This Strawberry Cake With Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting is moist, tender, and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor. The whipped cream cheese frosting is light and fluffy with a hint of lemon adding the perfect touch to this delicious cake.
I’ve been seeing some beautiful, bright, fresh strawberries at our local market and it’s so exciting! I just love strawberries:) Whether you use them in a pie or even a fruit salsa, strawberries are a great way to celebrate the sweet taste of spring.
The minute I saw perfectly plump strawberries at the store, I knew it was time to make one of my favorite cakes.
The fresh fruity flavor of this strawberry cake makes it the perfect dessert for any occasion this spring and summer. It’s definitely going to be on our table this year for our Easter brunch.
Sheet cakes are perfect for a crowd – they are easy to throw together, and they’re big enough that everyone gets the perfect size piece.
Fresh strawberries are diced and folded into both the cake batter and whipped cream cheese frosting giving this sheet cake the perfect infusion of strawberry flavors.
Homemade Strawberry Cake With Buttermilk
This recipe calls for the use of buttermilk; it makes this cake moist and tender. Since I don’t always have a carton of buttermilk on hand, I like to keep a container of buttermilk powder in the freezer ready to go. You will just add the powder to your dry ingredients and then add water in with your wet ingredients. If you’ve never used buttermilk powder, go run and grab some. It’s the perfect solution when you have a buttermilk crisis in the kitchen!
What Frosting Goes With Strawberry Cake?
The whipped cream cheese frosting is the perfect combination of cream cheese and fresh whipped cream – the perfect frosting for a strawberry cake.
I love the use of cream cheese in this frosting because it adds a touch of tanginess to the sweet cream of the frosting. Heavenly 🙂
Whipped Cream Frosting Tips
When making the whipped cream, be sure to use well-chilled cream right from your refrigerator; room-temperature cream will not incorporate air as well. It’s also a good idea to use a chilled metal bowl. Keeping things as cold as possible will yield you the best whipped cream.
The strawberry frosting uses confectioners’ sugar instead of regular granular sugar. I like to use confectioners’ sugar when making a whipped cream that’s used in a frosting because it contains a touch of cornstarch which stabilizes the whipped cream, preventing it from weeping as it sits.
This Strawberry Cake With Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting can be made a day ahead and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Just remember to set it on the counter to get to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.
Strawberry Cake With Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour*
- 3 tablespoons strawberry-flavored gelatin
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup buttermilk*
- 2/3 cup chopped fresh strawberries
- Strawberry Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting – see notes below
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and pale in color – about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at time, beating for a few seconds between eggs. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice.
- In a separate bowl, stir together cake flour, strawberry flavored gelatin, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed butter mixture and alternate with buttermilk, ending with flour mixture. Blend on low speed until incorporated. Fold in diced strawberries.
- Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper. Allow a couple of inches of parchment paper to drop over the edges of the pan. Spray parchment with cooking spray and pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth batter evenly.
- Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Using flaps of parchment paper as handles lift cake from pan. Turn cake over onto wire rack (carefully remove parchment paper) and cool completely. Spread Strawberry Frosting on top and sides of cake.
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened —
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided —
3/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries —
1 1/2 cups heavy cream —
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Directions:
Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth; add strawberries and beat until just blended. Beat cream and lemon juice at medium speed until foamy; increase speed to medium-high. Slowly add remaining 1/3 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Using a spatula, fold half of cream mixture into cream cheese mixture; fold in remaining cream mixture. Use immediately.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living
Recipe from ezeBreezy – Life Simplified