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Strawberry Lemonade Cake

strawberry lemonade layer cake on stand

Recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Cake, a three layered, fresh tasting, brightly colored spring dessert. Zesty lemon cake with layers of Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

I’ve been on the hunt for a small white rustic cake stand for several months. Basically one that won’t dwarf the cake, isn’t too shiny, too expensive, and most importantly made of wood. When I go antique shopping its like an easter egg hunt to find just what I’m looking for. Scouring high, low, in between, and underneath everything to find the prize. A few days ago I stumbled upon an old orange tinted wood cake stand! Right size..wrong color. Nothing that a little paint won’t fix!! With a little love, a few hours of baking, and some strawberry frosting, my little stand now has a purpose:)

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade Cake From Scratch

This recipe will tell you ‘step by step’ how to make Strawberry Lemonade Cake from scratch.

What you need:

  • Fresh lemons and strawberries, not frozen
  • Room temperature butter
  • Stand mixer
  • Piping bag
  • Bench scraper
  • Cake stand

 

Three Layer Strawberry Cake

Recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe

The idea for this recipe came to me when ordering a frozen strawberry lemonade at a cafe in Central Park. I started searching for inspiration and came across Maria’s recipe. Switching out the granulated sugar for raw natural sugar and buttermilk for unsweetened almond milk.

strawberry lemonade layer cake on stand
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Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake

Recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake, a fresh tasting brightly colored spring dessert. Zesty lemon cake with layers of strawberry buttercream frosting. Store in fridge for 2 weeks or cut slices, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 6 months.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon cake, strawberry cake, strawberry lemonade
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 slices
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients

Cake Batter:

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups raw organic sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2-4 large strawberries finely chopped

Toppings:

  • 6 large strawberries topped and sliced

Instructions

Cake Batter

  1. Grease three 6-inch round baking pans with baking spray or lay two thin strips in a plus sign pattern across pans letting excess overhang. This is my preferred method, so I can easily lift cakes from the pan after baking.
  2. Place butter, sugar, and lemon zest in bowl of stand mixer. With whisk attachment, whip until light and well mixed. Start on a low speed and then move to medium. You may need to stop a few times and with a soft spatula push butter chunks off the whisk and back into bowl. Also scrape around the edges and across the bottom once or twice to make sure everything is incorporated.

  3. In a separate bowl, hand whisk together flour, salt, and baking agents. Set aside.
  4. Add eggs to sugar and butter one at a time. Make sure each egg is throughly combined before adding lemon juice. The batter will start to resemble cottage cheese, but don't worry, all is well.
  5. Slowly spoon flour into mixture at low speed, adding almond milk in as you go. Stop half way to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  6. Once all ingredients are incorporated, turn to medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Divide the batter between the three pans. For this cake 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cup of batter per pan should do the trick.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted down the center.
  9. Let each cake completely cool on rack. You can leave them in the pans or remove by pulling on ends of parchment paper and setting them on rack. (don't remove parchment paper until cooled)
  10. Now make your frosting!

Frosting

  1. Clean and dry your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment.
  2. Place room temp butter and 4 cups powdered sugar in bowl.
  3. Beat on medium until completely mixed and fluffy. Again, you may need to take spatula and scrape across sides and bottom.
  4. Add milk and chopped strawberries.
  5. The more strawberries you add, the pinker the color.
  6. You will have chunks of strawberries in your frosting, YUM!!
  7. Continue to add remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar slowly until frosting is thick but still spreadable.
  8. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside.
  9. Now that your three cakes are cool, its time to level the tops for stacking.
  10. Remove from pans or peel off parchment paper.
  11. Take a serrated knife and gently cut dome from top of cake. Use other hand to stabilize the cake layer, to make sure its an even cut. Do this for all three layers.
  12. Now spoon your frosting into your piping bag.
  13. Cut the tip and pipe a small half dollar circle of frosting onto your cake dish/stand.
  14. Place one layer onto cake stand, trimmed side up.
  15. Pipe and cover with frosting. Repeat with second layer.
  16. Add top layer trimmed side down. Cover with frosting.
  17. Pipe and smooth frosting around the sides of cake.
  18. Place in fridge to help set frosting for 30 min.
  19. Top with chopped strawberries and serve!!

Recipe Notes

Tips: Set refrigerated butter on counter for 3hrs to reach room temp. Place cake rounds after cooling into freezer for 45 minutes, this makes applying frosting much easier.

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    This is a great recipe, but I will have to try to make it again to perfect it! My three cakes didn’t bake evenly, so maybe they need to be baked individually? Also, my buttercream broke and I had to google ways to fix it. The flavor was delicious, but overall my cake was not nearly as beautiful as this. I am on a mission to get it right!

    • Reply
      Jenn
      April 24, 2018 at 6:56 am

      thanks Ashley! Baking the cakes on same rack is key. Depending on your oven, may need a bit longer, try the toothpick test and if it comes out gooey give them a couple more minutes. Oh yes, I have had buttercream break before, best to let your butter sit out for 3 hrs prior to making, so that its room temp. So glad it tasted yummy!!

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    Karen
    May 15, 2018 at 9:26 am


    I saw this cake on Instagram and decided to give it a go for my sister’s birthday. Turned out great and we are still eating on it.

    • Reply
      Jenn
      May 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Yay! So glad you are loving it! I froze several pieces for later:)

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    Amy
    May 24, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Baked this cake a few weeks ago – the cake was beautiful and so delicious- the texture and flavor were amazing!

    • Reply
      Jenn
      May 24, 2018 at 8:26 am

      That’s wonderful Amy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for sharing:)

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