Fresh Strawberry Cake

I’d love to lay claim to this gorgeous fresh strawberry cake but all the credit goes to my talented sister-in-law, Tammy.  She is the one in the family who makes all the delicious desserts for family birthdays and special occasions and I was lucky enough to spend the day with her at the farms last week where she was inspired to make this beauty!

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I’m going to be adding a lot more desserts to the blog over the coming months and have recruited some talented  family members and friends to do that.   Maybe I can even learn a little bit about baking along the way!  Anything is possible, right?

My favorite way to start the day is with a trip to Barrie Hill Farms and Nicholyn Farms and that’s exactly what we did.  The weather has been so hot lately that suddenly everything is growing more quickly and we were lucky enough to be there for the first day of blueberries!  Barrie Hill Farms also has two types of strawberries – Summer and Fall – so we will be getting fresh local strawberries till mid-September.  Fabulous!

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One of my favorite things about the farms is the atmosphere.  Everyone is so happy – the staff, the customers and especially the kids that are there to pick their own veggies in the field.  It’s such a treat for them!

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Is there anything on this planet as delicious as raspberries?  Maybe the combo of raspberries and chocolate!

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Mother Nature sure knows how to capture our hearts and imagination!  With all these berries in season at the same time, I’ve created a triple berry baked french toast that I’ll be sharing on the blog soon.  I kept the refined sugar out and sweetened it with orange juice and maple syrup – always a great combo!

Back to this brilliant cake!  Tammy was wise enough to keep me away from the baking process so I set up my camera while she went to work.  Smart girl!

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Now this cake is not what you would call ‘healthy’ but if you’re eating healthy on a regular basis, I see no reason why you can’t treat yourself now and then.  I had two pieces and it is so moist and super delicious.  The strawberry cream cheese frosting is the best thing I’ve ever tasted on the top of a cake!  And I’ve had a lot of delicious cakes at Tammy’s house.

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What have you been doing with your strawberries this year?  Take a pic of your creations and share it with me on Instagram with the hashtag #simplyfreshdinners and I’ll post it on my feed.

This recipe originated at with some minor changes.  If you’re a baker and you can get your hands on some local strawberries, you can’t pass on this.  You’ll be thanking me….and Tammy!  Cheers!

Fresh Strawberry Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Tammy Gleason. Adapted from
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Who doesn’t love the flavorful combination of fresh strawberries and cream? This scratch cake is light, creamy and bursting with the taste of sweet strawberries.
  • Cake
  • 8 ounces softened butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry extract (or vanilla if you don’t have strawberry)
  • 2 cups puréed fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 ounces softened butter
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup puréed fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract (or vanilla)
  • 6 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. To make the cake:Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add strawberry extract, puréed strawberries, and sour cream. Beat until combined.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined.
  3. In a clean, medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then turn out onto wire racks. Cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add puréed strawberries and strawberry extract beating until combined. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  6. Spread frosting between cake layers and on the top and sides. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries, homemade vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce and a sprig of mint, if desired.


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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    My goodness this cake looks wonderful! I’ve always wanted to make a strawberry cake. The frosting looks dreamy! A lovely cake indeed!!!
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      July 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I may actually be motivated to learn how to bake after eating this, Tricia, lol.
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    July 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    O my goodness, this is so so pretty! <3 I love strawberry cakes and cupcakes…anything strawberry is amazing!
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      July 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I’m with you, Rebecca. Strawberries just go with everything, don’t they? Both sweet and savory!
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    Chris Scheuer
    July 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Wow, Robyn! How lucky you are to have strawberries, raspberries and blueberries all ripe at the same time! Amazing! This cake looks scrumptious and the icing with fresh strawberries looks heavenly.

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      July 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      That was just lucky this year because of our crazy weather, Chris, but it is fabulous having strawberries until September. The raspberry season is far too short though! Tammy sure makes a great cake 🙂
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    July 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    This sounds so good and looks so pretty. The cake stand you used just showcases it perfectly. Even more desserts? You are speaking my language now!
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      July 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      You would love this cake, Mindy. Yup, lots more desserts! Banana bread is up next 🙂
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    July 18, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Once upon a time I made a strawberry cake, but yours looks SO MUCH better {{smiles}} Sweet friend, how I would love to sit down and enjoy a piece with you and catch up on the last few months.

