Strawberry Basil Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

Mangialicious Food


This cake has a few extra steps but the intense strawberry flavor is worth it. Plus the addition of basil, yum!


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8 - 12
45 Min
40 Min



  • 2 3/4 c
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 10 Tbsp
    cold butter, cubed
  • 5
    egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 c
    milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 c
    strawberry puree, see below
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    peanut oil (you can substitute oil of your choice)
  • ·
    red food coloring (optional)

  • 1 1/2 lb
    strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/8 c
    fresh basil, chopped

  • 1/2 c
    strawberry puree
  • 1 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • ·
    red food coloring, optional

How to Make Strawberry Basil Cake with Strawberry Buttercream


  1. For the Strawberry Puree
  2. Add fresh strawberries to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring often until reduced by half and thick. Take half a cup out and set aside. This will be used in the frosting. Add the basil to the remaining puree, stir and place in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  3. For the Cake
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans; set aside.

    Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to your mixing bowl if using a stand mixer or a big bowl if using a hand mixer and combine well. Then add the chilled butter slowly, mixing on medium-low speed until crumbs form. .

    Next, in a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites, milk, strawberry puree (from the refrigerator), vanilla and oil. With the mixer on low, and add half of the wet ingredients, turn mixer to medium speed and mix until thick, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add food coloring at this time if using. I used 3 drops for very light pink. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix on medium speed until well combined. Remember to scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl.

    Distribute the batter evenly between the two cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes until done. Let cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the Frosting
  6. Beat butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy, if using the stand mixer be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl. Add 1 cup powdered sugar into butter and mix until combined. Beat in the strawberry puree and vanilla, and then keep adding the remaining powdered sugar until desired consistency. I don’t like my frosting too thick so I added about 3 ¼ cups. For a more firm frosting add more. Add food coloring for desired color if you are using, I put 4 drops in.
  7. When cakes are cooled, place one layer of cake on a serving plate. Top with approximately 1 cup of buttercream. Repeat with remaining layer, adding the buttercream on top and pushing it down the sides. Using a cake spatula or a butter knife, go around the sides and smooth it. I am not artist when it comes to decorating cakes; I just try to make them look pretty! So you can get as fancy as you like here. No matter what it looks like when you are done though, its tastes amazing. So Mangialicious!

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About Strawberry Basil Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

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