberries for the filling and save the big juicy ones for decoration on top
You’re only limited by your imagination!
6. Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake
Who doesn’t love Nutella? It’s surprising what a great partner it makes for strawberries. The chocolate sponge has just a hint of hazelnut for added interest. What we love most about this recipe, though, is the way all the elements pile on top of each other without too much attention to an immaculately ‘polished’ result.
Deep chocolate sponge, thick luscious creamy layers, and strawberries not arranged but piled on top. It’s the strawberry cake of childhood dreams!
7. Fresh Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe
With its baby pink strawberry glaze, this mouthwatering pound cake has a retro look and a dense yet moist texture reminiscent of the homemade cakes our grandmothers and aunties would bring out for a special tea-time treat!
8. Strawberry Jello Cake
Definitely a favorite with kids and adults alike. If you don’t have time or inclination to bake the sponge base, use a cheesecake mixture of breadcrumbs and butter instead. Cover that with a thick and luscious combo of vanilla-scented Greek yogurt and thick homemade cream. Top with strawberry jello and stud with sliced fresh strawberries.
Simply irresistible and perfect for a special spring or summer treat.
9. Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Filling
Chocolate and strawberries are a classic combo, and this cake melds them together with luscious strawberry cream cheese frosting. The cake batter is easy to make and benefits from the added twist of some coffee powder to give it an extra depth of flavor—an ideal dessert for a Valentine’s, Easter, or Mother’s Day meal.
10. Gourmet Strawberry Cheesecake with Yuzu Ice Cream & Meringue
This sophisticated concoction from Chef Matteo Ferratino cleverly contrasts the sweetness of the strawberry shortcake and meringue with the sharp, cool flavor of yuzu ice cream. And if you don’t know what a yuzu is – no problem.
This tangy Japanese citrus fruit is still challenging to find in the US. However, a lemon, lime, or grapefruit will make a perfectly acceptable substitute.
11. Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream Cake
Here’s an exciting twist on the typical no-bake cake base – it’s an intriguing mix of salty pretzels with sweet ginger cookies. Rich vanilla and creamy strawberry ice cream are then swirled on top.
The recipe also calls for strawberry jam, but if that’s too sweet and heavy, a light, homemade coulis will do the job perfectly. In return for almost no effort, you’ll have created a distinctive and delicious cake that will impress your guests!
12. Japanese Strawberry Cake
Small and immaculately decorated, this light and fluffy Japanese-inspired cake brings out the fresh simplicity of the ingredients. If you’re looking for a recipe that isn’t cloyingly sweet, this is definitely worth a try!
13. Gluten-Free Vegan Strawberry Cake
This deep pink fancy uses beetroot powder to create the startling hue and replaces flour with almonds, which keeps it moist and crumbly. It’s easy to make as all the ingredients are whizzed together in a blender to create the batter. Serve with vegan cream, yogurt, or ice cream.
Hint: a thick batter creates a lighter cake, while a thin batter will produce a heavier texture – so choose whichever you prefer!
14. Strawberry Cake Roll
If you’re looking for a way to create an original cake with your unique decorative flair, give this easy pink roll a try.
If you’re not an expert cake froster – here’s an alternative! This enticingly light cake has decorative touches baked in. Experiment with your designs – from strawberries to Easter themes to simple abstract designs – the choice is yours. And as you make these separately, you can practice until you get the result you’re looking for. Then, place them on a baking sheet, pour the cake batter over them, and bake!
There’s a helpful step-by-step guide on the Love and Olive Oil site to inspire you, and even a minimalist design will look stunning against the delicate pink of the sponge!
15. Korean Strawberry Cake
Korean cakes are all the rage on social media right now, and this small-but-perfect concoction is one of the most beautiful we’ve found anywhere.
The honeyed Genoa-style sponge is layered with white chocolate ganache and drizzled with Kirsch-flavored syrup over the immaculately arranged fresh strawberries on top.
Hint: be aware that the Kirsch retains a significant alcohol content. If you prefer an alcohol-free version, use a rich cherry syrup instead – much better for kids!
