Strawberry Lemonade Cake {Generous Table}

filed under: Cakes on May 6, 2013

Have you ever been to Heather Cristo Cooks?  It’s 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}
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Lemonade Cake
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 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
  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.

Strawberry Buttercream
  1. 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



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

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  • Rowena says:

    Watched my grandkids…the day was great!

  • Sarah says:

    My day is going great! The weather is nice out and I only have 3 finals left!

  • Kath says:

    What is “AP flour”?

    • Amanda says:

      All Purpose Flour

  • Lois says:

    Great because I just found the perfect cake for my friends baby shower. Thank You !

  • Ashley says:

    Great so far, although it isn’t even 10:00 am… 😉

  • Sarah A. says:

    Interesting- trying to potty train. Yikes! Successes and failures.

  • Jordan says:

    My day is great!

  • Sarah G says:

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

  • RavieNomNoms says:

    Gorgeous and delicious looking cake!

  • 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! 🙂

  • Aimee P says:

    Lunch with my kindergartener and husband makes for a pretty perfect day!

  • Denise Kasbohm says:

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

  • Kristin m says:

    My day is filled with hope.

  • 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.

    • Amanda says:

      Praying for you all!

  • Shannon says:

    I am having a great day!

  • Suzanne says:

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

  • 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.

  • Jan Horton Thomason says:

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

  • Sara says:

    My day is going pretty well! Had an audition and worked on my own blog 🙂

  • Amy Thomas says:

    Today is great because I’m making this cake for Mother’s Day!!

  • Greta Sikora says:

    My day is going a bit slow and dreamy but in its own way, perfect!

  • 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.

    • Amanda 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!

  • Tatyana says:

    It’s a good day and a good giveaway 😉

  • Le says:

    It could be better so I can’t really complain too much.

  • 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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