White Cake Recipe With Strawberries

Summer Strawberry Cake
Summer Strawberry Cake | Source

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Strawberry picking is a great summer activity for families.
Strawberry picking is a great summer activity for families. | Source

Strawberry Picking

I have to say that strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. I always get excited at the beginning of summer since this is when they are available in Michigan. My mom often took us berry picking as kids and I have continued that tradition with my own children. My kids always know that summer is here when we head out to the strawberry fields to pick. We make many recipes with our strawberries, from smoothies, to pie, muffins, and even freeze them for use in the future. But one of the most requested dishes with strawberries is my white cake with strawberries. It is light, refreshing, and easy to make.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves eight

Ingredients for Summer Strawberry Cake

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pastry or cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2-2 cups halved strawberries, depending on the size

Directions for White Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat three egg whites until stiff and gradually add in 1/2 cup of sugar. Refer to the photo for what still egg whites should look like.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy and mix in 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla.
  4. Sift pastry flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add the butter mixture alternating with 1/2 cup of milk until it is gone.
  5. Next, fold in the egg whites. Be sure not to overmix (fold)the egg whites. This will create a much denser cake and will not be light and fluffy. (My little helpers over folded and it was a little denser than I have had in the past!)
  6. Pour evenly in two greased 8 inch pans. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before adding the strawberries and whipped cream frosting.

Photos for Making the Cake

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Beaten egg whites should be stiff and form peaks.Grace and Alex work together to sift the dry ingredients.Then they take turns mixing all ingredients together.Fold the egg whites in being sure not to over mix.Pour evenly into two 8 inch pans.
Beaten egg whites should be stiff and form peaks.
Beaten egg whites should be stiff and form peaks. | Source
Grace and Alex work together to sift the dry ingredients.
Grace and Alex work together to sift the dry ingredients. | Source
Then they take turns mixing all ingredients together.
Then they take turns mixing all ingredients together. | Source
Fold the egg whites in being sure not to over mix.
Fold the egg whites in being sure not to over mix. | Source
Pour evenly into two 8 inch pans.
Pour evenly into two 8 inch pans. | Source
Add the confectioner's sugar.
Add the confectioner's sugar. | Source
Then add the juice and mix until thick and creamy.
Then add the juice and mix until thick and creamy. | Source

Ingredients for Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting

2 cups of heavy whipping cream

4 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar

1/8 cup of strawberry juice (This can be made by simply crushing the strawberries and then straining the pieces of fruit out.)

Red or Pink food coloring if desired

Directions for Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting

I love using this recipe for this cake because it keeps it light and refreshing. There's not a lot of sugar involved and it does sit heavily like some of the traditional frostings. I used to use a Cool Whip brand of strawberry whipped topping but have not been able to find it recently. So I used this recipe instead. It was very easy to make and was tasty too!

Pour the heaving whipping cream in a bowl and begin to mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar to the bowl and continue to blend. You will see the mixture begin to thicken. Slowly add in the strawberry juice. This will add a little flavor and a pink tint to the frosting. If you would like your frosting to be a little more pink, add some food coloring to brighten it up.



Pictures of Assembling the Cake

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Make sure that your frosting layer is nice and even.Adding the strawberries is a great part for kids to help with.Completely cover the surface of the cake layer.Add the second layer of the cake and frost.Be sure that you have smoothed out the frosting on the sides of the cake.
Make sure that your frosting layer is nice and even.
Make sure that your frosting layer is nice and even. | Source
Adding the strawberries is a great part for kids to help with.
Adding the strawberries is a great part for kids to help with. | Source
Completely cover the surface of the cake layer.
Completely cover the surface of the cake layer. | Source
Add the second layer of the cake and frost.
Add the second layer of the cake and frost. | Source
Be sure that you have smoothed out the frosting on the sides of the cake.
Be sure that you have smoothed out the frosting on the sides of the cake. | Source

Assembling Your Two-Layer Strawberry Cake

When assembling your cake, be sure that it is completely cooled before adding the frosting or it will melt. First place one round cake on the serving plate and frost the top with the whipped cream frosting. Then layer half of the strawberries on top of the frosting.

Next, place the other cake on top of the strawberry layer. Frost the top of the second cake layer and the sides completely with the frosting. Arrange the remaining strawberries in a pattern on top of the cake. I like to keep it simple with just a ring around the edge and a little something in the center, but be creative! I hope that you and your guests enjoy this light and refreshing summer cake recipe.

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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

I had a cake like this once, and it was fantastic! The best parts are the fresh strawberries and the whipped cream frosting! This recipe looks great!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Wow internpete, you are lightening fast! :) The fresh strawberries keep it so moist and the whipped cream topping keeps it light. Thanks for your visit!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

This recipe is great. I just love how white cake tastes, made from scratch. It's extra work but well worth it.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Me too Siena Pies! It just has such a light feel to it. Sometimes good things are worth that extar effort. :) Thanks for your visit.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

My strawberries are just ripening in the garden - what good timing to try this recipe!

Thank you and voted up


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

This Kids cook Monday series deserves to be a cookery book! sumptuous recipes, great pics ( of the food prepared and your smiling tots) and easy to follow instructions. Its a must for every kitchen shelf Cara. You're truly a Domestic Goddess. voted up and away!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Oh my, my, my! What a yummy looking dessert. I love just the thought of white cake and strawberries.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Fantastic Movie Master, I hope that you enjoy it!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You are oh so kind Docmo! We have a great time cooking together (even when I really would rather do it myself!) And Domestic Godess...ahem, I think I'll have to let my husband know that lol!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I am ha *huge* chocolate lover but this is one of my favorite summer recipes! Thanks for your ongoing support teaches!


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ruthclark3 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Awesome hub. The kids love to do stuff like this. And now is the time to teach them, not when they don't listen anymore. Thanks for a delicious looking cake. The word "luscious" describes the strawberries.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha Ruth! That time of not listening seems to come pretty quickly nowadays. ;) We have been really enjoying those 'lucious' strawberries here. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for your visit.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a fantastic summer cake and strawberries say summer to me. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree Pamela. They really just seem to be the signal for me that summer has begun. Enjoy!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Amazing recipe. The cake looks so tempting and sooo yummy!!!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks unknown spy! It is both of those things, hope you get a chance to try it!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a beautiful cake! I love strawberries. When I was growing up my Dad had a strawberry patch. We used to get berries almost the size of apples. My Mom made strawberry jam. We didn't know (or really care) about the health benefits. Of course we sort of cut out some of those benefits once we slathered a hot biscuit with butter and jam. Oh well!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Oh, I forgot! Happy birthday to your son. What a cool date for a birthday!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I cannot imagine berries that large Rebecca! What a wonderful treat to have access to that. Thanks for the birthday wishes for Alex, it should be a great celebration! :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Awesome looking cake. I love strawberries although not sure in the cake.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It really makes the cake taste very moist. The white cake with the strawberries is a great flavor combination.

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