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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}

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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.


  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 -4 large strawberries chopped


  • Heat oven to 350 and prepare two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, place the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cakes cool before removing from the pans.

Strawberry Buttercream

  • 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



This cake is truly a work of art! Thanks Heather!

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Reader Comments

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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