Layered Strawberry Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream

You’’ll want to make this layered strawberry cake with fresh whipped cream all summer long. This easy homemade recipe is made from scratch and a family favorite.

strawberry cake with whipped cream

Ingredients for Strawberry Cake

You’ll need basic kitchen baking items plus fresh, sweet, farmer’s market strawberries to make this delicious seasonal cake.
Basic Baking Ingredients for Cake Layers include butter, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs, vanilla and whole milk.
For Strawberry Filling you’ll need fresh farmer’s market or garden strawberries mixed with a little sugar. It is important the strawberries they are ripe, sweet and juicy; they are the star of this dessert!
For Whipped Cream Layer you simply whip up heavy cream, a little powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt. You could fold in a little gelatin if you are making this cake ahead of time, but I never do because this delicious cake never lasts that long in my house!

strawberry cake ingredients including eggs, berries, flour, milk and sugar

How To Make Strawberry Cake

Making this cake involves three main steps. First, you bake the two cake layers. Second, You make the strawberry and whipped cream fillings. Lastly, you assemble the cake! It is pretty straight forward, and the presentation is rustic and forgiving.

Before you bake the cake you will prepare two 8 inch round pans with butter, flour and parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350F.

strawberry cake pans filled with batter

You’ll mix up the cake ingredients until just combined and divide between the two pans to bake until toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes come out clean. Let cakes cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, and then invert onto wire rakes to complete cooling.

strawberry cake layer cooling on wire rack

Meanwhile prepare the strawberry filling and whipped cream. Combine  strawberry slices with sugar in a large bowl and set aside.strawberry cake filling

Beat cream, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Keep these toppings chilled until you assemble cake.

strawberry cake whipped cream

To assemble the cake put one cake on serving platter and arrange half of the strawberries on it. Top with half of whipped cream, leaving an inch boarder. Gently place the second cake on top. Top with the remaining whipped cream, again leaving an inch border. Just before serving, spoon the rest of the strawberries over the cake.


cake with strawberries and whipped cream
5 from 28 votes

Fresh Strawberry Cake with Whipped Cream

You’'ll love want to make this layered Strawberry Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream all summer long. This easy homemade recipe is made from scratch with a fresh whipped cream and strawberry filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, strawberry, whipped cream
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 283 kcal


For Cake Layers

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature plus more for greasing cake pans
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pans
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs two whole eggs, and two egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For Filling

  • 1 pound strawberries hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt


For Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans and line with parchment paper. Butter and flour the parchment paper and pan sides. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

    greased pan for cake with strawberries and whipped cream
  2. Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar on high speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Switch mixer to low setting. Add 1/2 cup flour mixture, then 1/4 cup milk, 1 /2 cup flour, 1/4 cup milk, and finally the last 1/2 cup flour. Mix until just combined, do not overmix.

    batter for cake with strawberries and whipped cream
  3. Divide batter between two prepared pans. 

    strawberry filling for cake
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 13-15 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then invert onto wire racks to finish cooling. 

    strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting

Filling & Topping

  1. Combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl. Set aside. 

    strawberries for whipped cream strawberry cake
  2. Beat cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and pinch of salt with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

    strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting

Assemble Cake

  1. Put one cake on serving platter and arrange half of strawberries on it.  

    strawberry whipped cream cake
  2. Top with half of whipped cream, leaving about an inch border.

    strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting
  3. Gently place the second cake on top.

    strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting
  4. Top cake with remaining whipped cream, leaving a 1-inch border.

    whipped cream strawberry cake
  5. Just before serving, spoon the rest of the strawberries over cake.

    strawberry layered cake

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Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.


Nutrition Facts
Fresh Strawberry Cake with Whipped Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.3g24%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 183mg8%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 33.7g11%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4.4g9%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    This cake looks so fresh and delicious! I love that you can see the layer of strawberries and whipped cream.

  2. 5 stars
    My favorite time of year is strawberry season! And, this Strawberry Cake WAS the perfect way to use them! This cake was delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    This cake is beautiful!! it’s the perfect cake for any gathering. My son loves strawberries, so I’m planning on making it for his birthday!

