My Simple Strawberry Cake recipe has a finer cake like crumb compared to more of a biscuit like shortcake. Though you can top this cake with sweetened whipped cream and those succulent strawberries, I also like to heighten that somewhat tart berry flavor by making a creamy, slightly thinner frosting infused with strawberries to give this cake an added element of deliciousness. Along with freshly cut berries on top and spread over this strawberry frosting between the cake, this is just another way to take advantage of strawberry season.
You won’t be laboring very hard with my Simple Strawberry Cake because this recipe doesn’t require creaming. All you’ll be doing is mixing the oil and ingredients together for this cake batter. The most work that you do is slicing strawberries and beating the frosting together.
What is fun about my Simple Strawberry Cake is that you can do so much with this easy recipe from changing the toppings to making two nine-inch layers or in a smaller sheet cake size pan (about 10-1/2″ x 7″ x 1-1/2″). I often just make the sheet cake and stack the cut pieces, spooning on the frosting and filling and adorning with extra sliced strawberries.
Something else I hope that you want to try is my Scrumptious Strawberry Pie recipe, which is out of this world.
My Simple Strawberry Cake
2-1/4 cups sifted flour
3-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, leveled
1 teaspoon of salt
1-1/2 cups of sugar
½ cups of canola oil
1 cup of milk
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 pints of strawberries
1/3 cup of sugar to marinate the strawberries
Preheat your oven to 350-degrees.
Mix all the cake batter ingredients together except for the strawberries and the 1/3 cup of regular sugar and beat for about two or three minutes with your electric mixer before turning out into your greased layer cake or sheet cake pans.
Usually baking time is about 30 minutes-35 minutes at 350-degrees depending on how your oven is regulated.
Test with a toothpick, cake tester or slender knife to test for doneness.
Allow to cool before frosting.
Strawberry Spoon on Frosting
1/4 cup softened butter
2-1/4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup of crushed strawberries (remainder will be sliced for topping and inside the frosted pieces)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk
Clean and slice all the strawberries except for the 1/4 cup that you crushed. Add the 1/3 cup of regular sugar and marinate in the refrigerator for about 25 or 30 minutes. Leaving the treated berries alone will help coax even more strawberry juices from within.
Later, beat all the frosting ingredients with the crushed strawberries until you get slightly thin frosting than a regular butter cream icing.
Cut and spread the strawberry frosting over the cooled cake and decorate with the rest of the sliced strawberries on top and in between.