Our Best Strawberry Cake Recipes for a Taste of Summer Anytime

Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries
Photo: Jason Donnelly

If you're looking for a crowd-pleaser, strawberry cake is always a winner. A homemade strawberry cake tops our list of favorite strawberry dessert recipes. Here, you'll find just the strawberry cake recipe you're looking for—whether you want to roll up your sleeves and make a strawberry cake from scratch or take a shortcut and fix a mix.

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Six-Layer Homemade Strawberry Cake

Six Layer Strawberry Cake
Kritsada Panichgul

This strawberry-liqueur cake will be a showstopper wherever you bring it. Take it to the next level by topping it with a layer of fresh strawberries. While it may take a little extra prep work to bake, it tastes as good as it looks. Plus, with strawberry liqueur and chopped strawberries in the batter and more chopped berries in the frosting, this is one of our most strawberry-packed cakes.

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Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries
Jason Donnelly

You can make a beautiful champagne cake with just a little bit of bubbly and cake mix! This easy strawberry cake recipe comes together, replacing some of the water with champagne (or other sparkling wine). Pop some red food dye in your frosting for a pleasant pastel pink. Friends will be asking for the recipe.

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Dark Chocolate-Strawberry Torte

Dark Chocolate Torte
Edmund Barr

This chocolate-strawberry cake is impressive and rich. Use a saucepan to prepare the simple chocolate ganache and pour it over the torte to create a nice glossy sheen. The elegant cake uses a strawberry-balsamic jam for that sweet fruity taste.

Buy It: Made By Design 3-Quart Saucepan ($22, Target)

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Strawberry Cake Roll

Cream-Filled Cake Roll
Jason Donnelly

Our strawberry roll cake has a fresh cream swirl that is fun to look at and delicious to eat. Fresh-cut strawberries give the handmade roll a little something extra and increase the berry flavor. Dust with a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar or add indulgence with a chocolate drizzle.

Buy It: All-Clad Jelly Roll Pan ($33, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Strawberry Santa Cake

Santa Cake
Blaine Moats

This whimsical cake takes strawberries on top to an extra-festive level. Our deceptively easy recipe requires only a couple cake pans, an electric mixer, and a piping bag (and strawberries, of course) to make Saint Nick's hat and facial hair. Have fun with your showstopper!

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream
Jennifer Davick

Brownie lovers will rejoice over this stunning cake that pairs layers of brownie-like cake with layers of bright, buttery strawberry icing. No fancy decorating skills required! You can even make the cake three days in advance and chill it in the fridge.

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Banana-Strawberry Cake Roll

Banana Split Cake Roll
Peter Krumhardt

Our strawberry cake roll will have your guests going bananas! This fun take on banana split ice cream combines the delicious flavors of smashed bananas and strawberry cream into a roll. Garnish it with some chocolate syrup and dollops of whipped cream for an appealing dessert.

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Vanilla-Strawberry Cake with Jam and Buttercream

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries & Jam
Scott Little

Indulge in some fresh berries with our eye-catching strawberry layer cake recipe. What makes this recipe special is everything is truly homemade, including the buttercream frosting. This recipe calls for an assortment of berries, but feel free to stick with just strawberries if you like.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cake Minis

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes
Steven McDonald

Make your guests feel like they're in a Parisian bakery with this classy but easy strawberry-chocolate cake recipe. This is essentially a chocolate cupcake recipe with a little bit of flair. Spread strawberry jam over each cupcake and top with a shiny ganache.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Brie Passano

Come spring and early summer, it's hard to pass up the sweet-tart combo of strawberries and rhubarb—so don't! Put the duo to work in a simpler coffee cake that doesn't require baking separate layers or intricate frosting, just tossing together a streusel topper no one can resist.

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Best Strawberry Shortcake

Best Strawberry Shortcake
Kritsada Panichgul

Last but not least, we conclude this collection of great strawberry cake ideas with the ultimate in fresh strawberry recipes: strawberry shortcake. This is our best recipe ever for the summer classic.

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