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Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe on The perfect summer dessert!

There is nothing better than a cold glass of strawberry lemonade on a hot summer day. Well, I thought there wasn’t anything better until I had a slice of Strawberry Lemonade Cake. All of the same refreshing flavors, but in cake form. Count me in!

This cake recipe comes from my good friend Heather’s new cookbook, Generous Table. Heather’s book is filled with easy and elegant recipes that make entertaining simple throughout the seasons. We took the Strawberry Lemonade Cake to a dinner party and our friends loved it. It was the perfect ending to our dinner on the patio.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe on This pretty cake is perfect for spring and summer!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe on

I am not going to lie, layered cakes kind of intimidate me. I am always worried they will get stuck in the pan and my cake decorating skills are a little scary. The Strawberry Lemonade Cake sounded so good, I put my fears aside and got baking. I was determined to make this cake!

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The recipe was surprisingly simple. We had all of the ingredients on hand and the steps were easy to follow. And guess what? The cakes came out of the pan with no trouble at all! Yahoo!

Now let’s talk about this lovely cake-two layers of tart lemon cake sandwiched between sweet strawberry buttercream frosting an freshly slice strawberries. Now you know why I HAD to make this cake.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe on A simple summer cake recipe!

If you are looking for an easy cake to serve your family and friends this summer, make this Strawberry Lemonade Cake.  It’s a dreamy dessert for summer…or anytime!

And make sure you check out the Generous Table. It is filled with fabulous recipes that will help you celebrate every occasion! And just so you know, you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a slice of Strawberry Lemonade Cake. Every day is the perfect day for cake:)

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe on Tart lemon cake with fresh strawberries and strawberry buttercream!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Yield: Serves 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes-includes chill time

Tart lemon cake sandwiched between layers of sweet strawberry buttercream frosting and freshly sliced strawberries. This is the perfect summer cake!


1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1/3 cup cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup buttermilk
8-10 large strawberries, hulled and sliced

For the Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:

1 cup butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
2-4 large strawberries, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray two 9-inch round baking pans with baking spray.

2. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, place the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients and set aside.

4. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, combining thoroughly in between. With the mixer still running, add the lemon juice. (batter will look curdled, but it's not). Add one third of the dry ingredients and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk. Mix, then stop and scrape the sides of the bowl. Repeat, adding another third of the dry ingredients and the remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk. Mix, then stop and scrape. Add the remaining third of the dry ingredients and mix until completely combined and the batter is light and fluffy.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake the cakes for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool before removing from the pans.

6. While the cakes are cooling, make the strawberry buttercream frosting. Combine the butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl or standing mixer. Mix together on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the milk and strawberries and mix on high speed until the frosting is very fluffy and pale pink in color, with flecks of strawberry.

7. Invert one of the cake rounds onto a cake plate; generously spread with frosting and top with strawberry slices. Repeat with the remaining layer of cake and frosting. Frost the sides of the cake. Put in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the frosting to set. Serve at room temperature.

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140 Responses to “Strawberry Lemonade Cake”

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 3, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    The cake is stunning and turned out beautifully! In the past I’ve made pink lemonade bars and strawberry cakes, but I love the sounds of a strawberry-lemonade cake. Mmmm, so good and it looks so moist. Pinned!

  2. Experimental Cook — June 3, 2013 @ 4:28 am

    Olala! Hard to go on a diet with such lovely cakes here!

  3. Kathryn — June 3, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    Such a beautiful cake with such a great sounding flavour!

  4. Emily @ Life on Food — June 3, 2013 @ 6:18 am

    Beautiful cake! That frosting looks and sounds amazing. Perfect for the summer time.

  5. Laura@bakinginpyjamas — June 3, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    I love strawberries at this time of year. I love the flavour of this cake too. Good job with the presentation, it’s looks lovely.

  6. Rachel @ TwinTough — June 3, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    This cake looks sooooo good! I love how you placed the strawberries between the layers! Beautiful, delicious-looking cake!! :)

  7. Charul @ Tadka Masala — June 3, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    This looks wonderful.. such lovely colors.

  8. What a gorgeous cake!!! I love the flavors and the pretty pink color!!

  9. Tieghan — June 3, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Such a fun and pretty cake! I little sister would go crazy for the pink color!

  10. This cake looks so pretty Maria! I really like how evenly you cut all the strawberries too, they look so mouthwatering delicious! Love the flavors of the strawberries and lemon together, sounds amazing!

  11. Laura Dembowski — June 3, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    This cake sounds so flavorful and impressive yet so easy to make. All those fresh berries sound like such a great addition.

  12. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 3, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    This looks so beautiful, Maria! Love all of the fresh strawberries in there. Can’t wait to check out Heather’s new book too. :)

  13. Amy — June 3, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I don’t know what you were scared of … you look like a cake pro! Totally brought on my cravings this morning.

  14. Deborah — June 3, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    You should make layer cakes more often – this looks amazing!

  15. This cake wins the award for pretty, pretty, pretty! Imagine taking this to a party? Everyone would probably put you on their shoulders and cheer!

  16. carrian — June 3, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    You did a great job! I am totally intimidated by cakes too!

  17. Cookbook Queen — June 3, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Nothing better than a good cake. This looks fabulous, Maria!! Such perfect Summer flavors :)

  18. Great looking cake and the title just makes you want to kick off your shoes and lay out in the garden with a giant slice of it!!

  19. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — June 3, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    This is one beautiful cake! Strawberries just scream summer to me!

  20. Jess Z. — June 3, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    This looks so yummy….thinking about making it for my daughter’s birthday party. How tart is it? Would kids like it? Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 3rd, 2013 @ 10:08 am

      The cake is lemony but not overly tart because of the sweet strawberries and frosting!

  21. Julie @ Table for Two — June 3, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    love the flavors in this cake! i love heather’s book – it makes me so hungry! please gimme a slice of this lovely cake :)

  22. Julia — June 3, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Looks fantastic! So refreshing, if cake can be refreshing?!!

  23. Aimee @ Simple Bites — June 3, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    What a fantastic recipe and so perfect for summer.

  24. I can’t wait to try this, it looks delicious!

  25. This is SO pretty! I love strawberry and lemon together so much. I want that book!

  26. Annalise — June 3, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    You baked a cake! It’s beautiful, Maria. Did you save me a slice? :)

  27. Lovely cake, Maria! :)

  28. Trista — June 3, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    How many cakes did you make? I see three versions. Is the cake really lemony? I would want it to be tart and delicious!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 3rd, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      I only made one cake recipe. I just took different photos-of the whole cake, the strawberry layer, and a cut piece:) The cake is lemony!

  29. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — June 3, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    So pretty! A great summer cake.

  30. Brianna — June 3, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    What beautiful photos Maria!

  31. Drooling over this one!

  32. Alyssa — June 3, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    That cake looks divine! Thanks for sharing :-)

  33. Liz — June 3, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Delicious and Beautiful! Thank you.

  34. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — June 3, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    What a nice light, fluffy and fresh looking strawberry cake!

  35. marcie@flavorthemoments — June 3, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    This cake looks SO delicious! Perfect summertime cake.

  36. Wow! Two of my favorite things! Perfect for summer!!! Thanks for sharing!

  37. This looks so pretty & perfect for this time of year!

  38. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — June 3, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    yum! Looks delicious. . I want Heather’s cookbook! :) thanks for sharing this recipe! love it!

  39. What a gorgeous cake! Can you please pass me a slice? Actually can you just pass the entire cake? :)

  40. Absolutely stunning!

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