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Easy Strawberry Cake

An easy, fresh strawberry cake recipe that is so simple to make and can be ready in about 1 hour. It is a single-layer homemade strawberry cake crafted with yogurt and speckled with fresh strawberries.

over head view of fresh strawberry cake on white plate with whole strawberries scattered around

This fresh strawberry cake is a great way to highlight ripened summer berries. It is going to be the best thing to happen to your summer dessert table.

You just cannot beat the real strawberry flavor in this homemade cake recipe. Fresh berries are so much better than frozen strawberries. And, this recipe is almost as easy to make as box cake mix.

The homemade strawberry cake yields a moist tender cake that can be served for breakfast. It goes great with a cup of coffee!

There are a few strawberry recipes on the blog already. Strawberry panna cotta, strawberry shortcake cake, and strawberry cheesecake mousse are probably my two favorites.

But today's cake is surely a runner up.


Why this recipe works

  • Yogurt is used to keep the homemade strawberry cake moist. It becomes so tender and soft with the use of yogurt.
  • The creaming method for mixing the batter is used to get a light and fluffy cake texture. Creaming the butter and sugar until it is double in volume makes all the difference in cakes.
  • Fresh strawberries that are in peak season are the cake's best friend. The burst sweet strawberry juice inside the cake tastes phenomenal.

This is going to be the easiest cake you've ever made! You need 1 bowl and a handheld mixer or you can use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

overhead view of fresh strawberry cake with a slice cut out

What You Need

The ingredients are very basic for today's homemade strawberry cake recipe. Let’s discuss just a few of the key ingredients:

Ingredients

This is a short overview of the ingredients I used and why I chose them. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!

  • Butter: Unsalted butter softened to room temperature is best.
  • Sugar: Granulated white sugar is what I used but I didn't use a whole lot.
  • Eggs: These add moisture and structure.
  • Yogurt: Plain yogurt is what I chose to use since I'm adding extracts. But, you could use vanilla yogurt and skip the extract. Or try it with other flavors like honey.
  • Vanilla: I added this for flavor.
  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour. Make sure to measure it properly!
  • Leavening: Baking powder and baking soda help the cake rise.
  • Salt: A dash of salt balances the sweetness of the cake.
  • Strawberries: Use fresh strawberries that are ripe. Frozen and thawed strawberries could work but they may turn the batter pink or make the cake soggy.

Equipment


How to Make Strawberry Cake

1. Gather The Ingredients

Find your ingredients, raise them to room temperature, and preheat the oven.

slice of fresh strawberry cake on white plate
  1. It is essential to use room-temperature ingredients. Room temperature ingredients will combine more easily.
  2. To start, set the butter, eggs, and yogurt out on the counter 1 hour before you plan to make the cake. Measure out all the other ingredients and have them ready to use.
  3. Then, prepare your stand mixer with the paddle attachment or handheld mixer with beaters.
  4. Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch round pan and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F about 30 minutes before you begin making the batter. This allows enough time for the oven to come to temperature and stabilize.

Step 2: Mix the Wet Ingredients

Now that the ingredients are room temperature, combine the wet ingredients.

process shots for mixing wet ingredients
  1. The butter must be at room temperature in order for it to cream properly with the sugar. This is why it is so important to set it out 1 hour ahead of time.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.
  3. It should be pale in color and double the size in volume. This is how you know you have properly creamed the sugar and butter together.
  4. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature. Then, beat them in, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. The mixture should look smooth and lush.
  5. Then, add the yogurt and vanilla extract. Beat until combined. At this point, the mixture may look curdled. That's okay! It will come together in the next steps.

Step 3: Add the Flour, Leavening, and Salt

Add the dry ingredients from the strawberry cake recipe.

process shots for mixing dry ingredients
  1. Set a fine-mesh sieve over the bowl with the butter mixture. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the sieve.
  2. Shake it gently until all the dry ingredients have been sifted through. This process helps aerate the flour which will make the cake lighter.
  3. Beat at medium-low speed just until there are no visible streaks of flour throughout the batter. You want to slightly undermix here because you'll be mixing some more once you add the strawberries.

