Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

I love summers in the east bay. It's warm, sunny, and breezy. On gorgeous days like these, I find it very difficult to stay in my cubicle for 8 hours at work and often find myself day dreaming of summer activities - and summer food. 

Patrick brought home some strawberries from work and I had some buttermilk to use up, so I decided to bake a cake. 

strawberry buttermilk cake

It turned out absolutely delicious - the right balance of sweet and fluffy on the inside and nicely crisp on the outside. I was a little concerned the strawberries would've been tart but it was ripe and jammy.  

Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


  • 2 basket of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (use 1 tbsp for buttering pie plate)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Butter a 9 inch pie pan. 
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside. 
  4. Mix together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy then mix in the egg, buttermilk, & vanilla until incorporated.
  5. Take the medium bowl of flour mix and throw into the butter batter and continue to mix until it's all evenly combined - but don't over mix it.
  6. Scoop the batter into the buttered pie pan and spread evenly. 
  7. Place strawberries on top of the batter, cut side down, and lightly press them into the batter, submerging it a bit. You may not be able to use all the strawberries but use as many as you can fit (see photo below). 
  8. Sprinkle the top with 1 tbsp sugar.
  9. Bake for 55 mins to 1 hour, until the cake is lightly golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let it cool and serve warm or room temperature with a side glass of milk or ice cream :)
unbaked  strawberry buttermilk cake

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