This is The Best Strawberry Almond Cake recipe with a moist almond layer cake with strawberry buttercream, sliced almonds and fresh strawberries!
Topped with our creamy strawberry frosting, this dessert is a showstopper! Give our reader favorite, strawberry eclair cake a try next. Easy and delicious!
Why this Recipe Works
I know when most people think of Easter and Spring they think of carrot cake. Or maybe even German Chocolate Cake.
But what about strawberries? Soon here in the midwest our gardens will be overflowing with this juicy, flavorful fruit.
Unfortunately though, I’ve always struggled adding fresh berries to frosting. It makes the frosting really soft and watery.
Today, I’ve got the answer to delicious strawberry frosting that doesn’t lose it’s texture…
Freeze Dried Strawberries. You can pop them in a food processor or ziploc bag to make crumbs. And, the only ingredient in them is STRAWBERRIES. No extra junk, and all the flavor you crave.
Know what goes great with strawberries? Almonds.
Put the strawberries and almonds together to create this delicious Strawberry Almond Layer cake!
How to make a Strawberry Almond Layer Cake
Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper circles (or use my homemade cake release).
PRO TIP: Use bake even strips to keep cakes level with no waste! Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 defrees F.
For the cake. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites with 1/4 cup of the buttermilk. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine cake flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat softened butter with granulated sugar for several minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in almond extract.
Add the dry ingredients slowly, until combined. Slowly add in the egg mixture, beating until well blended. Finally, beat in the remaining buttermilk.
Pour batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-28 minutes, until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool in pans 5 minutes. Then invert onto a parchment paper lined wire rack (the parchment keeps the cake from sticking). Cool completely.
For the frosting, beat room temperature butter with powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract. Beat for about 4 minutes until fluffy.
Remove one cup of the white frosting and set aside.
To the remaining frosting, add in the crushed freeze dried strawberries until blended.
To assemble the cake, lay one cake layer on cake plate. Spread WHITE frosting over the top of this layer. Add the fresh, diced strawberries and 1/4 cup of the sliced almonds.
Top with second layer of cake. Using an offset spatula, spread the remaining strawberry frosting over the sides and top. Feel free to use a piping tip to add swirls, if desired.
Once all the frosting has been applied, use your hands to press the remaining sliced almonds onto the side of the cake. To give it a beautiful finish, I only added almonds to the bottom third.
If desired, add one fresh strawberry on top!
Keep cake covered until ready to sever. Can be refrigerated. ENJOY.
Can this Strawberry Almond Cake be made ahead of time?
Typically when I make cake, I bake the layers one day, then the next day I whip up the frosting and assemble.
Sometimes I even assemble the day before.
Today’s strawberry layer cake can be made the day before. The only caveat is you may have some of the fresh strawberry “juices” leak into your white frosting and cake. If that doesn’t bother you, then go ahead and make this a day in advance.
Can this Cake be frozen?
Yes! Sometimes you can’t help but have leftover cake after a holiday or party.
If that’s the case, I slice the cake into large chunks, wrap them in plastic wrap, then slide them into a freezer safe ziploc container. These cake slices are best within one month.
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Made this cake for my wife for her birthday and it was a big hit! Held together well for several days after also. Thanks!
I love strawberries but vry sad to say i don’t get it where i live, somehow i will get it from another city and i will try the Cake. Love all the way from India ??.
This cake is right up my alley! LOVE the strawberry frosting!
WOW!! This cake is absolutely ahhmaaazing!! I would LOVE a slice!
Going to make this for Mother’s Day! A stunning cake and so delicious.
Love this! It’s fresh and moist, and my family loves it.