Strawberry Cake

strawberrycake Strawberry Cake

A little while ago, Cris over at Conviviality, emailed me requesting help with a Strawberry Cake. I had never made a gluten free strawberry cake, so I didn’t have any wisdom to offer her at the time. Since that email, I have wanted to make a very happy pink strawberry cake! This cake is delicious and tastes exactly like what I remember pink strawberry cake to taste like. The boys loved the cake. Dan flapped his arms impatiently between bites! I hope I have an occasion to make this gluten free cake recipe again soon.


Note: You can easily substitute 3 cups of your gluten free flour mix for mine- just watch the liquid content.

1/2 cup almond meal

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

3/4 cup tapioca flour

1/4 cup sweet rice flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons strawberry Jello® mix

1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup pureed strawberries

3/4 cup milk (or until consistency of cake batter)


2 packages of cream cheese, softened

1 stick of butter, softened

3 cups or more of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

squeeze of lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8 inch cake pans. In a med. mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including the Jello® . In your stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the strawberry mixture. Slowly pour in milk a little at a time until the cake reaches cake batter consistency- about 3/4 cup. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake cakes for 30-40 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean. Remove the pans from the oven and allow them to cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Invert on to cooling rack. Cool cakes completely before icing.


In your stand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar until desired consistency. Squeeze in just a little squeeze of lemon juice.

or make Elana’s Pantry’s Dairy Free Coconut Cream Frosting

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34 Responses to “Strawberry Cake”

  1. Yum. This looks great. Thank you for experimenting and coming up with it. I’ve not tried my hand at GF cakes – you’re giving me a reason to change that!

  2. Oh Natalie! This looks divine!!! My grandmother always made me a homemade strawberry cake for my birthday growing up. It was my favorite. This looks even better!

  3. I am shocked you made this this week! Ben was asking me what cake I wanted for my birthday and I mentioned strawberry cake… you’ll have to send the recipe to Ben =P

  4. Oh, this looks lovely! There is a bakery here in the Twin Cities called Wuollet’s and everyone worships their strawberry souffle cake. I’ve never gotten to try it, and have always been a bit jealous, just because it’s such a unique flavor. Now I’ll have my own- and surely better than Wuollet’s!

  5. This cake is absolutely stunning! The soft pink cake with the creamy icing gives chocolate cakes a run for their money. Nice work.

  6. Ok, you can’t imagine how excite I am for this recipe! We have a restaurant here called NoNos that has the most AMAZING strawberry cake and I about cry every time I go by knowing that I can never have it again. Can’t wait to try it!!!

  7. Of course, i’m going to have to head out to the strawberry stand tomorrow and make this. Lucas will be thrilled to have another strawberry cake in the house and I’m excited that your recipe only has 2 Tbsp of jello mix instead of the whole box. I’m so grateful you experimented.

  8. ok. i reread your post and get the hints now. hilarious.

  9. That looks fabulous! My mouth is watering for a piece right now

  10. I made the cake tonight…actually cupcakes and an 8 inch round because i was too lazy to do more cupcakes. They all fell :( Any hints? The cake is still absolutely scrumptious but not as fluff-i-licious as your pic up there looks.

    I don’t think i added enough milk. would that impact the rise and fall of my strawberry cake?

  11. Cris- That stinks! I did not run into that problem. It is probably the liquid ratio. Hmmm….. not sure.

  12. ah well, we are devouring it nonetheless. i honestly can’t stop eating the stuff. clearly a winner. i’m bookmarking this for Lucas’s 4th birthday.

  13. Nice cake! I made a strawberry cake (gf and dairy free) in April, shaped like a teddy bear for my five year old. She just had to have strawberry cake (she had never tried one, but likes strawberries and pink and must have thought it sounded good!).

    Your cake turned out beautifully! I will have to try it for my little girly-girls for a princess tea party…

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. You’re a life-saver, once again Natalie! This will work perfectly for a birthday cake I have coming up next week — thank you!

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  16. I am wondering if you have any suggestions for me in regards to omitting the “jello” we avoid artificial colors and flavors… I am very excited to try this recipie… i just need a little direction…

  17. My Husband will be so happy. He asked me for this just the other day and I have been dragging my feet. Thank You!

    Live Laugh and Enjoy!

