Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe – The Recipe Rebel


This Strawberry Lemonade Cake is a fresh, fruity summer dessert made with real strawberry puree and freshly squeezed lemon juice! There’s an ultra moist strawberry cake topped with lemon buttercream frosting — it will be a hit at any summer barbecue!

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lemon frosting on strawberry cake


If you know me at all, you know I am allllll over this right here.

I love lemon. I love strawberries. I love cake. There is really not that much to be mad about.

It is nearly the end of June, which means that school is on the way out and summer is on the way in, and I see 2 glorious months of camping and swimming and spray parking and picnicking ahead of us.

piece of strawberry lemonade cake

How I will do that with a 6 year old, 3 year old and a 6 month old and no husband, I’m not exactly sure yet — but we’ll figure something out 😉

This is the time where my husband gets busy again with work, and I’m mostly single-momming from July until we get a dump of snow (which I’m always praying comes sooner rather than later). But I am still hoping to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful Manitoba summer while we have it!

strawberry lemonade cake on white plate

How to make Strawberry Lemonade Cake:

  • I try to stay away from boxed mixes as much as possible around here, but every once in a while we mix things up! This strawberry cake is homemade and uses real strawberry puree for flavor, but if you want to punch things up feel free to add a tablespoon or two of strawberry Jello powder to give it some “pop”.
  • You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for your puree, just make sure that if you’re using frozen strawberries, you thaw and drain them before pureeing so that you are not adding in all that extra liquid.
  • Feel free to mix things up a bit! You can use raspberries to make this a raspberry lemonade cake, swap the lemon for orange or lime, or just go crazy and add a little of everything! I’m a big fan of improvising here, so you do you 😉
strawberry lemonade cake on white plate

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

This Strawberry Lemonade Cake is a fresh, fruity summer dessert made with real strawberry puree and freshly squeezed lemon juice! There’s an ultra moist strawberry cake topped with lemon buttercream frosting — it will be a hit at any summer barbecue!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2
    cup
    canola oil
  • 2
    cups
    granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2
    cups
    fresh strawberry puree
    1lb strawberries
  • 4
    eggs
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla
  • 3
    cups
    all purpose flour
  • 2
    teaspoons
    baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
  • red food coloring
    optional

Frosting:

  • 1/2
    cup
    butter
    room temperature
  • 3
    cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1/4
    cup
    heavy cream
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • yellow food coloring
    optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil and sugar until combined.

  3. Add strawberry puree, eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and slowly stir just until moistened. Spread batter into prepared cake pan.

  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth with an electric mixer.

  2. Add the powdered sugar, cream, and lemon zest (start slowly with the lemon if you don’t like too much zing!) and beat until smooth. Add lemon juice just until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Facts

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Amount Per Serving

Calories 509
Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18g
28%

Saturated Fat 6g
30%

Cholesterol 74mg
25%

Sodium 187mg
8%

Potassium 194mg
6%

Total Carbohydrates 81g
27%

Dietary Fiber 1g
4%

Sugars 55g

Protein 5g
10%

Vitamin A
6.4%

Vitamin C
34.4%

Calcium
5.2%

Iron
11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 



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