    I was DELIGHTED to read your comment on my blog today – thank you! I have MISSED YOU like crazy. Please know that I think of you often and love getting your blog emails {you have been creating some amazing recipes}. The summer has been extra busy and I confess that it’s all I can do to get a blog post up much less visit other friends so please, please forgive me for my absence. By next month I am hoping things will have slowed down 🙂

    Sending you lots of love! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

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      July 19, 2016 at 6:46 am

      I bet you made a great cake, Stephanie. I’ve always loved your beautiful desserts! Please don’t worry about commenting. I’m way behind in visiting friends and their blogs and I think everyone understands. Especially in the summer. Glad to see you’re doing well. Enjoy this gorgeous weather! Hugs and love. xoxo

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    July 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    That’s the best! Someone to bake for you so that you can photograph! Tammy is one talented lady! I’d like to face plant into this cake. 🙂

    One of the most popular recipes on my blog is actually a chocolate cake that my best friend made. She gave me some when she came over for a play date one afternoon, and I thought that it was so good that I took photos for the blog with the remaining cake the next day. Turns out that was a good idea! 🙂
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      July 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

      I laughed out loud when I read ‘face plant’, Blair! I was even licking the batter for this cake so I know exactly what you mean, lol.
      Maybe if we recruit an army of bakers for us, our blogging lives could be a lot simpler! This was so much fun and Tammy’s cakes are always memorable 🙂

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    July 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    My word this cake looks dreamy and the color is such a pretty shade of pink. Also the cake stand compliments this cake perfectly. Great presentation!!! Way to go Robyn and Tammy.
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      July 19, 2016 at 6:49 am

      I can’t even take credit for the cake stand, Cheri, lol. This is all Tammy’s doing and I just clicked with my camera. It truly was a very scrumptious cake! I say ‘was’ because it disappeared VERY quickly!

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    July 18, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    That’s a stunning cake, Robyn, and I need to look up strawberry extract, I want to try it!
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      July 19, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Yes, I think that would be a handy thing to have on hand, Sue. Now I just have to find a way to convince Tammy to bake for me full time!

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    Anita Rivera
    July 19, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Good morning Robyn! Now this cake screams out SUMMER! The cakes looks moist and chock full of strawberries! I bet just one bite of this cake would create a lasting summer memory, as ORANGE CAKE did many years ago when my mom made one on a beautiful summer day.

    HUGS to you my friend!

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      July 19, 2016 at 6:52 am

      When you’re finished the cake, Anita, the taste of sweet strawberries is dancing on your tongue long afterwards! It’s so flippin’ delicious and the strawberry cream cheese frosting puts it over the top. Oh, an orange cake sounds so heavenly, too! Enjoy your day 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Love everything about this 🙂 Sad to see strawberries coming to an end for another year.
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    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    July 19, 2016 at 9:22 am

    So pretty! Looks really fresh and yum too! Yes please!
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    Anita Rivera
    July 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Have a fun day my friend! Yes, this strawberry cake sounds amazing.

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    July 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I love berry season! One berry or another seems to be at peak flavor for a couple of months — heaven! Love this cake — so rich and luscious, not to mention full of flavor. Good stuff — thanks.
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      July 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Oh my gosh, John, it was so delicious! I’m with you, berry season is the best and I will be truly sad when it’s over. My farmer sells frozen berries too though so I’m very lucky!
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    July 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Oh yum, this cake look so beautiful and delicious! I have to save this recipe for sure. I cannot wait to try it.

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      July 21, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Hope. I hope you’ll let me know how it turns out 🙂

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    Gourmet Getaways
    July 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Wow! What a pretty cake!

    Thanks for sharing
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      July 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Julie. It was so fun to collaborate with family!

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    GiGi Eats
    July 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Would you mind asking Tammy to make my wedding cake?! Although, I think we have come to the conclusion that we are having wedding cupcakes – I don’t pay attention since I cannot eat them, ha – but now I want Tammy to make us a cake! 😉 And um, you take all the pics in the world, so it doesn’t look weird when I whip my phone out to take pics of the food at the wedding LMFAO!!!
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      July 22, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Hahahaha! You definitely need a food photographer for your wedding, GiGi, and a baker! Tammy and I would be available….we love a good party…and we’re free for you, lol

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    July 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Pinned to desserts board!

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    Angie Rose
    August 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    This looks like such a delightful summer recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try 🙂
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