Rating: 3.67 stars
729 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 204
  • 4 star values: 224
  • 3 star values: 185
  • 2 star values: 88
  • 1 star values: 28

Abuttery-vanilla batter is the base of a cake that brims with a pound of strawberries.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Cook's Notes

Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days.

Reviews (69)

729 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 204
  • 4 star values: 224
  • 3 star values: 185
  • 2 star values: 88
  • 1 star values: 28
Rating: 5.0 stars
07/08/2020
This is absolutely the best strawberry shortcake. I gave it five stars. I also only used 2/3 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup. My husband loves it also. I use cake flour when baking cakes, it gives a much lighter and fluffy texture. I think I'll try fresh pineapple the next time.
Rating: 5.0 stars
05/24/2020
I have made this 4 times in 2 months. I had no milk the first time and I used an equivalent amount of mayonnaise instead. It was delicious! I make it that way every time now.
Rating: 5.0 stars
01/10/2020
This cake reminds me of a French Apple cake. It’s is sublime.
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Rating: 5.0 stars
01/10/2020
This cake reminds me of a French Apple cake. It’s is sublime.
Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2019
I used 2/3 cup of sugar in the cake and 1Tbsp. on the strawberries. Turned out delicious! Not too sweet.
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2019
This recipe is a no failure, delicious, unique and simple one. The cake was done in 50mins .. so soft and moist.
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2018
Thank you Martha Stewart for this amazing Strawberry Cake. I make this easily when I have to quickly whip up desert for my family.. Never fails..
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2018
I have made this several times and it always tastes amazing with many compliments. I also tried make ng it in a springform pan and I think I’ll always do that from now on. Serve with real whipped creme and sliced strawberries.
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2018
THE perfect summer cake. I've made it 3 times already this summer and will be making it again for visitors this weekend. A simple recipe, similar to strawberry shortcake, but more elegant. I serve it with barely sweetened whipped cream topped with a few fresh berries. It's delicious. I'm sure I will eventually try it with other kinds of berries and it will be terrific. But for now I can't stop making it just as it is. A terrific summer cake.
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2018
This was an amazing strawberry cake recipe. I did exactly as directed and it turned out perfect. Reminded me of strawberry short cake.
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2018
I don’t know why this recipe only has three stars. I’ve been making it for years and I find it excellent. Guests always love it and I serve with a little whipped cream on the side. Sometimes I even mix up the fruit based on what I have laying around in my fridge- it’s the perfect recipe for fruit that is on its way out. Just watch the baking time. I tend to start checking on it 45 min in because it can get too dry too quickly. I also bake this often in a springform pan.
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2017
I made the cake substituting brown sugar for half of the sugar (but not all). I used a square corning-ware cake pan. This pan is larger than a pie pan, so the cake came out thinner resembling a coffee style cake. Thinking about it, I realized that nuts would go well with this style cake. But since this cake doesn't have nuts in the recipe, I decided to make a strawberry topping for the cake. This topping would go on before I served it (so the cake was already cool). I combined sliced strawberries (a dab of sugar or sugar substitute to control any tartness) with strawberry preserves and added chopped walnuts. This way I could enjoy the nutty flavor and my spouse, who doesn't eat nuts, would not have the fruit topping. If you really like the cake sweet, you could probably also add a little powdered sugar on the top. But honestly, I think the cake and the strawberries are sweet enough. I also enjoy a little whipped cream too! I made it look so pretty! This cake is not very hard to make. Its nice for a little dessert!
Rating: Unrated
07/04/2017
The aroma is pure deliciousness! The cake is cooling now and I'll have it this evening. One disappointment -- the strawberries are buried under the cake! I placed them lightly on top of batter, did not push into batter. But I'm sure just because of the aroma, the cake will be delicious. I'll try again another time.
Rating: Unrated
05/24/2017
It was easy and quick. Less work than making strawberry shortcake. It's good with ice cream or fresh cream.
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2017
This cake is perfection! It's so simple to make, and it's beyond delicious. It's one of our favorites!
Rating: Unrated
05/11/2017
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Rating: Unrated
10/14/2016
This cake is so simple yet so divine. I originally made it to accompany a nice bottle of rosé champagne and my family rapidly devoured the entire thing. My father-in-law is a diabetic, so I substituted butter with greek yogurt and used 2/3 cup of sucralose and 1/3 cup sugar. His whole family loved it (and they're french and not easy to please!). I've used raspberries too and most recently I added lemon juice and used wildberry confiture in place of berries. It always turns out perfect!
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2016
Best cake ever! Your kitchen will smell like heaven.
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2016
