Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Cake made from scratch! This strawberry cake recipe is perfect for those looking for a fresh strawberry cake made from scratch ingredients.

Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe | ©

Strawberry Cake has to be one of my family’s favorite cakes – especially my husband’s. This past weekend, my niece asked for a strawberry cake for her graduation party and I leapt at the chance to make it for her.

As much as I love my Grandmother Verdie’s Strawberry Cake recipe, I wanted to make one that I made from scratch. I knew the party gave me the perfect opportunity to gauge my family’s reaction to this updated version of my family’s classic recipe.

Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe | ©

Quick, easy, delicious and made from just a few simple ingredients, this strawberry cake is definitely a keeper of a recipe. The strawberry flavor is definitely pronounced, with bites of fresh strawberries throughout.  The cake also has a light pink tint rather than an over the top pink coloring that many strawberry cakes get from the addition of flavored gelatin to the mix. So, if you are looking for a strawberry cake option that is made from scratch, this is for you!

Here’s my Strawberry Cake recipe. Hope you love it!

3.6 from 12 reviews
Strawberry Cake Recipe
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Strawberry Cake made from scratch! This strawberry cake recipe is perfect for those looking for a fresh strawberry cake made from scratch ingredients.
Serves: 12
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray or prepare with butter or shortening and flour. Remove any excess flour.
  2. Prepare yellow cake recipe according to the recipe. Stir the strawberry syrup into the cake batter and then gently fold in the chopped strawberries. Divide the batter between prepared cake pans and bake until toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in the center, about 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to rest in pans about 3-5 minutes. Then, allow to cool completely before frosting with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Robyn xo


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(Originally published July 2013. Republished February 2015.)


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  1. 6

    Anna says

    Thanks for the reply-when I first looked at this recipe the link for the syrup didn’t come up because I was on my phone. Thanks again can’t wait to make it!!!

  2. 12

    Jane says

    Will your strawberry butter cream frosting recipe that makes 2 cups be enough to cover the 2 layer, 9 inch round cake?

  3. 13

    Kathleen says

    I used Trader Joe’s Gluten Free all purpose flour in place of the regular flour and it was great! The strawberry syrup was wonderful! Thank you for this great recipe I could easily adjust :)

  4. 14

    Elizabeth says

    I am trying this recipe because I have a pork roast and don’t want to cook, it sounds delicious and I think your writing is great. I can’t wait!

  5. 15

    Elizabeth says

    Please give that pork roast recipe five stars! My daughter distracted me and I send it with one star or none. That is not what I wanted to do.

  6. 24

    Elly says

    not sure what happened or where I went wrong. I printed out the yellow cake recipe. Made it according to instructions, added the homemade strawberry syrup and chopped strawberries. Not sure why the yellow cake recipe shows to bake longer than the strawberry when the strawberry has added liquid, nonetheless I had to bake the 3 layers for 35 minutes as they were not cooked at 25 minutes. No harm. I made the strawberry buttercream recipe according to instructions. Assembled the cake and my husband asked for a chocolate mousse filling,(it was his birthday cake) so I made the mousse, filled then frosted the cake. The buttercream was to die for, the cake, it was okay. No strawberry flavor, it rose well and had it not been for the chocolate mousse filling and strawberry buttercream the cake would have just been a regular cake. The syrup and buttercream I will make again but the cake, no

  7. 25

    Jenn Copland says

    My son is allergic to strawberries, could I just swap out raspberries or blueberries or would other adjustments need to be made? Thanks in advance!

  8. 27

    Isabelle says

    Hi, I was just wondering if this cake can be made a day or two in advance (because of the fresh strawberries)?

    • 28


      Hi Isabelle,
      I’ve made it a couple of days in advance of a party and stored it in the refrigerator until time of serving for that reason.

  9. 32


    I am new to your site and love it. I always thought it was an exaggeration to say that someone’s recipe and pics could make you drool and experience “hunger pangs” on the spot. It is not. I noticed on several other cake recipes there were pics of a slice of the cake. Is it possible to see one of this cake? Pretty please with a berry on top?

  10. 33

    Vince says

    Looks yummy — but you and I have a VERY different definition of making something “from scratch.” I have no objections to your using a box mix but, if you opt to use one, don’t say you made it from scratch.

    • 34


      Hi Vince,
      I’m not sure where you are seeing that a box mix is used in this recipe. If you click the link to the cake recipe, you’ll see that it is indeed from scratch. Hope you have a great day!

      • 35

        Audra says

        Why people keep mention about box mix? That is toch pretty clear a link to a recipe ? Not a box mix???

  11. 36

    Christine says

    Can’t wait to try this with the icing. I added extra strawberry syrup to the tops of the batter in the pan and swirled it with a toothpick. The cakes look so pretty in the oven. I’d post a picture but can’t figure out how.

    • 37


      Oh, I’d love to see them! If you have Instagram or Facebook, be sure to post a photo and tag @addapinch or use #addapinch and I can see them! If you don’t, you can always email it to me! HA!

  12. 39

    Kim says

    Made this last month for a birthday cake!! Was absolutely perfect! Used some of the left over strawberry syrup to decorate the edges!

  13. 40

    Rachel says

    This looked like it might be an interesting recipe, but the first ingredient was a boxed cake mix…… using a boxed cake mix is not “baking from scratch”.

  14. 42

    Alison says

    I made this cake as a trial run for my daughter’s first birthday. Her two year old brother didn’t care for it. My husband loved it and said that it tasted like a gourmet cake you’d buy in a fancy bakery. He was amazed I’d baked it. I think the flavor were too complex for little kids or at least mine. So I might just use the vanilla cake on this site. I made it for my son last year and he loved it. But this strawberry cake is beautiful and impressive.

  15. 43


    Thank you so much for this! I am thrilled to find a strawberry cake recipe that doesn’t start with strawberry Jell-O!
    I can’t wait to try it – it looks perfect for the 4th of July.

  16. 44

    Katarina says

    Has anyone done this cake with your best white cake recipe instead of yellow? Is there any reason for me not to try it?

  17. 45

    Holly says

    I tried this cake and it turned out horribly. I bake a lot so I was surprised given the amount of really positive reviews. My cake was dense and gummy. I was very disappointed.

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