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Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Photo: My Vegan Cookbook

An amazing all natural Strawberry Cake recipe with a couple of secret ingredients that let you make this cake even when it’s not strawberry season.

The recipe uses a combination of freeze dried strawberries as well as natural strawberry extract for both the cake and the icing.

Freeze dried strawberries give a lovely pink color and sweet flavor to both the cake and icing. It’s important to use actual freeze dried strawberries, like these from Trader Joe’s, not dried (as in sun dried) or dehydrated strawberries. The freeze drying process retains more of the natural sweetness and strawberry flavor than simple dehydration and the texture is more suited to baking.

Also use a good quality natural strawberry extract to add a lovely strawberry sweetness and fragrance to this cake. Beware imitation strawberry extract – there’s nothing natural there.

Pure Strawberry Extract is essentially concentrated strawberry syrup distilled with alcohol (most “essence” and “extracts” contain alcohol). Strawberry extract is great to use in all manner of home-made strawberry cakes and desserts to intensify natural strawberry flavor. Very handy to keep in the pantry.

So even when it’s not strawberry season, using freeze dried strawberries and natural strawberry extract means you can make strawberry cake through-out the year.

The recipe gives you the option of adding red or pink food coloring to the batter if you do want a pinker cake, but it’s not strictly necessary – I say leave it out and stay natural.

One last thing – this is an eggless strawberry cake recipe that’s also dairy free – making it suitable for vegans (both the cake and the icing). But you would never know it – basically this is just a great strawberry cake that everyone can enjoy.

This inspired Strawberry Cake recipe is baked by Josh at My Vegan Cookbook.

If you’re looking for more cake recipes like this one, you might want to pop over and take a look at our collection of Strawberry Cake recipes.

Strawberry Cake Recipe
 
Ingredients
For the Strawberry Cake:
  • 2 Cups Bleached Cake Flour
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 & ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1 & ⅓ Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Light Vegan Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Strawberry Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Red or Pink Food Coloring (Optional)
For the Strawberry Icing:
  • 1 Cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • ¼ Cup vegan butter spread
  • 1 lb (453 grams) Box Confectioners Sugar
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Pinches of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Strawberry Extract
  • ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Almond or Soy Milk, About 3 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon
Instructions
  1. For the full recipe visit: Strawberry Cake recipe.

 

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4 Responses to Strawberry Cake Recipe

  1. Erica at #

    Thanks for your recipe! It’s very great! Freeze dried strawberries are really very amazing! In fact, I think all freeze dried fruits are all very suitable for baking!

    • Freeze dried berries are one of the best secrets of baking. Love love love them! Thanks for stopping by Erica.

  2. Kathleen at #

    Can I use natural strawberry flavoring instead of the extract? I can’t find the extract and it won’t be shipped on time if I order it online? Thanks.

    • Hi Kathleen

      I really wouldn’t for this cake. The extract is quite unique in what it adds to the recipe. It has a much more “real” strawberry flavour than any of the “flavorings” that I’ve tried – they all taste like strawberry candies, jello or icecream topping to me, which isn’t nearly as authentic. You could try adding strawberry puree or good quality strawberry jam and increasing the quantity of freeze dried strawberries. Or perhaps you could try this alternative strawberry cake recipe instead which uses a strawberry puree – http://www.theansweriscake.com/strawberry-cake/
      Good luck – let us know how you get on.