Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (2024)



This Strawberry Cake is just about the quickest and easiest cake you will ever make. Loaded with 500g / 1 lb of strawberries IN and ON the cake, it’s a great way to use strawberries when they’re in season! Yogurt makes the crumb moist, it’s not too sweet and you’ll love the hint of lemon.

No stand mixer, no creaming butter. Just one bowl and a wooden spoon!

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Strawberry cake

A pink sponge cake with pink frosting made entirely with fresh strawberries without cheating* is a recipe that’s officially been in development for 3 years.

I’m confident 2020 will be The Year when I finally crack it. I’m getting close – and I’m SUPER excited to share it with you. And while infinitely doable by any home cook, it is quite an involved recipe.

So for now, here’s the cake you make with all those strawberries – the best easy cake recipe you will ever make bursting with fresh strawberries!

* No cheating = no food colouring, no strawberry flavouring, no fancy pants ingredients like freeze dried strawberries.

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The cake is made with a yogurt and oil based batter which keeps the crumb beautifully moist for days and gives it more structure than delicate sponge cakesmade with creamed butter so it can stand up to the weight and considerable juices that sweat out of the strawberries.

It’s still a beautifully soft crumb, it’s just not as delicate as traditional butter and sponge cakes. I’ve used it for Blueberry Cake and this Lemon Yogurt Cake if you’d like to read feedback from people who have tried it (spoiler: it’s good!)

What goes in Strawberry Cake

So here’s what you need:

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  • Strawberries – 500g/1 lb to be exact! Some goesin the cake, most goes on top;

  • Flour, sugar, egg, baking powder, vanilla, salt – all the usual suspects in cakes;

  • Lemon – the freshness of lemon works so well in cakes made with berries! Proof ->Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake Bars, Blueberry Lemon Loaf; and

  • Oil and yogurt or sour cream – as noted above, this is what keeps the crumb really moist as well as adding a touch of tang, reinforcing the brightness we get from the lemon.

How to make this easy Strawberry Cake

Being that this doesn’t have creamed butter in it, it’s aone-bowl, hand mixed batter. Whisk Wet ingredients first, then mix the dry in.

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Some of the strawberries go inside the cake – not too much, I was a little overenthusiastic about this at first but the strawberries made the batter so wet and weighed it down so much it took 1 hour 40 minutes to cook! Most go on top – they hold their form pretty well but burst with juice when you bite into them.

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I’m so unoriginal that whenever I see strawberries and baked goods, I immediately thinkcream. So for me, a (big!) dollop of freshly whipped cream is mandatory for serving.

Though recently, I really showed my wild side when I served it warm with ice cream – and it was to die for. As with most cakes, the inside is a little “pudding like” when it’s still warm from the oven (hence why most cake recipes sternly instruct you to be patient and let the cake cool fully before serving).

But for this Strawberry Cake, that “pudding like” texture with the warm strawberries just seemed to enhance the eating experience. Especially with that (adventurous! risky!) scoop of ice cream I plonked on the side.

It’s terrific both ways – at room temp OR warm. You choose! – Nagi x

Watch how to make it

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Strawberry Cake (really easy cake recipe)

Author: Nagi

Prep: 15 minutes mins

Cook: 50 minutes mins



4.87 from 98 votes

Servings10 - 12 slices

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Recipe video above. With 500g / 1lb strawberries IN and ON the cake, this really is bursting with fresh strawberry flavour! This may well be the fastest and easiest cake recipe you'll make this year. Yogurt keeps the crumb beatifully tender and moist, and it keeps perfectly for days.

Resist the temptation to load it up with more than 1 cup chopped strawberries inside the cake - strawberries are really juicy which leeches into the batter, exponentially increasing bake time + can make the crumb too wet.

Lovely served at room temperature with cream, or warm with ice cream (I love it both ways!).



  • 500g / 1 lb strawberries , hulled (ie tops removed)


  • 1 cup sugar , caster/superfine best but granulated ok too
  • 1/2 cup oil , canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs , large (~50g/1.75 oz each)
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt , unsweetened (Greek or just plain)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or essence)


  • 2 1/4 cups flour , plain/all purpose
  • 4 tsp baking powder (or 1 1/4 tsp baking soda)
  • Pinch of salt


  • Whipped cream
  • Extra strawberries
  • Icing sugar/ powdered sugar , for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F (180°C fan).

  • Grease and line a 23 cm / 9" cake pan with baking paper/parchment paper. (Any type of cake pan is fine)


  • For inside of cake: Dice some strawberries into ~1.5cm / 1" pieces to make 1 cup (about 1/3 of the strawberries)

  • Topping: Cut the remaining strawberries in half.


  • Place Wet ingredients in a bowl and whisk well for 1 minute.

  • Add Dry ingredients then whisk well until lump free.

  • Pour half into cake pan, smooth surface. Scatter over diced strawberries.

  • Top with remaining batter. Smooth surface, then top with halved strawberries, cut face down.

  • Bake 50 minutes or until skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. (Note 1) If you need to cook longer, cover with foil if it starts getting too golden.

  • Stand 15 minutes in the cake pan before turning out onto cooling rack.

  • Cool 15 minutes+ before serving warm or at room temp. Dust with icing sugar, and serve with cream or if serving warm, ice cream!

Recipe Notes:

1. Bake time - I know 200°C/390°F (180°C fan) sounds high for a cake, but for this one it needs a higher temp. If your oven runs weak so it takes longer to bake, it can really affect the bake time of this cake due to the juiciness of the strawberries!At 180°C/350°F (160°C fan) it took me 30 minutes longer, and a bit more moist inside (but still a terrific soft tender crumb).

