Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberries can be plentiful and affordable this time of year, especially if you have your own little patch going crazy in the backyard! I absolutely love adding strawberries into smoothies or just eating them plain (or dipped in chocolate!) but sometimes it’s fun to make something a little more special.

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

A few months ago I came across this delicious but simple looking recipe in one of my very old cookbooks that I collect and I knew I had to try it and give ti my own little modern twist. Strawberries make a perfect addition to this cake roll but if you don’t have them on hand you can use other types of fruit or berries such as blueberries, raspberries, ect.

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Formerly known as Hard Times Cake in Buckeye Cookery, 1887

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour (gluten free flour should work too!)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

In a bowl, whip the eggs and sugar together. Add in the butter and sour cream. Then add in the flour and baking soda. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated well.

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Pour into 2 greased cake pans (can be round or square or any shape but make sure they are the same shape).

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cakes cool undisturbed. Do not remove them from the pans until they are cool.

Next, make the filling!

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberries and Cream Frosting and Filling

What You Need:

  • 1 cup Kalona SuperNatural Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup pureed Strawberries or Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

In a large bowl, whip the Kalona SuperNatural Heavy Cream with the vanilla and sugar until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the pureed strawberries or jam until incorporated.

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

Carefully remove one cake from the pan and place on some kind of plate or cake dish. Spread the top with the strawberry filling. Remove the other cake from the pan and top with remaining frosting. Enjoy right away or refrigerate the cake for later.

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

This cake looks like it was hard to make but you can actually whip it up fairly quickly and it’s delicious! If you are looking for something a little fancier to take to a summer picnic you will want to try this recipe!

Homemade Strawberry Cake Recipe

This article is sponsored by Kalona SuperNatural. Kalona is a grassroots company based in Iowa that is largely comprised of Amish and Mennonite farmers. The dairy is from pasture-raised cattle and has no hormones or antibiotics. Use the Kalona Product Store Locator to find where their products are sold near you.


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  1. This cake sounds wonderful! Just now our berry patch is producing like crazy. I am looking for new ideas,since I’ve made all the pie filling,jam and such that I need. I also collect old cookbooks..my favorite is a 1933 Ohio State Grange cookbook. It was given to me by my Great Aunt when I got married. It is literally falling apart! I also enjoy the Farmwife(later Farm Journal) cookbooks. They use real ingredients that most people have. I bought my daughter an old one of those on ebay a couple years ago.

  2. This does look delicious! Old cookbooks are just wonderful. I love to think about the cooks who owned them, who they were likely cooking for, how much effort it took (chopping wood for stove and producing the ingredients themselves,) what kind of aprons they wore, how the table may have looked, and on and on. I love seeing all the stains in the old books–vanilla, eggs, tears? I have my grandmothers’ old cookbooks, as well as my mother’s. When I make the old recipes, I feel so close to these loving, hard-working women, now long-gone, and remember not only how much I loved them and their cooking–but how much they loved ME 🙂

    It’s interesting that this was called “Hard Times Cake.” My estimation of today’s prices for organic store-brand ingredients from my Texas store totals at least $10 before taxes. Hardly a thrifty dessert when you could barely put food on the table. I’m sure it helped if you produced your own creams, eggs, and butter. Thanks for a sharing your old recipe with us.

    1. Yes, I wondered the same thing but then thought it was most likely called that because it had few store bought ingredients back in the day 🙂

  3. This so yummy! Thank you for sharing. I made the peach cobbler in the crock pot last week and it was delis and im not a cobbler fan but i will make it again…!!!!! Thank you again and again

  4. This cake looks delicious. And, it’s so easy. I don’t do a lot of baking but I think I’m gonna have to try this. My rasberry bushes are getting ready to go crazy over here! I picked my first 2 raspberries yesterday. So, I’ll use those in place of strawberries. YUM! I was thrilled to find out that several stores close to me sell the heavy cream. It’s neat that you collect cookbooks. I do too. I have wayyy too many though. Someday I need to make myself downsize my collection. It’s hard though, because I love them all. 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I collect old cookbooks too. I love the small town family cookbooks, I have quite a few from South Dakota.

  6. Can I use any heavy cream or does it have to be brand specific? I love strawberries & baking so I’m def going to make this cake. 😀

  7. I followed this recipe from the Mama Buzz link party, and it looks delicious. I love strawberries and this looks wonderful!

  8. What a decadent looking cake. Thanks for linking up at Tips and Tricks link party. I have a bucket full of fresh strawberries, and now I know what to do with them. Pinned.

  9. Mmm I want this. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Paula’s No Rules Weekend Blog Party!

  10. I never get tired of strawberry cake. This looks like a grand treat. That cream frosting looks so wonderful! 🙂

    Passing by from Foodie Friday.


  11. I love this recipe strawberry cake (my mom loves strawberries) and will be making it for Fourth of July. I would love if you would share a post on my meet up Monday Blog Party. I am doing a Fourth of July cupcake tutorial on Tuesday and I know your post will be an awesome addition! Here is where you can add your post on Monday!

  12. I always make my own cakes from scratch, but I have never tried strawberry. Pinning this to try for later. Thanks for partying with us this week at Let’s Get Real.

  13. Mmmm, that cake looks so delicious. I love cooking with strawberries, and a strawberry cake is so perfect for this time of year. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  14. Love this fresh cake!! Just pinned and will be sharing on FB!!

    Hugs from Freedom Fridays

  15. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen