20 Strawberry Cake Recipes for Every Occasion

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Photo: Jen Causey

You know spring has arrived when strawberries begin to appear at the local farmers' market. For a few blissful months, ripe, jewel-toned berries tempt us from the fruit stands, begging to be incorporated into a strawberry dessert for all the picnics, potlucks, cookouts, and other social gatherings of the season. Lucky for you, the juicy fruit takes center stage in these delightful strawberry cake recipes. Fresh, in-season strawberries provide the perfect excuse to whip up a decadent dessert, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just having a relaxing dinner at home with your family. These show-stopping strawberry cakes are pretty as a picture and will certainly keep them coming back for more. From the crowd-pleasing strawberry sheet cakes and strawberry cupcakes to the nostalgic ice cream and icebox cakes, plus fun pairings like strawberry and lemonade, these strawberry cake recipes will have you celebrating spring and its bounty.

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Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake

Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake

It's always wine o' clock with this easy strawberry cake. The pretty pink comes from the freeze-dried strawberries and a generous splash of rosé. We love snack cakes for their simplicity—no frosting multiple layers here—and their creativity. Recipe developer Ann Taylor Pittman's ingenious use of rosé brings the batter a lovely pink hue and helps it be fluffy and light once baked.

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Strawberry Birthday Cake

Strawberry Birthday Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Strawberry Birthday Cake

What looks like a plain white cake from the outside hides a truly special strawberry cake inside. A simple strawberry compote is the key to this strikingly simple cake. Whip one up for all the special occasions: birthdays, showers, and summery holiday gatherings.

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Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake
Johnny Autry; Food and Prop Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Need a strawberry shortcake for the potluck? This one delivers, using a pound of fresh strawberries and mascarpone cheese for added richness. It might not be the typical strawberry cake, but it's certainly an unforgettable one.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cake

This party-perfect flavor pairing delivers as a decadent chocolate layer cake with fresh strawberry buttercream.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

You can assemble this glorious strawberry cake up to two days ahead and store at room temperature. Also, you can freeze cooled layers up to a month in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The sweet-tart Strawberry-Lemonade Jam and Strawberry Frosting make for a delicious finish.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberries and lemonade are a duo for a reason. The sweet berries are the perfect pairing to the tart drink, and now you can have them in cupcake form.

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Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake

fresh strawberry meringue cake on pink platter
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle,Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake

Stack layers of fluffy, nutty meringue between whipped creamy filling and juicy fresh strawberries. No matter where you serve this, it's a show-stopping sweet everyone will enjoy.

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Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake
Joy Howard

Recipe: Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Five ingredients stand between you and this summery dessert. Inspired by the ice cream shop cakes, this rendition of a strawberry crunch cake is sure to bring back loads of memories.

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Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

This no-bake strawberry cake was made for hot summer days. It combines the cooling powers of banana pudding with a sweet-tart bite of strawberry cake. We use graham crackers instead of vanilla wafers to make for easier layering and slicing.

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
CREDIT: ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; PROP STYLING: LYDIA PURSELL; FOOD STYLING: CHELSEA ZIMMER

Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

This no-fuss strawberry dessert uses homemade buttermilk biscuits and whipped cream to showcase fresh berries. These might be a little more fussy than a standard layer cake, but the individual portions makes for a beautiful presentation.

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Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Cake
Sarah Epperson

Recipe: Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Delicate, fluffy strawberry cake gets a coat of sweet vanilla icing. Top it all off with some fresh, ruby-red berries before serving for an added wow factor.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake

The nostalgic icebox cake is back, featuring crisp chocolate wafers and strawberries with a hefty serving of whipped cream. The whipped cream's delicate pink hue is thanks to strawberry jam.

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Strawberry Kuchen

Strawberry Kuchen
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Strawberry Kuchen

A German word meaning cake, Kuchen represents the cultural influences of our region. Unlike quick batter cakes, this strawberry cake is yeasted and requires some time and patience, but it will reward you in spades—or, rather, in slices.

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Katie Jacobs' Strawberry Shortcake

Katie Jacobs' Strawberry Shortcake
Southern Living

Recipe: Katie Jacobs' Strawberry Shortcake

"Naked" cakes are ones that aren't finished with layers of buttercream or frosting. They're allowed to be a bit more freeform. That concept is used in this strawberry cake to great effect. Use a pastry cutter to work butter into the flour mixture to help dough come together seamlessly.

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Flag Cake

Flag Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Flag Cake

This sour cream pound cake uses strawberries for a patriotic punch. If you don't need Old Glory for a particular theme, use any combination of berries and fruit to make beautiful displays atop this casserole-sized cake.

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Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

There are a few things to note about this strawberry cake recipe before you start baking. First, the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar. And, yes, you read the cooking instructions correctly—the cake bakes at a slightly higher temperature than usual.

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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Micah Leal

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

No artificial flavors and colors over here. The vibrant pink shade is achieved with freeze-dried strawberries and plenty of fresh fruit chopped and thrown into the batter.

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Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Baking in your favorite 13-by-9-inch pan with parchment paper makes this cake easy to transport and also makes cleanup a breeze.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

Trust us: This simple and swoon-worthy strawberry sheet cake will be a keeper in your recipe box. File it under "Springtime Crowd-Pleaser."

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Skillet Coffee Cake

Strawberry-Rhubarb Skillet Coffee Cake
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Skillet Coffee Cake

Not all cakes require frosting to be spectacular. This strawberry cake sure proves that. Baked in a cast iron pan, the dense, butter batter envelopes strawberry and rhubarb slices. A delicately sweet crumble sits on top for a nice textural contrast in each bite.

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More Strawberry Ideas

Roasted Strawberry Compote
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely
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