Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Recently a friend asked if I had an easy, springy cake recipe on hand and I remembered this gem from 5 years ago. The pictures needed major revamping, but the recipe is still one of my faves so here’s  a little refresher!

You know I’m a fan of quick and simple desserts and this one is that and more. It’s so straightforward and also delicious. Bursting with fresh strawberries, I can’t think of a better recipe to celebrate them starting to be in season. This cake isn’t too sweet, which when paired with the whipped cream and juicy berries, gives a major strawberry shortcake vibe. It’s satisfying but light at the same time,  which makes eating several pieces throughout the day become much more of an option. In fact I totally support you eating this for breakfast and maybe all the other meals too. (Which I absolutely did.)

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Like so many of my favorite cake recipes, buttermilk makes the texture melt in your mouth good. The batter comes together in minutes and before baking, pieces of juicy seasonal strawberries are scattered across the top.  While the cake bakes I let some chopped up strawberries sit in a drizzle of honey, pulling all their juices out, creating a perfect topping for this lovely cake.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

If you’re looking for a fast but impressive recipe for a springtime fete, this may be the perfect one. Oh and you know what else? Fresh whipped cream looks like a treat, and even with no sugar it tastes amazing. It’s the perfect diversion tactic to keep 3 year old boys busy. :)


Strawberry Buttermilk Cake and a Giveaway!

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake and a Giveaway!

Yield: 1 - 8 inch cake


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

For the topping:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cup diced strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.
  4. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top with a spoon. Scatter berries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar.
  6. Bake until cake is golden and a cake tester/toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool until room temperature.

For the topping:

  1. While cake bakes, toss chopped strawberries with 1 teaspoon honey and let sit and get juicy for at least an hour.
  2. Using a cold bowl and cold beaters, whip the cream until stiff and stir in the remaining teaspoon of honey. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cake and top with the macerated berries.


Recipe adapted from Gourmet

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. Nicola Quinn says:

    Wow! That cake looks incredible! I love that it can be adapted for whatever berries are in season, too.

  2. I have been needing some strawberry recipes. I just planted six strawberry plants!

  3. This recipe is great for Strawberry season!

  4. This cake looks lovely!!! I really need to bake with strawberries more! Liked their fb too!

  5. I need a dessert for the weekend and this looks perfect! Thanks for posting. LOVE strawberries.

  6. OceanLady says:

    You just reminded me to get planting some strawberries… moving kind of threw off my usual schedule. Awesome giveaway too, I was just saying this morning that I need some new cake pans.

  7. amy beth marantino says:

    yum. i love strawberries.

  8. Fuity desserts in the summer are so great. Very healthy with the fresh fruits. Thanks!

  9. Can’t wait to try this cake!

  10. This cake looks fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway chance too!

  11. This cake looks like a great Springtime treat. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. This cake is the epitome of summer!!!!

  13. Anna @Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    I love easy berry cakes! This ones looks scrumptious!

  14. FB Liked their link. GREAT giveaway!

    And great looking recipe. I love baking with strawberries!

  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I loooooove the look of this cake!! So pretty.

  16. What a great recipe! And for a great cause! This will be perfect for a belated Mother’s Day dessert since I couldn’t spend Sunday with my mom. And she just happens to love strawberry shortcake!

  17. Somsanchez says:

    Looks yummy …I will be making this for sure!

  18. I just got a ton of fresh, amazing looking strawberries yesterday….now I know exactly what to do with them! FB Liked :)

  19. What a perfect and delicious way to use ALL of the strawberries in my fridge! Thank you so much!

  20. I can’t wait to try this! looks delicious!

  21. Kkpkayleigh says:

    Strawberries and cake are two of my favorite things in the world! this looks great :)

  22. I “whipped” cancer 19 years ago and thank God daily for each new day I get.

  23. Um, yummmm! I always love a good cake with berries! Something not too sweet, but just right. And to add a touch of whipping cream? Thank you. I’ll definitely be giving this a try. (:

  24. Sunshine4friday says:

    I can’t wait to try this cake. It looks delicious. I am going to make it for my husband this weekend.

  25. Rmdonato33 says:

    This cake looks so yummy – and easy to make!!!

  26. This sounds like the perfect summer treat! Not too sweet and the tartness of the strawberries add a refreshing effect. Definitely trying this.

  27. That cake looks delicious! My husband would love it. I would also love to win!

  28. Love your recipes! I’ve emailed you several times and you always email right back. I love trying new recipes and so far they’ve all turned out great. Today I’m making strawberry margarita cupcakes. Can’t wait!

  29. Carley Leavitt says:

    This looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it!!

  30. What a great giveaway for a wonderful cause, Audra! This cake looks absolutely fabulous and it’s so nice that you got to create it with your mama, too!

  31. This looks amazing and easy! This would be a great dessert to serve at an upcoming bbq. Thanks for the idea!

  32. Wow, that cake looks great for the summer!

  33. This looks delicious! I also liked “Help Whip Cancer” on FB

  34. Erin Masihdas says:

    That cake looks delish!!

  35. Jodi Kahanowitz says:

    I so want that cake!!

  36. What a great cause and the cake looks like something I want to try right away!

  37. definately a keeper! want to try both with strawberries and again with peaches!! Yummmmmmmm

  38. Bakermomma says:

    I enjoyed the last yummy bite this morning (for breakfast no less). It was fun baking with you!!!

