This Strawberry Cake Recipe is so easy to make, made from scratch, and contains no Jello. A fresh strawberry cake recipe that will blow all other recipes out of the water. This is hands down the best strawberry cake recipe that you will want to give a go! Great for summer cookouts, birthday parties, after-school treats and more.
Here’s an Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe made from scratch without Jello.
So many Strawberry Cake recipes contain Jello and I really wanted a Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe so I decided to create my own! The results were amazing, so I decided to share this recipe with you! I love using Fresh Strawberries in recipes! This would be a great recipe to make for a Birthday Party, Girls Baby Shower, or Wedding Shower! You can also make this for your family or friends! Use this recipe to make a cake, cupcakes, 0r mini cupcakes!
Strawberry Cake Recipe
Why make a cake using fresh strawberries? Well, the Jello versions are fun but you will get such a vibrant and fresh strawberry flavor in this strawberry cake recipe. Cake recipes from scratch can intimidate some, but I promise this recipe is easy and straightforward. You can make a cake or cupcakes as I did here.
Why Do You Puree Part Of The Strawberries In Strawberry Cake Recipe
If you only add in chopped strawberries it will give you more of a vanilla cake with bits of strawberry throughout. But when you puree part of the strawberries, it gives you that strawberry cake flavor in every single bite. Moist, light, and bursting with strawberry flavor.
Strawberry Cake Batter
You will start with a white cake batter that when you stir in the strawberry puree and chopped strawberries it becomes one bright pink batter that transformed into a strawberry cake batter. You can add food coloring to help brighten the color but it is not a have to.
Can I Use Jam To Replace Pureed Strawberries In Strawberry Cake Recipe
You can but it will take away a bit from the fresh strawberry flavor. I would also recommend that you use less sugar if you use a jam since it contains sugar in it.
Do You Strain Strawberry Puree for Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe
Yes, after you puree the strawberries you can run it through a strainer to help remove the extra seeds. If you don’t mind the seeds you are welcome to leave them. You will see them in the cake if you choose to leave them in it.
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Strawberry Cake Recipe from Scratch | No Jello
Homemade strawberry cake recipe from scratch with no Jello. Easy and a fresh strawberry cake to serve up the family or your guests.
- 1 ½ Cups White Sugar
- ½ Cup Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ Cup Milk
- 1/2 Cup Strawberry Puree
- ½ Cup Chopped & Smashed Strawberries
- 3-4 Drops of Red Food Coloring (Optional)
- Combine Strawberry Puree Butter & Sugar, Slowly add in Eggs and Vanilla (Add food coloring if desired)
- Mix Dry Ingredients together and Add into Sugar Mixture
- Slowly add Milk and stir gently
- Slowly stir in smashed strawberries
- Pour batter into a Cake Pan or Cupcake Pan and Bake a Cake for 40 Minutes on 350 degrees, or Cupcakes for 20 Minutes on 350 degrees.
- Top with your favorite frosting recipe!
- Notes: Puree Strawberries in a blender and strain to remove seeds. Smashed Strawberries are just chopped lightly and topped with 2 tsp. of sugar, let them sit and they will become juicy, smash gently with a fork. This creates larger chunks of strawberries in your cake mixture. If you do not want larger chunks of strawberries you can puree the entire box of strawberries. I get about 1 cup of Strawberry Puree from 1 lb. of Strawberries.
Frosting For Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe
You are welcome to use any of your favorite frosting recipes! Whether you want a classic buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or even a fresh strawberry frosting. Whatever you choose it will taste fantastic with this recipe.
How To Store Strawberry Cake with Fresh Strawberries
I store my cake in the fridge or even cupcakes. Depending on the frosting you use will also depend if it needs to be in the fridge or if it can be on the counter. Cream cheese frosting and even buttercream do best when stored in the fridge in my opinion.
How To Decorate A Strawberry Cake or Cupcakes
To top off your cake or cupcakes, sprinkle with some clear sprinkles for an elegant look! These would be awesome cupcakes to make for Easter or a Princess Birthday Party! This Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe will be one of your favorites!
