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Strawberry Cake

  • Yield: Makes one 10-inch cake
Strawberry Cake

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2005


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.

  2. Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.

  3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

  4. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cut into wedges. Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days.

Reviews (52)

  • Kathiepip 23 Mar, 2015

    I haven't made this cake yet-just a question: can I use frozen strawberries that are thawed? I still have some in my freezer from last summer that I would like to use.

  • Kathiepip 23 Mar, 2015

    I haven't made this cake yet-just a question: can I use frozen strawberries that are thawed? I still have some in my freezer from last summer that I would like to use.

  • Angela Izzo 31 Jan, 2015

    Best Strawberry Cake Ever! Super Easy and Delicious! This has become my go to cake for just about every occasion. My family likes to eat it with a bit of whipped cream. Thanks Martha!

  • AnnaPieta 16 Jun, 2014

    This is a fantastic recipe that is simple yet delicious and beautiful. Was perfect for a Father's Day meal.
    I wonder if I could make it in a springform pan so that I may remove it and offer it as gifts to my kids' teachers.

  • sabbatino michele 16 Apr, 2014

    The kids could not wait to dig into this delicious strawberry delight. I made one earlier in the day with strawberries and I have another one in the oven with blueberries since I do not have any strawberries left. Thank you to Martha once again!!!

  • Mary Blackledge Corroo 10 Jul, 2013

    I made the cake in a 10 inch cake pan rather than a pie plate. It was delicious. This is will be a go to recipe for me when strawberries are in season. Thanks for the great recipe.

  • 1MoreTime 4 Jul, 2013

    I've mad this cake many times. It works great in a 10" pie plate or a 9" deep dish pie plate. Also is wonderful with an assortment of berries. Favorite is blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Make sure your berries are dry. I sprinkle some of the sugar on before I put it in the oven and then some after it comes out and is still hot. A little whipped cream on top makes this a family favorite!

  • dandoon86 21 Jun, 2013

    This is just about the most delicious cake ei have ever tasted. It is absolutely fantastic!!!! It was perfect in every way. try to taste ur strawberries before you buy/use them, the sweeter they are, the better.

  • Anna-Hedwig 20 May, 2013

    This cake is really awesome! its really easy to make and really a nice desert!

  • linpika 27 Apr, 2013

    This was a hit with my family. They all went for seconds! I served this with some vanilla ice cream. Will definitely make again.

  • nsands920 24 Apr, 2013

    Absolutely the most delicious strawberry dessert I have ever tasted, and it also beautiful!

  • jeannemarie70 7 Mar, 2013

    This was awesome! I don't like desserts that are too sweet, and this fit the bill. Incredibly easy and so good. The strawberries added a nice balance to the sweet moist cake.

  • pandorasun6 24 Jun, 2012

    I took this recipe: used a larger pan, put half the (vanilla) batter in, added cocoa powder too the rest of the batter. poured chocolate chips over the vanilla batter, smeared on the chocolate batter, put on strawberries and sugar and cooked at 350 for 10 min then 325 for 20 more min (not an hour)..delicious!!

  • Veggielaw 9 Jun, 2012

    I've had a lot of success with this recipe. People really love it!

  • Heather Grattan 25 May, 2012

    I have been making this cake for years and with fresh strawberries from Bishops Orchards it truly is a prize winner!

  • Heather Grattan 25 May, 2012

    I have been making this cake for years and with fresh strawberries from Bishops Orchards it truly is a prize winner!

  • John Koppole 18 May, 2012

    this one of the best recipes i ever cam across. This is best site for all recipes. keep up the good job

  • Plantation 26 Aug, 2011

    A great excuse to get out the old glass pie plate! Lovely, light & flavorful but I'd like to incorporate more fruit within next time. Used a almond-crumble topping to add some crunchy texture & served with vanilla froz yogurt. Guests raved!

  • FoodieForLife 28 Jul, 2011

    Simple! Delicious! and Most of all EASY! Amazing topped with Whipped Cream.

  • Alana_r 2 Jul, 2011

    Delicious and easy! I made this cake with fresh picked strawberries which were frozen. The juice from the thawed berries, reduced with some sugar, made a sweet sauce - the perfect complement to this fabulous cake. I will definitely make this again.

  • kpitts14 26 Jun, 2011

    Very tasty! Definitley serve with whip cream.

  • HenryCav 23 Jun, 2011

    i got a tiny bite and it was delicious.

  • alamanna 24 May, 2011

    Easy and delicious. I've made this cake several times and it turns out great every time. I've used raspberries as well as strawberries, and always serve with fresh whipped cream.

  • GirlB300 9 Mar, 2011

    Fantastic! Find a you-pick patch near you then make this = YUM~O!

  • jerseygirl79 20 Oct, 2010

    do you think that this could be made in smaller batches like cupcakes or as mini bundt cakes? I think that would be cute to serve as a brunch item.

  • SaraAshley 20 Aug, 2010

    this is amazing. thats all i can say! MMMMM! a MUST make.

  • gerhartl 13 Aug, 2010

    This is the best shortcake/coffee cake/cake/dessert I have ever made!! Made it one day and turned around and made another one the nest day to freeze. (Don't cook the one to freeze too long as it will not be as moist.) We loved it. As for a pretty pan, I went to and got a beautiful red 10" pie plate for only $9.99 - what a steal and it looked beautiful!!

