Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

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!

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.

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

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 cakes made 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:

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

How to make this easy Strawberry Cake

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

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

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 100 minutes to cook! Most go on top – they hold their form pretty well but the burst with juice when you bite into them.

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe

I’m so unoriginal that whenever I see strawberries and baked goods, and I immediately think cream. 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 recipe sternly instruct you to be patient and let the cake cook 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

Strawberry Cake – really easy cake recipe


Strawberry Cake (really easy cake recipe)

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.

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

Course Cake
Cuisine Western
Keyword easy cake recipe, strawberry cake, strawberry recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 – 12 slices
Author Nagi



  • 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 1/2 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt , unsweetened (Greek or just plain)


  • 2 1/4 cups flour , plain/all purpose
  • 4 tsp baking powder (Note 2 for baking soda / bi carb)
  • 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 with baking paper/parchment paper.


  • 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!


1. Bake time – 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).

Originally published as this Upside Down Strawberry Cake in 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!

Life of Dozer

When the video camera kept focussing on his big golden head instead of the darn cake!!!

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