16. Keto Strawberry Mousse Cake – Low Carb
When you’re following a keto lifestyle, there’s no need to blow it just because you can’t resist strawberry cake!
This sumptuous keto layer cake is slathered with light and fluffy strawberry mousse, created from a mouthwatering combination of pureed strawberries, whipped cream, and mascarpone cheese.
The result is not cloyingly sweet, but as the strawberry flavor permeates the cake and mousse, this spring and summertime dessert is a treat any keto fan will enjoy!
17. Strawberry Upside Down Cake
So far, we’ve been looking at raw or baked strawberries surrounded by cake batter. This light, moist, upside-down cake recipe roasts them – and is worth trying just to fill your house with the heavenly aroma! And the result is an exquisitely light summer treat that looks as good as it tastes!
18. Strawberry and Cream Sponge Cake
A classic, 3-layer sponge that needs only three ingredients (eggs, sugar, and flour) couldn’t be easier to make.
There’s plenty of scope to add your unique twist – buttercream, cream cheese frosting, whipped cream, or perhaps glaze with vanilla. Or drizzle it with a rich chocolate ganache made with fine chocolate and heavy cream.
19. Strawberry Crunch Cake
This cute pink Crunch Cake is so distinctive! A delightful combination of light, soft, and crunchy textures it’s also easy-to-make. The distinctive crunchy coating mixes sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, oil, vanilla, and freeze-dried strawberry powder.
Hint: although this cake doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge (an airtight container will do), chilling makes it taste extra good. In fact, the chances of having any left over to store are vanishingly slim!
20. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake
Here’s a total showstopper of a dessert that can be assembled in no time! The ultimate no-bake cake needs only two filling ingredients: a ready-made Sara Lee frozen cheesecake and a tub of your favorite strawberry ice cream (it must have fruit chunks).
First, the base is a mix of graham crackers and melted butter. Then the cheesecake is diced, mixed with the ice cream, and slathered over it. Next, add whipped cream, sliced strawberries, or any other decoration you fancy – a messy look is just fine.
Then serve, and wait as your guests gasp in awe and polish off the whole thing while you humbly accept their compliments!
21. French Strawberry Cake
This stunning cake offers not one but three wow factors! First, there’ll be the wonderful aroma as it’s baking. Next, it looks amazing and a far cry from a boring sponge! Third, there’s the meltingly soft custardy center. Finally, it’s an uncomplicated strawberry take on the classic French apple cake recipe.
22. Strawberry Margarita Funnel Cake
Let’s be clear – this is an adults-only concoction, only served when the kids are safely tucked up in bed!
It’s a decadent funnel cake sprinkled with lime zest, with a bit of bite around the edges. Finished off with a generous drizzle of Key Lime Curd and – wait for it – topped with a mound of tequila-drenched strawberries. To finish, sprinkle it with powdered sugar and a pinch of salt because this is a margarita cake.
It’s a guaranteed showstopper for a grown-up party.
23. Strawberry Shortcake Roll
The great thing about this light strawberry shortcake roll is that you can make the cake mix and the fruity jam filling ahead of time. Perfect for an easy-to-make springtime treat.
Pro tip: Roll the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven and cools. When ready to fill, carefully unroll, slather on the cream and strawberry jam, then re-roll.
24. Angel Cake – Strawberry Shortcake in Cups
These cute no-bake desserts resemble trifles more than a typical cake. Layer fresh, ripe strawberries with store-bought angel food cake (or make your own if time isn’t an issue), cream cheese, and Cool Whip topping (or whip up your own version).
Although they require virtually no effort, they look adorable and are perfect for baby showers and any celebration where you need something enticing that tastes divine and can be created in minutes.
25. Brownie Cheesecake w/ Strawberry Flavored Chocolate Cream
Brownie cheesecake with strawberry flavored chocolate cream is a fantastic treat for the whole family. The brownie batter is great, not very dense with a moist, slightly airy texture. On top comes a chocolate cream flavored with strawberries.
Bonus: check out this delicious panna cotta with strawberry sorbet recipe. It’s heavenly!