This cake is utter perfection. I have made it twice, and both times I used a springform pan that was lined on the bottom with parchment paper and buttered generously. Once I made it with strawberries and the other time I made it with two packages of fresh raspberries. Both were utterly fantastic and my family wants me to make this frequently when fresh berries are available.
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2016
This cake is utter perfection. I have made it twice, and both times I used a springform pan that was lined on the bottom with parchment paper and buttered generously. Once I made it with strawberries and the other time I made it with two packages of fresh raspberries. Both were utterly fantastic and my family wants me to make this frequently when fresh berries are available.
Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2015
I've made this cake twice with fragrant Gariguette strawberries and the smell filling our appartment while it cooks is just divine! I would love to have an accurate metric conversion for the ingredients as my second attempt didn't come out quite right using the spoon and cup measures I can get here in France. Anyone? (Ate it all up anyway!)
Rating: Unrated
03/23/2015
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/23/2015
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/31/2015
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!
Rating: Unrated
06/16/2014
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.
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2014
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!!!
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
07/04/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
06/21/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
05/20/2013
This cake is really awesome! its really easy to make and really a nice desert!
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2013
This was a hit with my family. They all went for seconds! I served this with some vanilla ice cream. Will definitely make again.
Rating: Unrated
04/24/2013
Absolutely the most delicious strawberry dessert I have ever tasted, and it also beautiful!
Rating: Unrated
03/07/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/24/2012
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!!
Rating: Unrated
06/09/2012
I've had a lot of success with this recipe. People really love it!
Rating: Unrated
05/25/2012
I have been making this cake for years and with fresh strawberries from Bishops Orchards it truly is a prize winner!
Rating: Unrated
05/25/2012
I have been making this cake for years and with fresh strawberries from Bishops Orchards it truly is a prize winner!
Rating: Unrated
05/18/2012
this one of the best recipes i ever cam across. This is best site for all recipes. keep up the good job
Rating: Unrated
08/26/2011
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!
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2011
Simple! Delicious! and Most of all EASY! Amazing topped with Whipped Cream.
Rating: Unrated
07/02/2011
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/26/2011
Very tasty! Definitley serve with whip cream.
Rating: Unrated
06/23/2011
i got a tiny bite and it was delicious.
Rating: Unrated
05/24/2011
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2011
Fantastic! Find a you-pick patch near you then make this = YUM~O!
Rating: Unrated
10/20/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
08/20/2010
this is amazing. thats all i can say! MMMMM! a MUST make.
Rating: Unrated
08/13/2010
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 Amazon.com and got a beautiful red 10" pie plate for only $9.99 - what a steal and it looked beautiful!!
Rating: Unrated
07/14/2010
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!
Rating: Unrated
06/30/2010
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!
Rating: Unrated
06/09/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/03/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
05/22/2010
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!
Rating: Unrated
05/12/2010
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*
Rating: Unrated
05/06/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
04/03/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/03/2009
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?
Rating: Unrated
06/20/2009
so very easy and delicious, a must try! something I make for my family again and again and everyone loves it.
Rating: Unrated
05/25/2009
so yummy! My guests raved about this- I served it warm, thanks!
Rating: Unrated
03/31/2009
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).
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2009
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/12/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/23/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/14/2008
Simple and delicious -- a huge hit at the bridal shower.
Rating: Unrated
06/12/2008
This cake was fair by it's self but delicious with whipped cream!! Very easy to make. I will definately make it again.
Rating: Unrated
06/07/2008
was very easy to make, next time I'll probably halve the batter
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06/05/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
06/01/2008
I am anxious to make this cake. Do you think frozen strawberries can be substituted for fresh?
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05/29/2008
I'm looking forward to trying this, it sounds super easy!
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05/26/2008
We take this to brunches often. Using jarred cherries from Trader Joes works well too.
Rating: Unrated
05/23/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
02/24/2008
Easy - more like a 'baked strawberry shortcake' - but better!