This Strawberry Cake is full of sweet, fresh strawberry flavor.Moist strawberry cake layers are paired with a strawberry cream frosting for the ultimate strawberry cake.This is the best Strawberry Cake recipe!
Fresh Strawberries, hulled
Natural food coloring (optional)
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
To create the ultimate strawberry cream cheese frosting, I combined butter, reduced-fat cream cheese, powdered sugar, more fresh strawberry puree, salt, and vanilla extract.
How Do You Thicken Cream Cheese Frosting? If you like your cream cheese frosting to be extra thick, gradually beat in additional powdered sugar until your desired stiffness and sweetness is reached.
Preheat the oven to 350º F. Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray or prepare with butter and flour. Remove any excess flour.
Blend the strawberries in a blender on medium speed until pureed, about 3 minutes. This should result in 3/4 cup strawberry puree. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and shortening with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly add the sugar, one cup at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Pour milks, vanilla, and the strawberry puree into a measuring cup and whisk together with a fork. Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter and shortening, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
Gently stir all ingredients until well combined. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, making sure to have all ingredients well mixed.
Evenly distribute the batter between the cake pans and place the pans into the preheated oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the cake releases from the edges of the pan and springs back to a light touch. Remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool in the cake pans for about 10 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto wire racks and let them cool completely. Frost cake with strawberry buttercream frosting.
Strawberry Cake Storage Tips
You do need to refrigerate a cake with cream cheese frosting. Here are some tips for how to store it and what you could do with any leftover cream cheese frosting:
To Store: Without the optional sliced fresh strawberries added, this cake will last in the refrigerator for five days. Sliced fresh strawberries will last in a cake for three days in the refrigerator. They will soften and make bits of the cake moist, but it will still be delicious.
To Freeze: Fully frosted or unfrosted cake can be frozen for up to 2 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature prior to serving.
What Can I Do with Leftover Cream Cheese Frosting? If you have extra frosting, you can use it as a dip for fruit or pretzels. It would also be delicious spread on top of cookies or brownies.