Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting

Strawberry cake is one of my very favorites. It’s summertime perfection.

I made the cake for my parents when they came to town for a visit for my birthday last month and we all loved it.

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting - Soft, tender cake loaded with FRESH strawberries and a sweet strawberry frosting!! An EASY layer cake that's perfect for parties! Strawberry fans will LOVE IT!!

I never make myself birthday cakes, and didn’t set out with that as the goal when I made this cake. I make so many cakes as a blogger that I didn’t think twice when I embarked on this one, but it turned out to be a wonderful happy accident of a birthday cake.

This soft, tender, moist cake is loaded with so much strawberry flavor, both in the cake and in the frosting.

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Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting - Soft, tender cake loaded with FRESH strawberries and a sweet strawberry frosting!! An EASY layer cake that's perfect for parties! Strawberry fans will LOVE IT!!

It’s an easy recipe that starts with cake mix which gets doctored up with strawberry gelatin and fresh strawberries. It’s an almost scratch cake which is fine by me.

I baked the cake in two 9-inch rounds because I love the presentation pop that a layer cake lends, but you can make it as a 9×13-inch cake if you prefer.

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting - Soft, tender cake loaded with FRESH strawberries and a sweet strawberry frosting!! An EASY layer cake that's perfect for parties! Strawberry fans will LOVE IT!!

I frosted the cake with scratch strawberry frosting that’s made with strawberry preserves. Make sure you use a thick jam with strawberry chunks and not thin and runny jelly so your frosting has wonderful strawberry flecks throughout.

The frosting is very sweet but then again, all frosting is sweet. This one happens to be sweeter than most because there’s both strawberry jam and confectioners’s sugar in it, but if you have a sweet tooth you’re going to love it. If you don’t have sweet teeth I would suggest another less sweet frosting, such as doubling this one.

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting - Soft, tender cake loaded with FRESH strawberries and a sweet strawberry frosting!! An EASY layer cake that's perfect for parties! Strawberry fans will LOVE IT!!

Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting

Strawberry cake is one of my very favorites. It’s summertime perfection. This soft, tender, moist cake is loaded with so much strawberry flavor, both in the cake and in the frosting. It’s an easy recipe that starts with cake mix which gets doctored up with strawberry gelatin and fresh strawberries. I baked the cake in two 9-inch rounds but you can make it as a 9×13-inch cake if you prefer. I frosted the cake with very sweet strawberry frosting that’s made with strawberry preserves. Use a thick jam with strawberry chunks and not thin and runny jelly.

Ingredients:

Cake

  • one 15-ounce box white cake mix
  • one 3-ounce box of strawberry gelatin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely diced fresh strawberries (from about 1 pint)
  • 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half (milk or water may be substituted)

Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • heaping 1/2 cup strawberry preserves (thick jam with strawberry chunks, not runny jelly)
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons cream or half-and-half, as needed for consistency
  • red food coloring, optional and as necessary
  • fresh strawberries, optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Cake – Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans (or one 9×13-inch pan) with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric handheld mixer), add all ingredients except strawberries, and beat on medium-high speed until well blended, about 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Add the strawberries and beat to incorporate.
  4. Turn batter out into prepared pans, divided evenly, and bake for about 30 to 34 minutes, or until done and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow cakes to cool in pans, on a wire rack, for about 15 minutes before inverting and removing cakes to cool completely on wire racks. Make sure cakes are completely cooled before frosting them.
  5. FrostingNote the frosting is very sweet. If you prefer something less sweet, I recommend doubling this one. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric handheld mixer), add the butter, and beat on medium-high speed to smooth it.
  6. Add the strawberry preserves, extract, 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, and beat on medium-high speed to blend. Add 1 additional cup confectioners’ sugar, and beat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until very well whipped, light, and fluffy. As necessary, drizzle in the cream to thin frosting to a thick, yet spreadable, consistency.
  7. Optionally add red food coloring to make the frosting pinker; I added about 10 drops.
  8. Add about one-third of the frosting to the top of one of the cakes and smooth it with a spatula or knife. Place the other cake on top, add about one-third of the remaining frosting, and smooth it. Add the remaining amount of frosting to the sides of the cake and smooth it.
  9. Optionally add fresh strawberries for garnishing before serving. Cake will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Let it come to room temp before serving.

Cake adapted from here, here, and here

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17 comments on “Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Frosting”

  1. Averie, this had to be amazing by your standard. You rarely post layered cakes (even though I wish you would more)… So I can just imagine how well you made it

    • It was such a pretty cake to look at for the days it lasted at my house! I actually have another layer cake recipe coming up in a few weeks. I realized I don’t have many and am trying to do more :)

  2. Happy belated birthday! I love the look of layer cakes (and the extra frosting in the middle). This one is so pretty and the strawberry buttercream sounds amazing as well.  Sounds like a perfect birthday cake to me!

  3. This is so gorgeous and easy!!

  4. My goodness the entire page is full of wonderful looking strawberry recipes! Just beautiful. That cake looks absolutely delightful. My daughter always asks for strawberry cake for her birthday so I’ll be saving this recipe for her next birthday.

  5. hey girl- this cake looks so yummy!

  6. Hi, I am wondering if this recipe can be made into cupcakes and what the baking time would be for cupcakes?
    Thank you.

  7. This is just superb! This looks so tasty, wonder how good will it taste :)

  8. I am 80 yrs. old and this the second cake i have made, when i saw this recipe i knew i had to make this cake and i did, took it to family reunion and it was a hit. thanks for the recipe

  9. This cake was easy to make and tasted delicious! I made it for my two-year-old son’s bday as he had requested a pink strawberry cake– this one fit the bill!

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