Step 4: Add the Strawberries

You are at the best ingredient. Add strawberries to the fresh strawberry cake batter!

process shots for adding chopped strawberries to cake batter
  1. Add the chopped strawberries to the batter.
  2. Use a rubber spatula to fold the strawberries in until the batter is evenly speckled.
  3. Save a few strawberries to place on top of the cake just before baking.

Step 5: Bake the Cake

Place the batter in the cake pan and bake as directed.

process shots for baking a fresh strawberry cake
  1. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  2. Then, press a few strawberry pieces into the top of the batter. It doesn't have to be neat. Just scatter them about.
  3. Bake the cake for about 40 minutes. The top should be lightly golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with only a few moist crumbs attached.

Step 6: Cool and garnish

Let the fresh strawberry cake cool. Then, garnish as desired before serving.

angled view of fresh strawberry cake with a slice cut out
  1. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Place the cake on a serving platter. Dust it with confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar). Slice and serve it with fresh strawberries as a garnish.
  3. This cake can also be eaten warm! It is great as a warm slice of breakfast cake and goes perfectly with a cup of black coffee.

Storing & Freezing

To store: This cake will stay fresh stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store it in the refrigerator for no more than a week.

To freeze: This fresh strawberry cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a large zip-top bag.

Thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator. Then, bring to room temperature before serving. Or warm single slices in the microwave in 10-second intervals until heated through.

Jen's Best Tips

  1. Properly measure the flour. Don't scoop the flour directly out of the bag with the measuring cup. Since flour compacts, this method will add too much flour to the recipe.
  2. Make sure the cold ingredients are at room temperature. Mixing cold eggs into cake batter can make the cake dense.
  3. Don't overmix the batter. Once you add the flour, mix only as much as needed to get the flour barely incorporated. Don't aim for a smooth batter!
  4. Using frozen strawberries may turn the batter pink or make the cake soggy. I recommend using fresh berries with this recipe.

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over head view of fresh strawberry cake on white plate with whole strawberries scattered around

Fresh Strawberry Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A Fresh Strawberry Cake recipe that is so simple to make and can be ready in about 1 hour. It’s a simple 1 layer cake made with yogurt and speckled with fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (114 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (184 g) plain yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (188 g) all-purpose flour - SEE NOTE 1
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (144 g) fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped
  • confectioners' sugar and fresh strawberries for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch round pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper that is cut to fit.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a handheld electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. And the yogurt and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  5. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and add it to the butter mixture. Mix just until no dry streaks of flour are visible. Take care not to over mix. The batter should not be smooth.
  6. Add the chopped strawberries, reserving about 15 small chunks for the next step. Using a silicone spatula, fold the strawberries in to the batter until evenly distributed.
  7. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Dot the top of the batter with the reserved strawberry chunks.
  8. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Serve the cake warm or transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
  10. Dust the top of the cake with confectioners' sugar and garnish with fresh strawberries before serving.

Notes

  1. Make sure you are correctly measuring the flour.

Make ahead tip

  1. The cake will stay fresh stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  2. The cake freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving. Or warm slices in the microwave for 10-12 seconds.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Neil

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Hi, thank you for the recipe, I tried this recipe in my home and the result is awesome and delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Fantastic! Thank you so much for making my recipes!

Himanshu Thakur

Monday 29th of July 2019

Strawberry cake is my favorite cake. I tried to make strawberry cake many times but it is too difficult to bake. The recipe you shared is so simple. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

Jen Sobjack

Monday 29th of July 2019

I'm so happy you enjoyed the cake!

Gina

Thursday 4th of July 2019

Super easy to make and fantastic taste! I'm not much of a baker but your instructions were great so I had no problems! I did use a mix of strawberry and vanilla yogurt instead of plain because that is what I had but it was still really delicious! Thank you for my new go to cake recipe!

Nancy

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

This is the best strawberry cake I've ever had. It's so simple to make too!!

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