2. Different measures in different countries - tablespoon and cup sizes differ slightly from country to country. In most recipes, the difference is not enough to affect the outcome of the recipe, but for baking recipes, you do need to be careful.

This cake recipe is forgiving enough such that the difference in cups won't matter - I've made it mixing up US and Australian cups (the greatest size variance) and the outcome was exactly the same.

3. Cake batter recipe is from my Lemon Yogurt Cake and Blueberry Cake. Strawberry Cake version inspired by various recipes I've seen around in including ones from Smitten Kitchen, Martha Stewart and Natasha's Kitchen.

4. Storage -keeps well for 5 days, the crumb stays nice and moist thanks to the yogurt and oil. If it's hot and humid where you are, keep it in the fridge and bring to room temp before serving. If it's cold where you are, it doesn't need to be kept in the fridge. Also freezes 100% perfectly.

5. Nutritionper slice, assuming 12 slices.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 271cal (14%)Carbohydrates: 40g (13%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 11g (17%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Cholesterol: 30mg (10%)Sodium: 22mg (1%)Potassium: 304mg (9%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 20g (22%)Vitamin A: 65IU (1%)Vitamin C: 27mg (33%)Calcium: 111mg (11%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

Keywords: easy cake recipe, strawberry cake, strawberry recipe

Did you make this recipe?I love hearing how you went with my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @recipe_tin.

Originally published as this Upside Down Strawberry Cakein August 2017 which, due to lack of reader interest (ie virtually ZERO readers!) and some technicality issues, has been replaced with this sparkling new easy Strawberry Cake recipe!

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  1. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (19)Amanda Marie says

    Brilliant! Made it for a July 4 cook-out. The recommendation came from a family member in Australia; she sent the link to her sister-in-law (my aunt) in Salisbury, UK; who sent it to me in Atlanta, Georgia. We all have your cookbook of course! Cake was devoured and several guests went home with a big piece, which meant not much left for me! Will make again soon. Hugs to Dozer.


  2. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (20)Jan says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (21)
    I made this yesterday, it didn’t look as elegant as Nagi’s as some of the strawberries on top were a tad ‘caramelised’ 😉 but it tasted great and was served with icecream and clotted cream. I’ll definitely make it again but put foil on after 45 minutes, I had to cook for an extra 15 minutes than in the recipe.


  3. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (22)Shyla says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (23)
    Complete disaster! First time ever a Nagi recipe has failed me. Batter was very thick and 1 hour and 20 mins later, still uncooked in middle. I put the baking powder in before the flour and mixed it. Was that my mistake???????????


    • Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (25)S says

      All the recipe says is that oil keeps the cake moister/doesn’t dry out become stale instantly. That’s because oil is 100% fat and butter is 80% fat and 20% water, and it’s the added water that’s the issue. If you don’t mind the cake going stale next day, by all means use butter! But I would go the extra step to making ghee (recipe on this website I think) to get the buttery flavour with the soft texture. You can buy ghee but it has additives which probably ruins the flavour. Or use browned butter (again you cook off the water) – quicker method than ghee but it has a distinctive toffee flavour, but again that’s a sensational flavour in it’s own right


  4. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (27)Nicole says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (28)
    This is such an easy recipe and so, so delicious! Don’t hesitate when strawberries are cheap and in season


  5. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (29)Gen says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (30)
    This cake was a huge hit! Perfect for summer and serving with fresh berries and a bit of chocolate with cream. I used lactose free greek yoghurt and lactose free cream and worked perfectly.
    Mine needed an extra 10 or 15 minutes in the oven.
    Will definitely be making this one again


  6. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (31)Erin says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (32)
    This cake does not keep well for 5 days. It’s all gone by then!! So easy to make and always a hit.


  7. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (36)Sarah Gibbons says

    I made this for a dinner party tonight, it was a huge hit. My friend doesn’t normally love dessert, but he asked that I leave all the left overs as he loved it so much. He declared it “the best dessert ever”.
    So delicious and so easy 😀


  8. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (37)Lola says

    Made this yesterday. I thought mine was a bit dense but it tasted lovely. My 5 yo son ate all the “crunchy” bits around the cake. Then I had some today after leaving it in the fridge overnight – so good, especially on a warm sunny day! Thank you for another great recipe Nagi.


  9. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (38)LP says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (39)
    Not sure where I went wrong with this one, but it didn’t turn out for me. I used the specified size of tin but I suspect I would have had more luck with a bigger tin (or one with higher sides?) as it was liquid in the middle and very crusty at the edges at 50 mins. I topped it with foil and carried on baking until done but only the middle was edible. Still, what we did eat tasted nice!


  10. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (40)Annelise Guest says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (41)
    I made this cake today – I accidentally forgot the eggs, but it was still delicious and beautiful.


  11. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (44)Sue says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (45)
    Made this for dessert when we had friends staying. Easy to make ahead and kept beautifully. Absolutely delicious.A real hit! Thank you!


  12. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (46)Carol says

    I made it today and my hubby and 3 grown up girls absolutely loved it, there’s hardly any left. Well done Nagi.


  13. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (47)Carole says

    Hi Nagi
    looking forward to making this for tonight as it looks amazing (as usual),someone posted a mention for strawberry upside down cake but i can’t find it on the website? would really like to try that.


  14. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (48)Pree says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (49)
    LOVE ❤️
    This recipe is a keeper.

    The only change I made was to reduce the sugar by 2 tablespoons. It was a crowd pleaser and everyone asked me for the recipe.

    I cannot tell you all, how good this cake is. It’s by far my most favourite cake ever now (surpassed my Rick stein favourite). Most favourite to make and to have 🤤


  15. Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (51)Ewyman says

    Strawberry Cake - really easy cake recipe (52)
    I love this cake, however I don’t like the appearance of strawberries, as if cooked…


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