  18. I also made these into cupcakes today and they tasted delicious. However, every one of them did fall just like the previous poster mentioned and I also didn’t add nearly as much milk as called for because I thought the consistency looked good. Maybe that should be more of a hard and fast rule about the 3/4 cup? I just thought that it looked like cake batter after 1/4 cup and went for it but that didn’t seem to work so well. Well, I am new at this GF baking, so maybe next time I will know to follow the recipe more exactly – LOL. Thanks for the recipe and everyone who tasted them said they were still good despite having fallen.

  19. Do you think this would work for cupcakes? Ballerina birthday party coming up…

  20. Delicious! I turned this cake into a bunny for Easter. The flavor was a big hit with both the kids and adults.

  21. I bookmarked this cake about a year ago right after 2 of my kids went gluten free. Now my youngest is 4 and though she isn’t gluten free she requested a gluten free strawberry cake and I knew just which cake I needed to try! We made 2 minor changes. I eliminated the jello (we can’t get it here) and the cake was really wonderful, but not quite as pink as your picture! I also added some strawberry puree to the icing itself and it was SO wonderful!
    Thanks for an amazing recipe that even all our “gluten” friends loved!!

  22. Would love to know if you can sub rice or soy milk for dairy in this!

  23. I am going to make this for my sister’s wedding in August and am wondering what the best flour substitute for the almond meal is. My sister is nut, dairy and gluten intollerant. I also was wondering which milk substitute is best? Hemp milk or rice milk? Thanks, I need this before this weekend, I am making a practice run for her shower on Monday the 2nd. Thanks.

  24. This is seriously wonderful. I’ve sprained my foot so my kids aged 12 and 14 baked this last night. It’s so moist, so strawberry-y, so yummy.

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  26. Before gluten fand dairy free, I had an almost exact replica of thiscake recipe using regular flour. I was hoping this would be as awesome as the one I used to make. Boy, was I thrilled! I made it this weekend for my daugher in law’s birthday and it was fabulous! I was worried about the “falling comments” but I had no problem. Even though the batter looked OK with less milk, I used it all . That may have been the problem of falling for those that used less. I used coconut milk and vegan butter. And, I made a chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries to decorate instead of the frosting. Chocalte and strawberries…Yumalicious!

  27. WOW This looks amazing!

    I am still new to GF living & am starting easy but would LOVE to try this.
    Is there a simpler recipe/Sub If I were to replace the flours with Bobs Red Mill all purpose GF baking flour?
    Thank you so much!

    *My kids miss cake, because of my Gluten allergy*

  28. I think I have a new favorite blog. Yum! I love strawberry cake and haven’t had it in so many years. Thank you!

  29. This was divine…I can’t get it out of my mind (as it’s gone)!!

  30. my little sister wanted strawberry cake for her birthday . my mom was looking for a resipe like this thanks :)

  31. this cake was sinful! i made cupcakes… 30 of them from this recipe. i have plenty to freeze for later… and we ate way too many already.

    i made a mess in my kitchen baking today… it was FUN!

    a suggestion for anyone using this recipe for cupcakes… maybe start out by making half the recipe for the icing. i had tons left over.

    thanks for such a wonderful recipe. i will keep it and use it often… or until i run out of that $11 bag of almond meal. ouch! but it was well worth it.

  32. I just made a vegan version of this. It turned out lovely. It set perfectly, in fact it was very dense. The strawberry shined through beautifully and I feel justified in eating it for breakfast or dinner. Thank you!

  33. Hi gf cake lovers. One reason your cakes/cups might have fallen is it may not have been cooked long enough. However, one benefit of a slightly under-done cake is it’s moisture. Yummy
    Try leaving it in the oven until your skewer or knife is dry and clean. Or, just slice off the top that has fallen to level, divide in two, frost and enjoy.

  34. LOVE this recipe.
    Thank you for all of your amazing gluten-free ideas!
    I found out about my deadly nut allergy after anaphylaxis at the age of 10, and discovered my gluten intolerance another ten years later. Because of blogs and books like this, eating things like cake has not only been do-able, but completely enjoyable!
    I started my own blog and wrote my own cook book.
    I have been on a cake binge, myself. :)

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