The Best Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

Sheet cakes are perfect for parties—they're easy to make and allow you to serve the masses while maintaining an elegant presentation.

Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Photo: Photo: Hector Sanchez

If you love strawberries (and honestly, who doesn't?), this swoon-worthy sheet cake is the ultimate springtime crowd-pleaser. Rich buttermilk and fresh strawberries, plus a touch of fresh lemon juice for a little dimension, make this dessert go down way too easily.

Here's a step-by-step guide to making the best strawberries-and-cream sheet cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Beat 1 cup of butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 2 cups of sugar, beating 4 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy
  • Add 2 large eggs, beating until blended after each addition
  • Beat in 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Combine 2 ½ cups of cake flour, 2 tablespoons of strawberry-flavored gelatin, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon table salt. Stir together
  • Alternate between adding flour mix and buttermilk (1 cup) to the butter mixture, but make sure to begin and end with the flour. Beat at low speed until blended
  • Stir in strawberries
  • Grease a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with shortening and flour; then, line it with parchment paper, allowing two to three inches to hang over the long sides. Lightly grease the paper with cooking spray
  • Pour in the batter, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes (or until done)
  • Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Lift the cake from the pan, using the excess parchment paper as handles. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and gently remove the parchment paper. Allow the cake to cool completely before adding frosting
  • Cover the top and sides of the cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and garnish with fresh strawberries and sage for an elegant look.

WATCH: Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

Take this cake to new heights by making it a layer cake by baking it in three smaller, round pans and fill each layer with frosting.

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