Strawberry Lemonade Cake {Generous Table}

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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.
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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!

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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


  1. Sarah G says

    I’ve had a pretty good day. Can’t wait to hit the gym, and then see my girls and hubby!

  2. Whitney B. says

    Yum! My day is going well – I saw your post on instagram and ill probably be making it for a birthday or Saturday! :)

  3. Denise Kasbohm says

    Awesome! My day: My husband came in today from an out of town trip ….Then I found this mummy cake recipe!!

  4. Annonymous says

    My day is a new one, getting over the disappointment of my step-son choosing to do the Mother and Son dance at his deb with his biological mum, who gives him nothing but grief and heartache. I will be waiting, along with his Dad, if she lets him down again. So frustrating.

  5. Suzanne says

    My day has been pretty good. It wasn’t raining again today so that was a plus! The cake looks great!

  6. Diane H says

    Hard day. Als clinic all day. But the sun was out…a breeze was talking with the trees so I found some peace.

  7. Jan Horton Thomason says

    Just made this cake and it is so yummy!!!. I just made it in a 9×13 pan instead.

  8. inexperienced baker says

    I made this cake and thought the frosting was way too sweet…is it really 5 cups of sugar? Also, do you recommend this to be eaten immediately? I found the cake seemed to harden when left in the fridge even just overnight.

    • says

      Oh dear! Yes, its 5 cups. I actually used a full 2 pound bag for my frosting, and we loved it. Our cake was still good on the 3rd and 4th day, and I had it out at room temperature. It should not “harden” in the fridge, but simply be firm. One at room temp it should be soft and moist. Sorry you had issues!

  9. Abigail says

    Pretty excited about this cake… it sitting in the freezer right now because the frosting turned into soup. Refrigerated the frosting before assembling the cake but it didn’t help too much. Might be helpful to omit the milk until you know for sure that the strawberries won’t add too much moisture like it did to mine. Hoping the taste outweighs the appearance. ;) Thanks for a yummy recipe!!


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