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

Vanilla Party Cake (with strawberries and cream filling)

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12-16


Moist and fluffy vanilla cake with a fresh strawberry and whipped cream filling, surrounded with a vanilla buttercream.


  • 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk (I used whole milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for filling:

  • 1 generous cup of diced strawberries
  • 3/4 cup (188ml) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp (25g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for buttercream:

  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) cream or milk
  • 4 cups (500g) powdered 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.
  13. Top with some sprinkles or leave as is.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vanilla cake recipe, vanilla layer cake, vanilla strawberry cake, vanilla buttercream recipe