Also, be sure to check out my Strawberry Tea Recipe for another recipe to make with your Summer Strawberries! This tea is AMAZING and is sure to become a staple in your house!
Just made these. The first batch is still hot but I crammed one in my mouth anyway. They are fantastic. So happy. They don’t even need frosting to help them out. I will frost them of course. I’m not a monster. 😉
How many cupcakes will this make? Have you used this recipe for a layered cake as well?
I have not used it for a layered cake. It makes about 18-24 cupcakes depending on how big you make them.
Just wanted to let you know I tried these again. This time, I was very careful to follow the recipe, plus I added less than 1/8tsp of baking soda and a 1/2 tbsp of sour cream. They rose, not as much as in your picture, but much better than before. And the hubby devoured two while they were still cooling- he told me they were nice and fluffy! I’m wondering if humidity has anything to do with how things rise, because it was exceptionally humid these past few weeks. Thinking it affected the flour… But I’m much happier with my second attempt overall! Very yummy!
BTW-the first batch was devoured even though they were dense. They still tasted great and were very moist.
I should have tried the baking soda. My cake did not rise at all. ? I put it in two round pans. I think this recipe needs more specifics. Like the author said we could do, I puréed all of the strawberries instead of leaving some as chunks. I mixed them all with the butter and sugar at the beginning. I wonder if that made it not rise because I followed the recipe exactly. The texture is gooey inside too, even though it is completely done. I hate to give bad reviews, but this turned out so bad, and I bake a lot. ? Hmmm. ? Sad that I wasted my strawberries! ? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Just made these for my cousins 3 yr old who asked for pink cupcakes- I’m so disappointed! They came out of the oven looking a little small, but with a lovely dome. I was so excited. Then as they cooled, they just totalky shrank! They are so tiny! Maybe I didn’t bake them look enough? I took them out at 18 minutes because the toothpick came out clean.
They’re still kind of fluffy, but nothing line the picture. :( they taste good, but they just shrank! I’ve never seen anyghing like that. Any suggestions? Maybe I should use cake flour? Beat butter and sugar more before I add the strawberry?Probably going to try them again just to see what happens.
Do you know if you can use gluten free baking flour?
I haven’t tried that yet, but if you do come back and let me know how it tastes!
I want to know so should i get 1 lb. of strawberries or two lb. it’s my first time making a cake from scratch and I want it to be perfect.
1 lb should be plenty.
LOVED THESE!!!! I made them for a bridal shower and they were a hit! Thanks so much for sharing!
What elevation are you at? These look delicious, but high elevation is my nemesis, so I would need to research adjustments before testing them out.
My elevation is about 1,322 ft
What size cake pans and how many layers will this recipe make?
Hi Christa, It makes a 9×13 cake or 2 8×8″ Cake Pans
Made this cake with strawberry purée! Was delicious! Light and fluffy!
Mine turned out very dense and sponge like. And they went too sweet like strawberry jelly. What did I do wrong.?
Hi Heather, mine weren’t super sweet. But that’s because it’s fresh strawberries not jello. Did you use fresh strawberries? Mine also were not dense. I am not sure about that part.
These look and sound amazing! About how many cupcakes would one batch make?
It should be 24 if I remember correctly!
Your cupcakes were great, however what icing do you have on them, that looks creamy, please share that as well. Thanks email above
Here is a recipe you can try for the frosting: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/vanilla-buttercream-frosting/39107a19-be94-4571-9031-f1fc5bd1d606.
I also sometimes just use butter and powdered sugar, and taste as I go (it almost takes an entire stick of butter when I use this method). Enjoy!
I made the cake. Subbed for the butter 1/4 cup banana puree and 1/4 cup coconut oil…added 1/8 tsp salt because of no salt in butter…. they are absolute perfection. I was out of butter is why I did this, but oh man. I will make them again and again. I also use maize high fiber flour from king arthur flour for half the flour. SO yummy!