French Strawberry Cake


Reminiscent of a ladyfinger cake, this is a deliciously light French strawberry cake that is not all that sweet and is best made with fresh, ripe strawberries. Decorate with additional strawberries.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
1 8-inch round cake


  • cooking spray

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar, divided

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 (16 ounce) package fresh strawberries, stemmed and halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

  2. Whip together 1 cup sugar and butter using an electric mixer in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.

  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until just combined after each addition. Fold in strawberries.

  4. Spread batter into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar evenly over the top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
13g Fat
42g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 27mg 134%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 121mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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