Strawberry Lemonade Cake

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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

Tart lemon cake sandwiched between layers of sweet strawberry buttercream frosting and freshly sliced strawberries. This is the perfect summer cake!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose 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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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. The cake portion of the recipe calls for strawberries, but the directions do not include what to do with them. Do you fold them into the cake batter?

  2. Sorry about that; in the meantime, I went back and re-read the recipe and found the answer. That’s what I get for half-reading the recipe.

  3. I have two suggestions: Post on allrecipes (with a linkback here of course) so it can be found and rated, and clipped for those of us with memberships, and a cupcake conversion!
    I will be the first to give it 5 stars! I didn’t even get a slice since I gave it away, but when I evened my layers, I had a big paper thin piece with a spoonful of frosting. It is so buttery and delicious. I’m going to make cupcakes, and now I’m sad that I’m in Kansas and don’t get to use my grandma’s meyer lemons.

  4. What a great cake recipe! The cake has a great, fluffy texture with just the right amount of lemony kick and the strawberry buttercream is amazing! I could definitely just eat a bowl of the icing alone :-). Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    This cake is amazing. I made it for a co-worker for her birthday and the whole office raved about how good it was. Very light and refreshing for summer. The lemon makes it very tasty. Use fresh local strawberries if you can get them, I think it made a big difference. Plus it’s easy, that’s always a bonus to me.

  6. 5 stars
    Beautiful, scrumptious cake!!!!!!  Just perfect!  It’s gobbled up at lightening speed every time I make it!  

  7. Hello! I’m about to make this cake for my daughter’s birthday and am wondering if I should refrigerate overnight if I make it the night before? Thank you! It looks beautiful!

  8. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing. AMAZING. Everyone loved it. The fresh strawberries add some tartness to the sweet frosting. All the flavors compliment each other. I will certainly be making this again. I could see a strawberry sauce being served with this as well…

  9. 5 stars
    I want to personally thank you for posting this Strawberry Lemonade cake recipe – I was asked by my very special niece to make her wedding cake for her wedding on June 2nd, 2018. And even though I’ve made quite a few wedding cakes in the past, for friends & family weddings, it’s been awhile since I’ve made a wedding cake, and was concerned that I didn’t really have a standard “go-to” recipe for her cake. Plus, she gave me free rain to make whatever flavor cake I wanted for her – as long as it was a “Naked Cake and had 3 tiers” – so I was a bit overwhelmed, without a clue where to start!

    I spent 6 weekends trying different cakes, hoping for “the one” and most of them just left me frustrated – I even tried the recent Royal Wedding Cake, but I didn’t like the texture, plus it just didn’t wow me and give me the confidence that it would be a cake that would please the bride to be. Just 3 days, before the wedding (and when I needed to get everything together to start baking!), I stumbled upon your recipe and let me just say, that after the first trial, I new it was going to be a winner!! The cake baked beautifully, it was easy to make and work with and packed a wonderful flavor! The only changes that I made to it, is that I made a lemon syrup, poked small holes into the cake and brushed the syrup on each layer before frosting it and adding the strawberries. Plus, because I needed the outside of the cake to be white, I made a buttercream lemon zest frosting for the outside which complemented the cake beautifully.

    It was a hit! Everyone loved it, it was so beautiful when it was sliced, that the crowd all ohhhh and ahhhh’ed about it, but most importantly, the bride and groom loved the cake, in fact she told me later that he doesn’t normally eat cake, but he was asking about it throughout the evening and wanted more cake!

    So Thank You for helping me create a cake that I was proud of and that helped complete a beautiful day with my amazing niece and family! 🙂 🙂

  10. 4 stars
    It was delicious! Besides the fact that the frosting was too sweet the cake was yum yum yum! Just a tip add alittle powdered sugar at a time and taste❤️

  11. 5 stars
    Made this for my friend’d BD. I was afraid it might be too sweet after reading the comments. It was delicious…sweet, but not too sweet. She loved it!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this cake for my son’s birthday yesterday and modified it by adding vanilla to the cake batter And frosting, it was a great cake and recipe. He loved it. Thanks for the recipe

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