It is hard to find scratch strawberry cakes, so this one is worth it weight in gold to me as a caterer. I made this cake for a child’s birthday party. It was a major hit! Frost with cream cheese or vanilla frosting – or for a treat, use a chocolate glaze!

Strawberry Cake from Scratch


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree made from frozen sweetened strawberries


    1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.

    2 In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and strawberry puree. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

    3 Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in their pans over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, before tapping out to cool completely.


cakeandpartygirl Says... 27 Oct 2009 , 11:10am

Do you think that this can be adapted for a lemon cake?

adri1891 Says... 28 Mar 2010 , 12:36am

Love, love, love this recipe! Be careful not to will get too firm. Cakeandpartygirl, check out "AMAZING lemon cake from a mix" on this site. It is truly the best lemon cake I have ever made!

shkelly Says... 2 Oct 2010 , 4:07pm

This is a great recipe. Love It!

nanoucy Says... 27 Mar 2011 , 9:50am

This sounds delicious. Is it dense enough to cover with Fondant?

Krista512 Says... 31 Jan 2012 , 12:11pm

Could I use this as a middle layer in a wedding cake with fondant

bakingmomma10 Says... 8 May 2012 , 11:35am

Would love go try this but will it hold covered in fondant?

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