Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

Fresh Strawberry Cake is a pretty pink cake that tastes just as good as it looks. This homemade strawberry cake recipe is easy to make, and it’s topped with the most amazing strawberry cream cheese icing and a few fresh strawberries. This sheet cake is perfect for Valentine’s Day and birthday parties, or just an excuse to eat cake when you’ve got fresh strawberries on hand!

Fresh Strawberry Cake recipe on a plate with a fork

Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe

Fresh Strawberry Cake tastes so light and sweet, and with homemade strawberry cream cheese icing, everyone will love this simple sheet cake!

There’s something about strawberry that satisfies the taste buds like no other flavor can. It’s more fun than vanilla, but not as rich and filling as chocolate. This fresh strawberry cake recipe really hits the spot with its light, sweet flavor. And with a strawberry cream cheese icing to top it off, this sheet cake is absolutely delicious.

A pretty pink cake like this is perfect for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, birthday parties, and Easter. It’s also great for summer, during the peak of strawberry season. Go pick your own strawberries, then come home and make this fresh strawberry cake for your family and friends.

Why buy a box cake mix when you can make a homemade strawberry cake just as easily? This easy sheet cake recipe is beyond tasty and so fun to make. And the strawberry cream cheese icing will have you drooling!

This Fresh Strawberry Cake recipe with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing is perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, and strawberry season!

Strawberry sheet cake recipe with strawberry cream cheese icing

Homemade strawberry cake topped with fresh strawberries

Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

I absolutely adore strawberry cake. It’s a classic for a reason, and it’s the perfect medium between vanilla and chocolate. It’s sweet and flavorful without being too rich. I do love chocolate, but it’s nice to change things up with a fresh strawberry cake recipe every once in a while.

This fresh strawberry cake recipe wouldn’t be complete without the best cake icing…strawberry cream cheese icing! Cream cheese icing is so creamy and flavorful, and it’s really the best option for sheet cakes like this. I think it adds such a decadent taste while still being simple.

Slices of fresh strawberry cake on white plates

Easy cake recipe made with fresh strawberries

How to Make Strawberry Cake

Making a homemade strawberry cake is just as easy as a box mix with this easy cake recipe. It’s just a matter of mixing your ingredients and baking, and you’ll have a delicious sheet cake ready to eat! We are using fresh strawberries and strawberry gelatin to give it the perfect texture and flavor, and topping it with a homemade strawberry cream cheese icing. If you’re making this cake ahead of time, or if you end up leftovers, you can store the frosted cake in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

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Strawberry Cake with strawberry cream cheese icing

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How to Make Cream Cheese Icing

Cream cheese icing is possibly my favorite type of cake icing. It’s so creamy, rich, and smoooooth. Strawberry cream cheese icing is definitely the perfect icing for this homemade strawberry cake recipe. It’s pretty irresistible if you ask me! It’s easy to make too, so no need to use those pre-made cake frostings.

How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing:

  1. Use a stand mixer to beat cream cheese, butter, & salt at medium speed until creamy
  2. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, and fresh strawberries (mashed) and continue blending
  3. Switch mixer to low speed and mix in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached (3/12 – 4 cups)

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This pretty pink Fresh Strawberry Cake is an awesome easy cake recipe. Topped with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing, this homemade strawberry cake recipe is the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, or any time really. I hope you love it as much as we do!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Fresh Strawberry Cake. Enjoy!

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This FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE recipe is so light, sweet, and easy to make. And with the Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing, this easy cake recipe is just too delicious to resist!
Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
This FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE recipe is so light, sweet, and easy to make. And with the Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing, this easy cake recipe is just too delicious to resist!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese icing, strawberries, strawberry cake, strawberry frosting
Servings: 20
Calories: 419 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
For the Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake:
  • cups butter unsalted, softened
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3 ounce package strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • cups whole buttermilk
  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
For the Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 8 ounce packages (16 ounces, total) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter unsalted
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 lemons; juice and zest
  • ¾ cup diced fresh strawberries mashed
  • 3½-4 cups powdered sugar
For the Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F and set the oven rack to middle position.
  2. Spray a half-size (18x13x1-inch) rimmed baking sheet with non-stick baking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar and continue beating about 3 minutes or until lighter in color and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one-at-a-time until well combined.
  5. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.
  6. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, gelatin, baking soda and salt.
  7. Turn mixer to low speed. Starting with the flour mixture, beat in the flour and buttermilk alternately to the butter mixture in 5 additions (beginning and ending with flour) beating just long enough after each addition to be blended.
  8. Add the strawberries and stir.
  9. Spread batter into prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake at 350°F 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Cool cake on a cooling rack and frost with Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting.
  12. Keep unused frosted cake covered and refrigerated up to 2 days.
  13. Enjoy!
For the Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and salt at medium speed until creamy and lighter in color.
  2. Beat in fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and mashed fresh strawberries just until blended.
  3. Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add enough powdered sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. If the mixture is too thick, add more lemon juice or mashed strawberries.
  5. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 374mg 16%
Potassium 78mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Sugars 46g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.6%
Vitamin C 9.3%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Maria Jimenez
Hi, I made this today and my cake didn’t come out pink at all and I had to use so much powdered sugar for the frosting, I dunno maybe my lemon had way too much juice and my strawberries were way too juicy for it
    Becky Hardin
    That's so strange, I'm sorry it didn't turn out quite right! I hope it still tasted great.
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