memorial day strawberry cake

Hope you’re having a great Memorial Day weekend so far! I was able to (finally) catch up on my much needed sleep, reorganize the 5,000 files that were cluttering up my computer desktop (also much needed), and spend time with my family. And do a little bit of baking!

This recipe is from Barefoot Contessa Parties! and is my go-to summer staple. It’s not one of those heavy cakes that you feel sick after eating, but is amazing nonetheless! Plus, you feel like it’s healthy because there are strawberries on it…or at least I do! You will not be disappointed.

Memorial Day Strawberry Cake

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Parties!

Ingredients for Cake
3/4 cup of softened butter
2 cups of granulated sugar
4 eggs
3/4 cup of sour cream
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Ingredients for Whipped Cream Frosting and Strawberry Filling
4 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 pints of fresh strawberries, sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans.

2. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy (I used a KitchenAid electric mixer).

3. Add eggs, sour cream, zests, vanilla, flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda one at a time until very well-mixed and smooth.

4. Pour batter into the pans and bake for 30 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

5. To make the whipped cream frosting with strawberry filling, whip the heavy whipping cream with a handheld electric mixer until firm. Add in vanilla extract and sugar, and continue to whip.

6. Remove cake from cake pans. Place one layer on cake plate, then cover with whipped cream frosting. Cover whipped cream with sliced strawberries. Place second layer on top, and cover with whipped cream and strawberries once more. Enjoy!

22 Responses to memorial day strawberry cake

  1. Tonia says:

    Yum! This looks delicious! I will have to bring this to one of the summer parties I attend!

  2. lexi says:

    That looks fattening and wonderful! I have yet to master cheesecake. Let me know when you do!

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

  3. Catherine says:

    Looks delish! I love strawberries with citrus zest!
    Make Myself at Home

  4. Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* says:

    I would eat every last crumb off the saucer that held a piece of that cake! Looks delicious, and I think you’re right that the strawberries have to add some health benefits. 😉

  5. Jenna says:

    That cake looks amazing. Love you site its so great and the style is perfect! thank you for your sweet visit to my blog! Hope you stop by again soon! I’ll be following you site now!

  6. Star says:

    Thanks so so much for all your sweet comments!!! It means so much to me! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the cake!

  7. Mom says:

    Let me preface this with the fact that I’m not just saying this because I’m your mom! This cake was AMAZING!!!! So good in fact that the enormously filling cake was gobbled up in one night except for one piece, and people were fighting over the left over piece the next day! Please make more soon! And explain why it was so much better when you made it than when I made it? Yummy!

  8. Tiffani@ The Days of My Life says:

    Oh, yum!! Anything with grated orange zest has my hearty approval!

    We had Pound Cake with strawberries and fresh whipped cream for Memorial Day also. So yummy!!

    Oh, and I’m with you. I will never go back to the fake stuff again! (whipped cream, that is…)

  9. Angel @ | 77inspire | says:

    why do you make the most yummy food star!!!! my goodness… seriously… it looks perfect for a summer dessert.

  10. Jo-Anna says:

    This looks so delish! Anything with strawberries is a hit in our house!

  11. Madeleine Sophie says:

    oh! my! god! woooow, that just looks like heaven. i want it. now!
    die melange

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  13. Jo-Anna says:

    Yum! Even the name makes me drool!

  14. liz says:

    I’m never again coming here when I’m on a diet!

  15. Jean says:

    Since Strawberry Shortcake is just about my favorite dessert of all time, I will definitely try making the “Memorial Day Strawberry Cake!” Yours turned out beautifully, Star! 🙂

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