Strawberry Dream Layer Cake

Juicy strawberries are the main attraction in this made from-scratch Strawberry Layer Cake. Super moist and exploding with fresh strawberry flavor!

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake  | From:

Strawberry cake has been one of my favorite flavors since I tasted it at a wedding a few years ago. I was shocked to find how many strawberry cake recipes call for jello and/or cake mix! The recipe I bring you today is all natural. No cake mix, no jello. Just fresh, juicy strawberries. If you’ve been looking for a completely-from-scratch strawberry cake, look no further! Packed with fresh strawberries and a dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake  | From:

This cake was a huge hit at our house. If you make only one layer cake this summer, please let it be this one. It reminds me of strawberry shortcake with a wonderful cream cheese frosting. My husband declared this cake his favorite cake I’ve made thus far! 🙂

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake  | From:

Two layers of moist from-scratch strawberry cake sandwiched between strawberry cream cheese filling and frosting..A must-bake for strawberry fans!

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake  | From:

It’s perfect for summer, baby showers, or whenever that strawberry craving hits!

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake  | From:

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake

Two layers of moist from-scratch strawberry cake sandwiched between strawberry cream cheese filling and frosting. A must-bake for strawberry fans!


10 ounces frozen whole strawberries (2 cups)
3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
6 large egg whites, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) cake flour
1 3/4 cups (12 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened

For the Frosting:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) confectioners' sugar
12 ounces cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces and softened
pinch salt
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced thin plus extra for top of cake


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans line bottoms of pan with parchment, grease parchment and flour.

2. Transfer strawberries to a large bowl, cover, and microwave until strawberries are soft and have released their juice, about 5 minutes. Place in fine-mesh strainer set over small saucepan and press fruit dry (juice should measure at least 3/4 cup); reserve strawberry solids. Bring juice to boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrupy and reduced to 1/4 cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Whisk milk into juice until combined.

3. Whisk strawberry milk, egg whites, and vanilla in bowl. Using stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt on low speed until combined. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, and mix until only pea-size pieces remain, about 1 minute. Add half of milk mixture, increase speed to medium-high, and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium-low, add remaining milk mixture, and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Give batter final stir by hand.

4. Pour into prepared pans and smooth tops with rubber spatula and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool cakes to room temperature, discarding parchment, about 2 hours. Once cool, use a long, serrated knife to level the cakes and cut off any dome or excess off your cake.

5. To make the Frosting: Using a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream cheese, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add reserved strawberry solids and salt and mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Refrigerate until ready to use.

6. To assemble cakes, pat strawberries dry with paper towels. Spread 3/4 cup frosting over 1 cake round. Press 1 cup strawberries in even layer over frosting and cover with additional 3/4 cup frosting. Top with second cake round and spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Garnish with strawberries. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Source: Cook's Country, Strawberry Dream Cake, June/July 2011

Strawberry Dream Layer Cake  | From:

Disclaimer: I was asked by Driscoll’s to highlight a strawberry recipe that features their strawberries for National Strawberry Month. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments. Visit for more information about the company and recipes.
One Year Ago: Red Sangria  Red Sangria {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}


Two Years Ago: Mocha Chip Ice Cream Mocha Chip Ice Cream {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Three Years Ago: Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies


Four Years Ago: Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies

8 Responses to “Strawberry Dream Layer Cake”

  1. #
    Liz — June 1, 2015 @ 4:49 am

    Thank you for the lovely recipe. Have a great week.

  2. #
    mimi — June 1, 2015 @ 8:57 am

    That is one beautiful cake! I could see it at a wedding or a shower!!! You’re very talented!

  3. #
    sarah k @ the pajama chef — June 1, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    what a great cake! i’ve never made homemade strawberry cake that i liked so i’ll have to try yours 🙂

  4. #
    Turner — June 1, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    I was pretty surprised too! Thanks for posting such a pretty from-scratch version!

  5. #
    Laura Dembowski — June 2, 2015 @ 7:37 am

    Such a perfect cake for spring! Love that it’s totally from scratch.

  6. #
    Kloe's Kitchen — June 14, 2015 @ 10:06 pm

    Wow, yes you are right! This does look like a dream cake. I am a huge fan of strawberry anything, so this is right up my alley. And you are right. I have been looking for strawberry cake that doesn’t require cake mixes since those are just not my thing. Thanks for sharing1 it will be made before the summer ends! haha!

  7. #
    Michael Ann — September 19, 2015 @ 8:48 am

    This cake looks AMAZING. I love strawberry cake and will want to try this!

  8. #
    Patrice — October 1, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

    Thank you so much Christina!
    I have a daughter turning 25 soon who loves strawberry cake.
    It is hard to find one, like you said, without jello.
    Can’t wait to make it for her!

Leave a Comment