My son recently turned 4! I still can’t believe it. He’s so smart, energetic, and stubborn (gets that from me ). When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted he was very specific – pink cake with pink frosting and crushed oreos on top. ok…I can do that, I thought.
So I ended up finding this delicious looking recipe for a strawberry cake and it turned out wonderful! The cake wasn’t as pink as I thought it would be, but no big deal.
I ended up making it a layer cake for fun and the recipe makes TONS of frosting. But I only had one 9 inch cake pan, so I ended up improvising. I made the one cake, then when it was cool, I cut it in half horizontally. It worked just fine, just wasn’t the most perfect cake.
Homemade Strawberry Cake
- 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen strawberries
- For the Cupcakes:
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1½ cups sugar
- 4 egg whites, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
- ¼ cup strawberry reduction (from frozen strawberries)
- 1 Tb white vinegar
- For the Frosting:
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 12 ounces cream cheese, cut into 12 pieces and softened
- remaining strawberry solids (from frozen strawberries)
- pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Microwave strawberries until they are soft and have released their juice in a microwave safe bowl. About 5 minutes.
- Using a fine-mesh strainer, firmly press fruit dry over a small saucepan. You should have at least 3/4 cup of liquid. Place strawberry solids in refrigerator.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the juice to boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid becomes syrupy. Liquid should be reduced to 1/4 cup ( takes about 6 to 8 minutes). Then whisk in the milk and vinegar until combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Then add the egg whites one by one, mixing well after each one. Mix in vanilla.
- In a separate medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to evenly combine. Begin to add to the butter/egg mixture alternately with the milk mixture (beginning and ending with the flour), beating well after each addition.
- Divide batter amongst two 9-inch cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
- For the Frosting: Using a mixer, mix butter and 3 cups confectioners’ sugar for about 30 seconds on low until combined.
- Increase speed to medium-high and beat for about 2 more minutes until fluffy. One at a time, add the cream cheese and beat until well mixed.
- Add a pinch of salt and the strawberry solids and mix until combined. If you need/want to thicken the frosting, add additional 1 cup confectioners’ sugar to thicker. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 2 days.
Original recipe, from Laura’s Sweet Spot was for cupcakes; Fill cups ⅔ full and bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.