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Seriously amazing From-Scratch Strawberry Cake with a silky Cream Cheese frosting that will blow your mind!
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From-Scratch Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Finding the perfect cake for a special birthday has just gotten easier! This Homemade Strawberry Cake with silky Cream Cheese Frosting is perfection! 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: From-Scratch Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, strawberry cake, Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 4 large egg whites, (save yolks for later)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (226g) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, for separate step
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup strawberry puree (1 cup thawed frozen strawberry & 1-2 tbsp water in blender)
  • 2 -3 cups dices fresh strawberries, or thawed strawberries


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare three 8-in round cake pans.
  • Whip four eggs whites in mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whipping to maintain soft peaks. Pour whites into large bowl (This was about 5 cups in volume after whipped) and set aside.
  • Without fully cleaning the mixer bowl, cream room temperature butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add in vanilla and almond extract. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Sift together 3 cups flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Alternatively add flour mixture and ⅓ strawberry puree to batter until fully combined. (Flour, ⅓ cup puree, flour, ⅓ cup puree, flour) Batter will be thick. You should have ⅓ cup puree LEFT OVER. (This will be brushed on cake later)
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Gently add diced strawberries to batter. (I used 2 cups but think 3 cups would also be delicious.)
  • Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 32-36 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with no wet batter. (crumbs are ok!) If using two 8-in cake pans, bake for 38-42 minutes.
  • Remove cakes from over and use a pastry brush to spread remaining strawberry puree over warm cakes.
  • Cool until ready to assemble cakes.