  • JaneFairfax 14 Jul, 2010

    This cake has so much going for it: it smells heavenly when it is baking, is a great way to use up a large number of strawberries fast or salvage a basket that is not perfect enough to serve fresh and it absolutely scrumptious alone or with whipped cream. It also keeps really well, mine was loosely covered for five days and the last piece was as moist and delicious as the first!

  • oysterchef 30 Jun, 2010

    This cake was delicious and so easy to throw together--had most of the ingredients on hand, which is always nice. I made it for father's day and it was enjoyed by all! Will definitely make again, maybe testing out different fruits on top. Definitely agree with the other post that likens it to a cross between pound cake and angel food cake. YUM!

  • UrbanLiving 9 Jun, 2010

    This was easily thrown together and baked while we ate dinner. Nothing like warm cake with ice cream! Now, does anyone know where to find a beautiful pan like the one in the image? Beautifully rustic and appropriate for my cooking style.

  • Mewnormick 3 Jun, 2010

    I think this would be a great cake for a 4th of July party. I will add fresh blueberries and strawberries and then top each slice with whipped cream... go red, white and blue. I love this cake and want to try it with pineapple some time too. Easy to make and super delicious.

  • Saharp 22 May, 2010

    A perfect cake! I thought it would be so dry but because of strawberries it keeps the moist even for the next 2 days you keep it! i baked it two times and my friends loved it!

  • Love2CookBake 12 May, 2010

    An excellent cake! Great alone, with fresh bananas, whip cream or ice cream.
    I don't usually like new recipes I find online, but this one is a keeper and I will definitely be adding it to my recipe book for regular use.
    -I used a regular blender to mix and baked for an additional 10minutes.
    *Can't wait to make it again*

  • fletch123 6 May, 2010

    I made this yesterday and it was great! A previous poster was right on the money when they compared it to angel food cake meets pound cake- couldn't have described it better. My guests loved it and thought it tasted just like strawberry shortcake. Because we didn't have any milk, I used half and half mixed with water. There was no problem with this. I'm a beginner baker and this recipe was easy and turned out nice.

  • sarg814 3 Apr, 2010

    Just made this last night for some guests and it came out incredible! Even looked just like the picture, which I feel like does not happen often! Tastes like a cross between a light, fluffy angel food cake and a buttery pound cake -- just the right density. Easy to make, and a crowd pleaser.

  • francescakins 10 Mar, 2010

    I used a 9" pie plate and it worked out fine. I used frozen strawberries instead of fresh and it added to my baking time by about 10 mins. Other than that, the cake is great and a super base for other fruits as well, I'd think.

  • elsieclaire 3 Sep, 2009

    Don't have a 10 inch. I have a 9 inch cake pan or pie plate or I have a 10 inch cast iron. Any reccomendations on timing and which to use?

  • spulley 20 Jun, 2009

    so very easy and delicious, a must try! something I make for my family again and again and everyone loves it.

  • bre2009 25 May, 2009

    so yummy! My guests raved about this- I served it warm, thanks!

  • meadelux 31 Mar, 2009

    This is my favorite cake to make. I sometimes add chocolate chips to it and people go nuts for it (although I think its perfect without).

  • petepuma 10 Mar, 2009

    wonderful recipefor summer! everyone loves it. easy to make and the sugar on top is to die for! must serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

  • CaliforniaCook 12 Sep, 2008

    Great! and so easy. This is what I thought strawberry shortcake would be before I had it. It's going to be a staple at every summer party we host from now on. Very excellent with whipped cream.

  • pattipoopidoo 23 Jun, 2008

    This is VERY easy to throw together, took like 10 minutes, if that, and it was in the oven. Better yet, it's so delicous! It's a strawberry shortcake but so much easier! We ate it with freshly whipped cream and it was perfect.

    Oh, and if you're tempted to cut back on that 2 tbsp of sugar sprinkled on top, don't! I thought it seemed like a lot of sugar for sprinkling on, but it made the top of the cake so tasty.

  • Katelinlee 14 Jun, 2008

    Simple and delicious -- a huge hit at the bridal shower.

  • mrsfrez 12 Jun, 2008

    This cake was fair by it's self but delicious with whipped cream!! Very easy to make. I will definately make it again.

  • tialolo 7 Jun, 2008

    was very easy to make, next time I'll probably halve the batter

  • maria33elena 5 Jun, 2008

    The cake is and look delicious. But I suggest to alternate the milk and flour mixture to get a better dough and to bake it in a pyrex recipient.

  • lovestocrochet 1 Jun, 2008

    I am anxious to make this cake. Do you think frozen strawberries can be substituted for fresh?

  • jmeisen 29 May, 2008

    I'm looking forward to trying this, it sounds super easy!

  • metrosupialdesigns 26 May, 2008

    We take this to brunches often. Using jarred cherries from Trader Joes works well too.

  • tennisnut 23 May, 2008

    I bake this for friends all the time and they insist on getting the recipe. It is easy. Not overly sweet and complete with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

  • sat123 24 Feb, 2008

    Easy - more like a 'baked strawberry shortcake' - but better!

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