Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This fresh Strawberry Cake is absolutely bursting with fresh berries. And the sheet cake is my go-to dessert for a potluck or picnic since you can make it up to one day ahead and serve it straight out of the fridge. Easy, fresh and delish for the win!

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Strawberry Sheet Cake

This delicious dessert was the product of my need to bake for a potluck, yet having little time to bake on the day of the event, which is often the case when it comes to baking with kids in the house—our schedules are not always our own!

In turn, this Strawberry Sheet Cake can be made ahead and hang out in the fridge, better yet, it’s even best served chilled.

But back to this cake. The ingredients are straightforward and it’s naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup. Plus, the fresh berries in the cake add both flavor and moisture, reducing the need for excess amounts of anything other than wholesome ingredients.

how to make strawberry cake step by step process

Ingredients You Need

To make this cake you’ll need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • oat flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • plain whole milk yogurt
  • diced strawberries
  • honey or maple syrup
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • fresh strawberries, optional

Step-by-Step Instructions

This is a basic cake without any fancy ingredients or steps, and here’s a look at what’s involved in making the recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.

  1. Gather your ingredients and prep the berries.
  2. Whisk up the eggs.
  3. Stir the rest of the ingredients into the eggs.
  4. Stir in the berries.
  5. Pour into a greased pan.
  6. Bake!

TIP: Try not to over bake to ensure that the final cake is nice and moist.

ingredients in fresh strawberry frosting

Effortless Strawberry Frosting

The strawberry cake is complemented by the Strawberry Frosting, which is made with a combination of cream cheese, butter, strawberry preserves, vanilla extract, fresh lemon, and optional powdered sugar. It’s extremely easy to mix it up and spread over the cooled cake.

TIP: Choose a strawberry jam that’s relatively smooth or try not to use large pieces of berries to ensure that the frosting is smooth and uniform throughout.

strawberry frosting on strawberry cake

Can I make this cake gluten-free?

You can use cup for cup gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour in this recipe if you prefer. And use certified gluten-free oat flour too.

strawberry cake with nellies egg cartonWhat’s the best way to make this cake ahead?

This cake can be made the day before you plan to serve it. Let the cake cool completely in the pan place on a wire rack, then cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. You can frost it ahead or just before serving, depending on your personal preference. If you plan to top it with berries, I recommend adding them as close to when you plan to serve it if possible.

We love this cake in the summer months when we want easy desserts to share with friends and hope that you do too!

Best Tips for Success

  • Store frosted cake fully covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Choose a strawberry jam that’s relatively smooth or try not to use large pieces of berries to ensure that the frosting is smooth.
  • Use additional all purpose flour in place of the oat flour if desired.
  • You may also like Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes, Easy Vanilla Cupcakes, and my Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published June 2019.

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Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake


  • Author:
    Amy Palanjian

  • Prep Time:
    10

  • Cook Time:
    22

  • Total Time:
    32 minutes

  • Yield:
    Serves 1216 1x

  • Category:
    Dessert

  • Method:
    Baking

  • Cuisine:
    American


Frosting

  • 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup seedless strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, optional
  • Fresh strawberries, optional


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs.
  4. Add the eggs and the rest of the ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir gently with a spatula to combine.
  5. Add the batter to the prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, and the edges are lightly golden brown and the center is set, about 22-24 minutes. Let cool fully on a wire rack.
  7. Strawberry Frosting: Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Use a hand held electric mixer to beat until very smooth, starting on a low speed and working up to high.
  8. Spread Strawberry Frosting over cooled cake and slice. Top with fresh berries if desired to serve.



Notes

Store frosted cake fully covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Choose a strawberry jam that’s relatively smooth or try not to use large pieces of berries to ensure that the frosting is smooth.

Use additional all purpose flour in place of the oat flour if desired.

 

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