It is summer! And that means it is the season for strawberries. If, like me, strawberries are one of your favourite fruits then it is probably the season for lots of strawberries. If you are also like me then you may go to your local pick your own and pick waaaay to many strawberries. So what to do with all these strawberries? Make cake of course. This is basically our annual summer tradition in our house and each year I come home and make a cake. So this summer strawberry cake with strawberry frosting recipe has been tried and tested. A lot. It is perfect with a cup of tea, as a dessert or as a secret midnight treat whilst no one else is watching.
Fresh or Frozen
For this recipe I have used fresh strawberries as I had so many at my disposal. There is no reason why you couldn’t use frozen but you may need to cook these off first to make a purée and for the frosting leave them to defrost fully before mashing.
I personally prefer using fresh fruit for cakes where possible as they fruit will be juicer rather than watery. Usually I love a good frozen fruit for baking. They are cheaper and really diverse to use, but when it comes to cake I’m fresh all the way. Especially if you want to freeze the cake for later use. I wouldn’t advise freezing the fruit twice.
Getting the Perfect Bake
Getting the perfect bake doesn’t have to be difficult or unattainable. There is nothing worse than a soggy under baked cake so make sure the cake is fully baked before removing it from the oven. The easiest way to check this is to stick a knife right through the middle and when you pull it back out it should come away with ease and completely clean. My other piece of advice is know your oven. This is beneficial in general and not just for baking. An oven thermometer will tell you if your oven runs higher or lower than than you set it. And they only cost a couple of pounds. You can find what I mean on my Baking Essentials post. By knowing your oven you will be able to tell the best place to place your cake in the oven to get an even bake without burning the top or sides before the middle is done. If you do over bake the cake and it is really dry I would recommend making a sugar syrup to put over the top.
This is simply sugar and water in a pan and bought to the boil. Once cooled slightly gently brush the syrup over the top of the cooling sponge. This will permeate and should help moisten the over baked cake.
Other Summer Recipes
If you like this cake recipe then check out my Super Easy No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream with just three ingredients.
Or my Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake. This can also be made using strawberries instead of raspberries if you prefer.