Two Peas and Their Pod

Strawberry Cake

I have always enjoyed strawberries, but lately I am obsessed. Strawberries are one of the few foods that I count on right now. They always taste good. Luckily, they were on sale last week for 88 cents a pound. We stocked up and I have been eating them like mad. I put them on my cereal, mix them in my yogurt, and eat them plain. I also made this delightful Strawberry Cake.

I love that this cake is easy to make and requires basic ingredients. I had the batter in the pan in about ten minutes. The sliced strawberries peek through cake, creating a beautiful snack cake. The cake is moist and reminds me of strawberry shortcake, one of my favorite desserts. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you enjoy ripe, red strawberries, you will love this Strawberry Cake. It is a great dessert for spring.

Strawberry Cake

Yield: Serves 10

Cook Time: 50-55 minutes


6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on top of cake


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan or pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.

3. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Arrange strawberry slices on top of batter. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over berries.

4. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 50-55 minutes. Let cool in pan. To serve, cut into wedges. Store cake at room temperature, for up to two days.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

If you like this Strawberry Cake, you might also like:
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Strawberries and Cream Cake Kebobs from How Sweet It Is
Strawberry Shortcake Cake from The Food Librarian

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141 Responses to “Strawberry Cake”

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  1. Dishes of Mrs. Fish — March 28, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    You’re right, this cake is perfect for spring!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 28, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    Gorgeous cake Maria and Josh! I am so in love with strawberries right now. Yum!

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 28, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    Maria, it looks awesome. I just scored on tons of fresh strawberries at the groc store and they’d be perfect w/ this cake!

  4. Erica — March 28, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    This is so pretty Maria! It definitely screams spring and Easter. I see this with a little whipped cream for the holiday :)

  5. Ally (oatsandspice) — March 28, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    Yum! I am SO going to make this – it reminds me of the delicious strawberry shortcake my dad used to always make :)

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 28, 2011 @ 4:43 am

    Yummy looking cake!! Strawberries are a favorite in our house too :)

  7. Heather (heather's dish) — March 28, 2011 @ 4:46 am

    oh yum…summer in a cake!

  8. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — March 28, 2011 @ 5:08 am

    what a beautiful recipe. it’s 20 in nyc this morning, so thanks for the glimpse of summer!

  9. The Café Sucré Farine — March 28, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I love the way the strawberries stay so pretty looking – sometimes they get kind of brownish and ugly when they are baked – not here, Yum!

  10. Maria….soooo weird you and I have been creating the same recipes these days. I did a strawberry cake this weekend too. This looks wonderful!

  11. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — March 28, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    Looks delicious and has me in the mood for summeR!

  12. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — March 28, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    Pretty pretty! This speaks to what I’m craving right now! Love the strawberries with the daisies in the photos, too.

  13. brandi — March 28, 2011 @ 6:31 am

    delicious! I’m so ready for strawberry season :)

  14. Melissa — March 28, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    I had made this last summer and it is great. I remember my dad saying, “how can something so simple be so delicious.” Needless to say it was a hit.

  15. megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 28, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    beautiful cake! and what a lovely picture of all those strawberries :)

  16. Deliciously Organic — March 28, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    Perfect for spring! Love this!

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 28, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    Your strawberry cake is making me crave strawberries and spring! Beautiful.

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 28, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    Looks wonderful. Reminds me of a galette… in cake form!

  19. Jenny Flake — March 28, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    What a beautiful cake! Love it!

  20. Annalise — March 28, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I bought a bunch of the 88 cent strawberries too! And my were they tasty, I wish I had more. Especially to make this cake, perfect for spring indeed!

  21. Lesley Lifting Life — March 28, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Mmm! I haven’t had any good strawberries yet this year, but I’m so looking forward to it!! :)

  22. Darla @ Bakingdom — March 28, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    I have the worst time getting fresh strawberries on my island, and when I can get them, they cost a small fortune, but this cake looks so worth it!

    P.S. Absolutely stunning photos!!

  23. Pam — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    It looks beautiful and delicious!

  24. Lucy Lean — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 am


  25. Nell — March 28, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    I stocked up on strawberries for 88 cents too! Yes for Spring time! (even if we just got snow this morning).
    Looks like I might be able to use up what I have left!

  26. Lucy @ The Sweet Touch — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Mmmmm, mmmmm! This looks like the perfect treat for any time of day!

  27. Feast on the Cheap — March 28, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Gorgeous! I can’t wait for the weather to warm up… I have the same colander, ps, and I also use it specifically for my berries!

  28. Tracey — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Wow $.88/lb?? They’re never that cheap here, but you can bet I’d be stocking up too if they were :) The cake looks great!

  29. Aggie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    I love how chunky with strawberries that cake is! I can’t believe how cheap they are up by you…I can’t pick them that cheap here!

  30. This is such a lovely cake! I love the plump strawberries just bursting out of it. So yummy!

  31. 88 cents a pound?? man, the store here had them on sale for an unusually cheap 3.99 a pound. clearly i’m living in the wrong part of the county. but this cake looks amazing! i’m going to try it out as soon as i can get some decent strawberries for under a hundred dollars.

  32. Sara — March 28, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Wow, my hubby would love this. Strawberries are his favorite. I bet a bit of whip cream would make this extra fabulous!

  33. natalie (the sweets life) — March 28, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I love how pretty it is! I think I have about 1/2 cup buttermilk left…might have to make this this week!

  34. Fuji Mama — March 28, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    It’s killing me that you live so far away. For one, I want a piece of this NOW. For two, 88 cents a pound?!? NO FAIR!!!!

  35. This looks lovely! Reminds me of a clafouti. Beautiful pix also.

  36. Katrina — March 28, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Looks great, Maria. Loving the strawberries right now, too!

  37. EatLiveRun — March 28, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I just bought a pound of strawberries so I might make this cake this week! Yours looks lovely.

  38. How absolutely beautiful! I’d probably dollop on some vanilla ice cream and cover it in the bittersweet hot fudge I posted today…perfect dessert!

  39. Joanne — March 28, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    I can’t wait until really good strawberries can be found here! This cake sounds so refreshing!

  40. marly — March 28, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    What a delicious cake – makes me feel ready for summertime!

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