  4. 5 stars
    I love how juicy strawberries get when they sit a while with sugar. This cake is the perfect summer cake – fresh and full of berries!

  5. 5 stars
    So perfect for summer! Nice light cake, cooling whipped cream and perfectly sweet strawberries. My whole family loved it!

  6. 5 stars
    Mm-mmm-mmmm! What a beautiful and delicious cake. I have a ton of strawberries and this is the perfect way to use them up! 🙂

  7. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry . says

    5 stars
    This sounds like the perfect summer cake! I love strawberries and this would go down a treat in my house, especially if we had guests round too! Definitely making this for our next BBQ!

  8. Michelle says

    5 stars
    So good. Absolutely amazing with the light fresh whipped cream and fresh berries

  9. 5 stars
    This is just the most perfect dessert for summer with those red ripe strawberries and whipped cream frosting. YUM!

  10. 5 stars
    I love how rustic this cake looks! I try to use less frosting and really like your method of using whipped cream only between the layers.

  11. 5 stars
    What a delicious looking cake, I don’t think you can beat strawberries and cream in a cake this time of year. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Strawberries and cream is my all time favourite summer dessert! Using them in a cake is such a brilliant idea! Def on my to-make list!

  13. This strawberry cream cake looks scrumptious. I’d happily eat a slice for my breakfast right now. Yum!

  14. 5 stars
    This cake looks simple, yet refreshing. I like how it’s not overly sweet and that you made your own whipped cream – that’s always worth the time.

  15. 5 stars
    Always my option is to use fresh whipped cream as it adds another layer of deliciousness to any dessert much like this yummy strawberry cake!

  16. 5 stars
    This was the perfect recipe for our summertime holiday! The fresh strawberries and whipped cream were the bow on the cake. My family actually argued over the last piece.

  17. Kushigalu says

    5 stars
    The perfect dessert for summer. One of my favorite dessert with strawberries. Delicious.

  18. 5 stars
    This is such a light and delicious cake for the summer time! Perfect to use up any freshly picked strawberries, too!

  19. 5 stars
    Yummm, strawberry cakes are one of my all-time favourite desserts and this cake is the perfect way to use the strawberries that are in my fridge! The whipped cream tops the cake with even better taste. Looks super refreshing and I can’t wait to make this!

  20. 5 stars
    This is almost like victoria sponge cake. It looks so so tempting with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.

  21. 5 stars
    The strawberry cake looks so simple yet fabulously delicious with fresh whipped cream and fresh fruits. Love to bake this for my kids.

  22. 5 stars
    Wow. It looks delicious. I love strawberry cakes. So, I will try to make it. Your recipe will help me. Thanks for sharing.

  23. 5 stars
    This is cake is really delicious. The fresh whipped cream and strawberries go so well. Will definitely be making this again.

  24. 5 stars
    This recipe looks simple, beautiful and delicious!

  25. 5 stars
    I’m a huge strawberry fan so this cake is perfect for me! I can already taste the fruity flavors along with the fresh whipped cream. I can’t wait to make this layered cake!

  26. 5 stars
    Looks so good! Can’t wait to try this one.

  27. Looks great. How long will this cake last in the fridge? Will the strawberries and whipped cream get runny?

    • Hi Steven, this cake is best eaten the day it is made. It should last a day or two in the fridge, but will lose some freshness.

  28. 5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe dear , i definitely prepare this at home.

  29. Rohit Saini says

    5 stars
    This cake is looking very delicious and tasty. Fresh Strawberry pieces gives a freshness. the recipe also easy to make. Thank you for sharing …

  30. cake was very Delicious and recipe was not too hard. i made it for my family all loved it. Thank you for recipe. Keep going…

  31. nice strawberry cake recipe!!!

  32. 5 stars
    Just finished making this strawberry cake. It is very tasty and yummy. Thank you for this great recipe!

  33. I love this strawberry cake recipe, I will try this today. Thanks, Emily

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