Strawberry Lemonade Cake {Generous Table}

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Have you ever been to Heather Cristo Cooks?  Its a fabulous blog written by a fabulous woman.

Heather Cristo Generous Table

Heather recently became an author with her first book, Generous Table, Easy & Elegant Recipes Through the Seasons.  Its got everything you want a good cookbook to have… wonderful recipes, beautiful pictures, and extras tips to help you become a more confident entertainer!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake from Generous Table by Heather Cristo


I was immediately drawn to this cake, called the Strawberry Lemonade Cake.  Its one of the BEST tasting cakes I have ever had!  Perfect for summer.

Heather graciously said I could share the recipe with you!  I hope you will try this cake, see how fabulous her recipes are, and run out and buy her book!  Everything in it is just as fabulous.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake {Generous Table}


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Strawberry Buttercream
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 5 cups powder sugar
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 2-4 large strawberries, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 and prepare two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, place the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, combining thoroughly in between. With the mixer still running, add the lemon juice. (batter will look curdled, but its not)
  5. Add one third of the dry ingredients and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk. Mix, then stop and scrape the sides of the bowl. Repeat, adding another third of the dry ingredients and the remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk. Mix, then stop and scrape. Add the remaining third of the dry ingredients and mix until completely combined and the batter is light and fluffy.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cakes cool before removing from the pans.
  8. Strawberry Buttercream
  9. Combine butter and powder sugar in a large bowl or standing mixer. Mix together on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the milk and strawberries and mix on high speed until the frosting is very fluffy and pale pink in color, with flecks of strawberry.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake from Generous Table by Heather Cristo


Because I love and adore this cake and book so much, I am going to give away 2 copies!

To win simply comment and tell me, “How is your day going?”

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If you are impatient like me and need the book NOW, you can get it on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.  You can also see her trailer here!

Heather Christo’s Generous Table by Heather Christo © 2013 Kyle Books




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  1. marisela says

    Love your page and all the recipes you post!
    I need help!!!! I want to know why my buttercream feels grainy?, it tastes good but the texture is not like the one that you find on the cakes at many stores! I’ve been trying a lot of recipes and many different brands and nothing! Please help me!!! Tell me what am I doing wrong?