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Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake is the perfect fruity summer dessert that should be at the top of your summer baking list! I made one for a block party last week and it was devoured within 30 minutes. I didn’t even get a piece of my own cake, haha! But, strawberry lemonade is a flavor I plan on enjoying all season long. Especially now that fresh strawberries are available at all the local farmer markets.  

Layers of moist lemon cake with pink strawberry buttercream frosting, topped with sliced strawberries should be the centerpiece at every summer gathering.  Real strawberry puree in the frosting and freshly squeezed lemon juice in the cake layers. The soft flavors pair so nicely with each other and everyone who has tried it tells me the frosting tastes like a strawberry milkshake. Um, yes please!!

Summer cake with fresh strawberries.

Tips for Strawberry Lemonade Cake

  • This recipe will make a three layer 6 inch cake or a two layer 8 inch cake.
  • Use room temp, slightly softened butter.
  • Fresh strawberries and fresh lemons will give you the best flavor!
  • If using a stand mixer, I like to whip my butter and sugar together using the whisk attachment before switching to the paddle attachment when I add the eggs.
  • Make sure to add eggs in one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
  • Spoon in half your flour while mixing on low speed.
  • Then alternate between almond milk, lemon juice, and flour until a smooth cake batter is formed.
  • You may still need to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure everything is incorporated.
  • For level cake tops, prep you pans with a thin coating of butter, then line the bottom with parchment paper. Next, butter the parchment paper, sprinkle with flour and roll the pan for an even coating. Knock out any excess flour.
  • Weigh your pans as you add the batter to make sure all layers are even.
  • Bake on the middle rack.
  • Check with a toothpick to make sure they are baked.
  • Let cake layers cool in pan on rack before flipping out.
  • Carefully set layers on rack and allow to completely cool.
  • Once cooled, leave parchment paper on bottom, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 25 minutes to slightly firm.
  • Cold cake layers make assembly easy. When spreading on the strawberry buttercream the cake won’t break apart.

How to make a three layer cake.

How to Assemble a Layer Cake

Watch this ‘step by step’ video to see how I put together a layer cake!

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake with strawberry buttercream frosting.
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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 1/2 Cups (192 g) All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup (128 g) Cake Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter softened, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Zest
  • 4 Large Eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup (250 ml) Unsweetened Almond Milk

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature
  • 4-5 cups Powdered Sugar more as needed
  • 3 tsp Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 3-4 Large Strawberries finely chopped, tops removed
  • 4-5 tsp Pureed Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/2-1 tsp Kosher Salt taste before adding, helps counter balance the sweetness of the buttercream

Toppings:

  • 6 large strawberries topped and sliced

Instructions

Cake Batter

  1. Prepare three 6-inch round baking pans with butter and flour. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, hand whisk together sifted flours, salt, and baking agents. Set aside.

  3. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium with paddle attachment until fluffy. Scrape around the edges and across the bottom once or twice to make sure everything is incorporated.

  4. Add lemon zest and eggs one at a time while continuing to mix on medium low speed.

  5. Slowly spoon half the flour into mixture at low speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

  6. Continue on medium speed alternating between spooning in flour and pouring in almond milk and lemon juice. Mix until a smooth cake batter is formed.

  7. Divide the batter between the three pans. ( or two if using 8 inch pans.)

  8. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted down the center.

  9. Let each cake completely cool on rack. Then invert and remove layers from pans. Set on rack to cool longer. *see post for more tips!!

  10. Now make your frosting!

Frosting

  1. Clean and dry your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment.
  2. Place room temperature butter in bowl and whisk until fluffy.

  3. Add strawberry puree and 2 cups powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl as needed while making frosting.

  4. Add milk and chopped strawberries.
  5. Continue to add remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar slowly until frosting is thick but still spreadable. If you want a stiffer frosting add more powdered sugar, a cup at a time. To thin the frosting add more milk or strawberry puree a teaspoon at a time.

  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside.
  7. Place one cake layer onto cake stand.

  8. Using an offset spatula cover with frosting. Repeat with second layer.

  9. Add top and cover with frosting.

  10. Apply and smooth frosting around the sides of cake. Use a bench scraper to smooth frosting along the sides.

  11. Place in fridge to help set frosting for 30 min.
  12. 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.

9 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!!

  • Reply
    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:)

  • Reply
    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:)

  • Reply
    Jan
    June 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm


    This cake is both beautiful and delicious! The lemon flavor of the cake compliments the wonderful strawberry buttercream, which I think tastes just like strawberry ice cream. I could eat it with a spoon!! This cake is a winner!!

  • Reply
    Wendy
    July 10, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I’m planning on making this for my son’s birthday but he’s allergic to nuts. Can I use regular milk instead of almond milk? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Jenn
      July 10, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Wendy! Yes, you can definitely switch the almond milk out for regular milk:)

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