Fresh Strawberry Layer Cake


This is a light, fluffy, layer cake with a definite strawberry flavor. Decorate with fresh strawberry slices.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 9-inch layer cake


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup lard

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup pureed fresh strawberries, or more to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) container vanilla buttercream frosting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

  3. Combine milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract in another bowl.

  4. Beat sugar and lard together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and beat to combine. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk mixture and strawberry puree, making 3 dry and 2 wet additions. Beat for 1 minute. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

  5. Drop cake pans 2 to 3 times on the countertop to break any air bubbles.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the cakes comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto the rack to cool completely, 15 to 30 minutes more.

  7. Ice cooled cake using vanilla frosting between the layers and on the top and sides.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute shortening for lard, if desired.

You can use any kind of vanilla buttercream frosting that you'd like, including homemade.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
16g Fat
72g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 50g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* 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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