  39. I love this!!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  40. Wednesday says:

    Love this idea as an alternative to strawberry shortcake!

  41. Recipe looks wonderful! What a great giveaway.

  42. I cannot wait to make this recipe! I just picked up buttermilk for pancakes this AM and will use the rest for this cake. Great giveaway and great cause!

  43. This looks yummy! and it sounds like a great giveaway!!!

  44. “Liked
    and shared it…does tha count as two entries?? :)


  45. I’m going to make this – it sounds YUMMY. I’ve got strawberries, need to get the buttermilk. thanks for featuring such a great cause too!

  46. Sierra J. says:

    This looks like the perfect dessert! I wish I had this recipe for mothers day and I would have requested it from my hubby :-D

    I have liked the Help Whip Cancer Facebook page. Such a great cause!

  47. Jessica F says:

    those strawberries look delicious!

  48. This looks amazing – what a pretty cake! Thank you for your efforts to raise money for a cure….

  49. Katie {Epicurean Mom} says:

    Sounds so light and delicious! I love strawberry cake, I mean REALLY love strawberry cake!!! :)

  50. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom, Linda. I agree- a cure for cancer needs to happen soon.

  51. I love simple and delicious recipes like this!! And i like that this is totally something the kids would enjoy helping create! Look forward to making this :D

  52. I’ve made a similar cake several times over the last few months. So easy! I usually swap out the vanilla extract for almond, though. And thank you for calling my attention to Pamper Chef’s Campaign. I know a lot of people who will jump on board!

  53. I liked on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway and the great recipe.

  54. Making this today for my Dad! Thank you so much for being such an entertaining blogger to follow!

  55. Aubreylaine says:

    Thanks for the chance! I liked on FB!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  56. Love this cake and love the idea of $1 for every new like!

  57. That looks so yummy and I liked the page on Facebook!

  58. Superdelicious and summery! I just LOVE strawberries, well most berries a matter of fact:-)

  59. This cake looks so good!!!

  60. yum, i can’t wait to try it!

  61. Pseudosheagirl says:

    Looks like a yummy recipe! :)

  62. great recipe and great cause! thanks for sharing!

  63. thanks good site
    hope i win!!

  64. Looks great must try the recipe and THANKS FOR SHARING!! <3

  65. Cketterling says:

    And it’s fresh strawberry season! Can’t wait to try it!

  66. Devongirl082 says:

    Beautiful cake for an occasion

  67. Love this! I have been looking for something different from the standard shortcake. Living in Florida and loving to bake, I have access to some very fresh strawberries, so i am always looking for new recipes.

  68. The cake looks awesome, can’t wait to try this for my next family gathering!

  69. Excellent cause and recipe, liked and shared…

  70. Lisa Nickerson says:

    This looks amazing!

  71. Tonya Parsons says:

    This recipe looks so yummy I can’t wait to try it!!!

  72. Sheena707 says:

    Yumm! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you :)

  73. What a great idea. The cake looks so delious. Can’t wait to try it out.

  74. Stephmanusina says:

    This cake looks AMAZING! We will be having this tonight ;-) Thanks for the recipe!

  75. i am printing this recipe as i write! sounds yummy!!

  76. Looking forward to making this cake. It looks wonderful!!

  77. I am making this cake tonight! Thank you!!!! I also liked your page and am very impressed!

  78. Michelle Pierce says:

    Great job, looks beautiful! :) Love it — *Michelle

  79. Sweetsuek89 says:

    I Love, Love, Love strawberries and cake! I will be making this for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, farmers market here I come. Thanks alot for sharing! {Suzette}

  80. Mandy Lynn says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipe! It looks so delicious. Strawberry cake is my fave!

  81. Alicemaynorclark says:

    Sounds like a recipe my grandmother used to make.

  82. Raquel1018 says:

    Mmm, i cant wait to make this and share it with my family and friends, thanks for the recipe

  83. Always need new cake recipes, definately will try it. Thank you :)

  84. Amanda Cavaseno says:

    That looks great! I’m going to make it this weekend :)

  85. Looks like a wonderful summer dessert!

  86. This cake looks delicious

  87. omg. that looks fabulous. I’m waiting for the strawberries in my backyard and then look out world! lol.

  88. Johnson Evelyn says:

    Looks and sounds delicious. I plan to get the ingredients and make it for a specialty dessert to be served this weekend. I love recipes with buttermilk and can hardly wait to try it. My mother-in-law used to churn butter in Maine 3-4 times a week and I was always on hand for fresh buttermilk. It adds a special delicious element to foods.

  89. Cheri L Clark says:

    Looking forward to trying this. Love strawberries!

  90. Lisa Holzwarth says:

    Sounds delish…..can’t wait to try it!

  91. This is my kind of cake recipe… I’ll have to try it with the cherries off my dad’s tree!

  92. Just came home from the store with strawberries! Perfect timing! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  93. Helen Harper says:

    I am anxious to try this recipe.

  94. Thesupermom01 says:

    Looks great keep up the good work

  95. This cake looks so delicious. I cannot wait to try it. :)

  96. O…M…G!! This cake is fantastic. I used fresh mango because they’re in season right now. This will definitely be a go-to recipe for me.

  97. I love your recipes! Especially your banana bread, which I think I have whipped up at least a dozen times in the past 6 months! This recipe sounds great, but j have a question. What exactly is buttermilk? Is it the same as yoghurt? Thanks!

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