Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This Strawberry Cake is a soft and moist strawberry cake with real strawberries inside. It’s topped off with a rich and delicious cream cheese frosting!

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingMy hubby and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on July 1st. Since it landed on a Monday, we celebrated on Sunday, and because it was the only day we could get a babysitter. Before our date, I whipped us up this amazing Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!

I admit, it does start off with a box cake mix. Some of you may gasp, but if you’re like me, you are proud of those box cake mixes because they make pretty darn good cakes. I doctored mine up a bit, by adding sour cream (which makes it super moist) and freshly chopped strawberries.

Cream cheese frosting is what I topped it off with and the results were the most delicious strawberry cake I have ever had in my life. Kale said the same. We all loved it. This one is a keeper, for sure. 😀 

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Holly


  • 1 15.25 ounce box Strawberry Cake mix ( I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh chopped strawberries

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and sour cream. Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed until combined, and then on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Dump in the cup of strawberries and mix by hand, until just combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  • For frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until combined and creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until combined. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until frosting is smooth and free of any lumps. Frost cake and serve! ♥


Store cake covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days, if you have any leftovers.



I love the pink color of the batter. Especially, once the strawberries are mixed in.

(I forgot to take pictures of the batter in the pan) 

Strawberry Cake

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29 thoughts on “Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Holly – you sure have a knack for making everything! look tempting. I do believe I have a strawberry cake mix in the pantry..and berries in the fridge….will try this out soon. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful anniversary celebration. Congrats to you both! XO

  2. My husband just recently finished another difficult semester of school (while both of us work full time and are raising our 1 year old son)… and I’m not much of a baker, actually I’m not a baker. Haha. I hate directions and with baking that’s what you have to follow.

    ANYWAY, I love this recipe. I think I may have added too much powdered sugar (again didn’t measure as well) — so the frosting was too sweet…but the cake was so moist. My husband and I loved it. Will make it again in the future. Thanks!

  3. This cake just came out of my oven and looks and smells wonderful!! And of course, you can’t go wrong with cream cheese frosting! Great combo of easy but still better than just straight out of a box!

  4. I baked this for friends who were visiting last week. They loved it! I had some left over so I took it in to work on Monday. The only complaint that I heard was that I hadn’t cut the pieces big enough! I’ll definitely bake this again. Where I live, you can’t buy strawberry cake mix so I used cherry chip instead and it was delicious!

  5. Made this cake tonight, delicious delicious delicious !!! Thank you so much for such a simple yet elegant recipe !

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