Vanilla Party Cake (with strawberries and cream filling)

Moist and fluffy vanilla cake with a fresh strawberry and whipped cream filling, surrounded with a vanilla buttercream.  This cake is perfect for any occasion.

Moist and fluffy vanilla cake with strawberries and cream filling, surrounded with vanilla buttercream.April is a big birthday month for my family as my oldest brother, my middle niece, and I, are all April babies. We usually celebrate together because our birthdays are fairly close, and it’s a reason to get together even with everyone’s busy schedules. I love my family gatherings, it’s great to see my parents, brothers, sister in-laws, nieces and nephews all under one roof. There are eight grandkids in our family, so it can get pretty loud, but I enjoy seeing the kids play together. I’m grateful to say I have a pretty tight family. My siblings and I are very different, however, we all get along, and my parents taught us to always be there for one another, no matter what. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you have that kind of love and support.

Moist and fluffy vanilla cake with strawberries and cream filling, surrounded with vanilla buttercream.I usually make the dessert for my family gatherings, and I’ve made various things over the years. Some were a great success, and some were failures, and that’s where Fortino’s grocery store comes in handy.

I received a request for a simple vanilla cake, so that was part of my reason for making a vanilla cake for this occasion. Strawberries are a favorite among my nieces, so I paired it with some whipped cream and a vanilla buttercream. I kept it simple, elegant, and most important, delicious. My family is pretty honest, especially my mom. If something doesn’t taste good, she will voice her opinion and let you know. So, I’m glad to say, the cake was a hit! I even called my mom the next day to get her opinion again, just to make sure it was perfect before I posted it. I needed to get the approval from my toughest critic.

IMG_5827This cake has a moist, spongy texture that’s rich, and full of vanilla flavor. The strawberry and cream filling tastes fresh and light, and the cake is finished with a smooth and creamy vanilla buttercream – lovely.

So make this cake for your next get together, it will surely impress any crowd.

Moist and fluffy vanilla cake with strawberries and cream filling, surrounded with vanilla buttercream.

Vanilla Party Cake (with strawberries and cream filling)

  • Servings: makes two 9 inch rounds
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Ingredients for cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk (I used whole milk)

2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for filling:

1 generous cup of diced strawberries

3/4 cup whipping cream

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for buttercream:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp cream or milk

4 cups icing sugar


1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9 inch round cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper, butter parchment. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.

2) Using an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes until combined.

3) Add eggs and beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

4) Add flour, baking powder, salt and mix until just combined.

5) Add milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.

6) Divide batter between the two prepared pans, smoothing tops with an offset spatula. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden and cake tester comes out clean.

7) Cool pans on wire rack for 15 minutes then remove cakes from pan to cool completely.

8) Meanwhile, beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form, set aside in refrigerator.

9) Beat butter until light and fluffy, add vanilla and 1 cup icing sugar, beat until combined. Add 1 tbsp of the cream or milk and another cup of icing sugar, mix again, continue with remaining cream or milk and icing sugar, beat until fluffy and smooth.

10) To assemble cake, trim cake domes if needed, spread half of whipping cream onto each cake, sprinkle diced strawberries onto one, top with other, cream side down, pressing slightly.

11) Spread a thin layer of buttercream all around the outside of the cake, creating a crumb coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

12) Spread another layer of buttercream on top of the cake, smooth with an offset spatula. Then transfer the remaining buttercream into a pastry bag with an large open star tip like a Wilton 1M. Pipe rosettes all around the sides of the cake. Fill in gaps by pipping a star in between. See link below for a tutorial on how to pipe rosettes by I am Baker.

13) Top with some sprinkles or leave as is.

Cake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cakes Cookbook

Buttercream and filling by Little Sweet Baker

I am Baker Rose Cake Tutorial

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  1. Just made this and it was a huge success! Everyone loved it! Thank you! Your pictures are beautiful too 😀

  2. We have similar tastes 😀 I do like fresh strawberries! and in cakes as well! Beautiful cake!

  3. Simple and just exquisite! Love, love it, Lily! We have similar tastes! 🙂

  4. Oh Lily this cake is stunning! And with strawberries had to be great…

  5. I could party with this cake all day long… so pretty… so delicious! I look forward to catching up on your blog! 🙂

  6. I love the idea of fresh strawberries in the middle of the cake! And sprinkles, well, who could say no to a slice of cake with sprinkles 🙂

    • The strawberry and cream filling is my favorite part and I agree, sprinkles makes everything better. Thanks for the comment and for visiting:)

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