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21 Sweet and Tangy Strawberry Cake Recipes

From simple strawberry shortcake riffs to a showstopping ice cream cake, these vibrant cake recipes are the perfect ending to any warm-weather meal.

<p>Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely</p>

Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Strawberries don't need much to shine. A little sugar and lemon juice make them an ideal juicy topping for classic Strawberry Shortcakes or a simple olive oil cake. We also love them added to the batter for elegant desserts like a Strawberry-Honey Cake and Strawberry Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake. Try these recipes for a beautiful finale to any spring or summer meal.

Strawberry Shortcake for a Crowd

Jen Causey
Jen Causey

Strawberry shortcake is proof that the simplest things can often be the most delicious. For this mega-sized version, a buttery biscuit-like cake is sliced in half and layered with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.

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Strawberry Cake with Maple Ginger Cream

Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Melissa Gray / Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Melissa Gray / Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas

This no-bake icebox cake riffs on the flavors of a classic strawberry shortcake with buttery shortbread cookies, maple-macerated strawberries, and a ginger-spiced whipped cream.

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Almond and Strawberry Tart

Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

This eye-catching tart is filled with a buttery almond mixture before baking and piled with fresh strawberries. The tanginess of the strawberries is a perfect complement to the rich crust and filling.

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Strawberry-Raspberry Cake

Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Thom Driver
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Thom Driver

The batter for this simple and delicate cake comes together in one bowl. Studding it with fresh strawberries and raspberries before baking makes for a beautiful presentation.

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Strawberry Tiramisu

Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Melissa Gray / Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Melissa Gray / Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas

This fresh take on the classic Italian coffee dessert is layered with ladyfingers, juicy strawberries, and mascarpone cream. Orange liqueur and a touch of balsamic vinegar deepen the flavors of the berries without overpowering them.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cornmeal Skillet Cake

Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

The batter for this pound-cake-like dessert from Jocelyn Delk-Adams is topped with juicy strawberries and sweet-tart rhubarb. A rosemary-infused whipped cream adds a savory edge.

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Strawberry Saffron Shortcake

<p>Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely</p>

Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

This simple vanilla shortcake from chef Hetel Vasavada is brushed with an aromatic lemon-saffron syrup, then topped with a saffron-mascarpone whipped cream. Ripe strawberries and their juices contrast beautifully with the warm spices.

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Double-Decker Meringue Cake with Summer Berries

Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

For this simple but stunning dessert, a vanilla-strawberry cake and crisp meringue bake together in the oven. They're topped with a tangy cream mixture and a trio of juicy berries tossed in lemon juice and tart sumac powder.

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Angel Food Cake with Three-Berry Compote

<p>Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Kelsey Moylan / Prop Styling by Josh Hoggle</p>

Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Kelsey Moylan / Prop Styling by Josh Hoggle

This airy cake is a beautiful base for in-season berries that are cooked down to a jammy consistency. It's heavenly with fresh whipped cream.

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Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

<p>Julia Hartbeck</p>

Julia Hartbeck

Ripe strawberries are the perfect topping for this aromatic version of the classic Mexican cake from chef Soledad Correa. The cinnamon-spiced sponge cake is soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream.

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Strawberry Almond Cheesecake with Matzo Crust

Abby Hocking
Abby Hocking

Matzo meal and ground almonds are transformed into a salty-sweet crust, which is filled with a silky cream cheese and sour cream filling. The topping consists of simply macerated strawberries and toasted almonds.

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Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

These delightful cupcakes include freeze-dried strawberries, processed with a touch of sugar, in the batter and tangy cream cheese frosting.

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Strawberry Shortcakes with Meyer Lemon Cream

<p>© James Baigrie</p>

© James Baigrie

For this lovely, summery treat, a tender biscuit is filled with lemon curd-infused whipped cream and simply macerated strawberries.

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Chocolate Lava Cakes with Strawberries

John Kernick
John Kernick

Strawberries aren't often found with chocolate, but they make a lovely pairing with this molten, chocolatey cake. Chef Chris Yeo serves each individual cake with a scoop of strawberry ice cream and ripe strawberries.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Gelato Cake

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

A stunning riff on the classic flavor combination, this ice cream cake includes layers of strawberry sorbet and strawberry gelato frosted with sour cream gelato. You can make your own ice cream or use an assortment of store-bought flavors — it's a showstopper either way.

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Ricotta-Orange Pound Cake with Prosecco Strawberries

© Con Poulos
© Con Poulos

Strawberries tossed with Prosecco and a little sugar are a gorgeous accompaniment to this moist, not-too-sweet pound cake from Giada De Laurentiis.

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Farmer’s Cheesecake with Strawberries

Christina Holmes
Christina Holmes

This elegant, no-bake cheesecake from chef Nicolaus Balla is topped with juicy strawberries and a slightly savory caraway honey. While Balla ferments his own cheese, a combination of ricotta and cream cheese is a wonderful substitute.

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Strawberry-Honey Cake with Sour Whipped Cream

© Eva Kolenko
© Eva Kolenko

This inventive Bundt cake is a lighter take on sticky toffee pudding from chef Eli Dahlin. A sweet honey syrup soaks into the sponge, which is flavored with chopped strawberries and tangy sour cream.

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Strawberry Shortcake with Star Anise Sauce

© Anna Williams
© Anna Williams

Chef Sherry Yard improves upon the beloved dessert by using high-quality white chocolate in the batter and enriching the whipped cream with crème fraîche. It's topped with fresh strawberries and served with a flavorful strawberry-star anise sauce.

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Cornmeal-Almond Cake with Strawberries and Mascarpone

© Paul Costello
© Paul Costello

This buttery, nutty cornmeal cake from chef Mike Lata is topped with mascarpone whipped cream and ripe strawberries.

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Olive Oil Cake with Honey-Yogurt Cream and Strawberries

Eric Wolfinger
Eric Wolfinger

This dense and moist cake includes olive oil and almond flour in the batter. It's the perfect base for a tangy yogurt whipped cream and lots of juicy strawberries.

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