Slice of strawberry cake on plate with sauce

Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Sauce

  • Author: closeenoughcook
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake


Nothing says early summer like fresh picked strawberries. This simple cake is the perfect way to kickstart your summer. Easy to make, it pairs a light vanilla cake with chunks of delectable strawberries. Top it with a strawberry puree and this cake screams summer like no other.

Adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen 


Strawberry Cake:
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla (extract or paste)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 salt
16 ounces strawberries, quartered
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
Strawberry Sauce:
12 ounces strawberries, quartered
1 tsp lemon juice (preferably fresh)
1/4 cup sugar


Strawberry Cake: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan* and line the bottom with parchment paper. 
  2. Beat together eggs and sugar at high speed until mixture is light in color and thickened (approx. 5 minutes). 
  3. Add sour cream, oil and vanilla to mixture and beat until combined. 
  4. In a separate small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. 
  5. Add flour mixture to batter 1/3 at a time, mixing between additions on low speed just until incorporated. Repeat until flour is fully incorporated. 
  6. Pour half of the batter into springform pan.  Top with half the strawberries.
  7. Carefully spread remaining batter over the strawberries.  
  8. Top with remaining strawberries with cut side down, pushing berries lightly into batter. 
  9. Bake until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (approx. 45-50 minutes). 
  10. Allow cake to cool for approx. 15-20 minutes before removing springform ring.* 
  11. Dust cake with powdered sugar and top with strawberry sauce (see below) if desired.  Serve cake warm or at room temperature. 

Strawberry Sauce: 

  1. While cake is baking, place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a blender.  Puree at high speed until smooth.