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Strawberry Layer Cake

Scratch Strawberry Layer Cake With Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

A scratch strawberry layer cake made with pureed strawberries and strawberry extract.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Scratch, Strawberry Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature (230 grams)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar (350 grams)
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pureed fresh strawberries measured after pureed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups cake flour (360 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mela’s Strawberry Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese from the refrigerator
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 large strawberries pureed
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9x2 inch round cake pans. Alternatively, you may use three.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add strawberry extract, vanilla extract, pureed strawberries, and sour cream. Beat until combined.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then turn out onto wire racks. Cool completely.
  • To make frosting, beat butter and cream cheese for about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add jam and slowly add pureed strawberries. Taste test it at this point and add a little strawberry extract if you feel like it.
  • This icing is kind of soft, so I recommend putting the cake in the refrigerator as soon as you've finished frosting it. I stored mine in the refrigerator in a cake carrier. It tasted even better on Day 2.