Pound Cake with Strawberries

Strawberry Pound Cake is a riff on my favorite (and award winning) Vanilla Pound Cake and Lemon Strawberry Cupcakes.

overhead view of a strawberry loaf cake


 

The cake itself is a little lighter than most pound cakes, but with buttery flavor and in this case, pockets of caramelized strawberry goodness. Like little flavor bombs in a loaf cake; strawberry shortcake meets pound cake.

And in this case topped with muddled fresh strawberries for a glaze that is out of this world and adds just enough sweet for balance.

slices of strawberry pound cake on a cooling rack

This Recipe for Strawberry Pound Cake is buttery and delicious!

Pound cakes, as a rule, are a little heavy. If you want a light, moist crumb, this isn’t your go-to cake. But when you need a comforting buttery dessert, they hit the spot. 

side view of a sliced strawberry pound cake

They got their name because the original ingredient list was simple. One pound of butter, one pound of sugar and one pound of flour with a few eggs. Hence, pound cake.

But with no leaveners or other flavors, this also meant they were heavy and needed to be accompanied by sauce or fresh fruit. Since, many variations of pound cake have emerged. My strawberry cake recipe being one of them.

A close up of load pound cake with strawberry glaze

What you’ll need for Strawberry Pound Cake

The ingredients for strawberry cake are pretty straightforward and simple… but with fresh strawberries!

  • Unsalted Butter– Salt dries things out and brands can vary on salt content. Always bake with unsalted and then add salt as needed. Also, don’t skimp with cheap butter- it is the base for the is cake. Use a good grade A butter. 
  • Sugar- This is a rich cake, but not an overwhelming sweet cake. While it seems like a lot of sugar, this is also a LARGE cake and needs to balance out unsweetened cocoa. 
  • Eggs- Creates structure and stability in the finished product. 
  • Vanilla extract use a good quality vanilla extract, not the imitation stuff. 
  • All-Purpose Flour– Proteins that make up gluten and thus, structure and stability. 
  • Baking Powder- Leavener to add fluff and neutralize acids.
  • Salt– Salt is essential in baking to bring out natural flavors and provide acidity. 
  • Milk– helps to keep things moist. Try to use a 2% or even full fat milk for the most impact.
  • Strawberries– Fresh strawberries are best because they will melt and caramelizing during the baking process.
    Frozen strawberries tend to be a little more watery to start with. If you do use frozen, make sure they are thawed and as dry as possible. Add another 2 tablespoons of flour to the mix to counteract the water content.
strawberry pound cake ingredients and batter

Tips for using Strawberries in Pound Cake

Adding strawberries to this classic recipe also adds moisture. One of the things to keep in mind is that you want your strawberries to be as dry as possible.

After washing the strawberries, dry them thoroughly with a paper towel or even let them sit, uncovered in the fridge to dry. You’ll need about 20ish strawberries, depending on size.

Baking Pans

This is discussed below, but it is so important that it needs to be discussed twice. USE THE PAN SUGGESTED FOR THE RECIPE.

strawberry pound cake slices on a cooling rack

This recipe calls for 2 standard loaf pans and while the batter will fit into a bundt pan or tube pan, it throws off the baking times. You can give it a whirl, but chances are that it will burn the strawberries along the edges a little. The cake will need more time to bake than the actual strawberries due to the size.

How to make this Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven and grease and lightly flour two 9×5-inch loaf pans.
  2. In medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, approximately 3-4 minutes. This incorporates air into the mixture and will help with a tender crumb. Add the vanilla and eggs, beating on high speed for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with milk on low speed, beating just until smooth after each addition. Fold in chopped strawberries by hand. Do not overmix, this can result in a tough or dry cake.
  5. Evenly divide the cake batter between both prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes; remove from pan(s) to wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  7. When the cakes are cooled, make the glaze by muddling the chopped strawberries.
  8. Combine the strawberries with the powdered sugar and mix. Add the milk sparingly until it is a pourable consistency.
  9. Place the cakes on a cooling rack with aluminum foil or parchment underneath to catch the drips. Spoon glaze over cakes and let excess drip below. Let glaze set and then transfer to serving tray.
  10. For the cleanest cuts, use a serrated knife.

Pound Cake Glaze

The simple cake glaze is just a mixture of 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) with muddled strawberries and a touch of milk. Since the strawberries already have a lot of juice, you might not need much more liquid. This is where the intense strawberry flavor comes from.

A close up of strawberry loaf pound cake

Add sparingly. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually made the right amount of glaze. I almost always add too much liquid and then need to add more powdered sugar. Ha!

Mix together right before you are ready to ice, which should be after the cake is fully cooled. Then drizzle on top and allow to set or serve immediately.

strawberry pound cake slices on white plates with fresh strawberries

I like to do this over a wire rack so the extra glaze drips off instead of pooling around the bottom of the cake. After it sets, transfer it to the serving dish.

Muddling Strawberries

You’ll need to muddle strawberries for the glaze. You can use an actual muddler if you have one lying around from making all those mojitos (you know who you are) or…

Use a pestle and mortar, mashed potato press or the back of a spoon in a plate.

fresh strawberries in a glass bowl

You do need to mash them somehow so they release juice, which will be the liquid to make powdered sugar into glaze.

If you want to skip this step, just use powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of milk or simply dust with powdered sugar alone. Cream cheese frosting and whipped cream are other good options.

Tips for the BEST Strawberry Pound Cake with Glaze

I’m not assuming you don’t know how to bake, but just skim these over as a refresher. This is a condensed version, check out my whole list for more details. 

  • Measure wet and dry ingredients properly
  • Use high quality sugar with a large grain
  • Use grade A butter with little water and liquid fat
  • Make sure all ingredients are room temperature
  • Avoid over mixing
  • Use the size cake pan stated in the recipe (loaf pan)
  • Grease your pans with vegetable shortening
  • Make sure you have the right oven temperature
  • Tip it out of the mold while warm (but not hot)
  • Allow to cool fully before adding sauce or icing

Serving Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze

To serve, cut with a serrated knife. Top with homemade whipped cream or serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream or strawberry ice cream.

Pound Cake With Strawberries storage

Like most baked items, good pound cake is best enjoyed within a day of baking. The good news is that the strawberry glaze helps to keep it moist. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap.

It can be frozen, but freeze just the cake and add the icing after it thaws.

How do you keep a pound cake moist?

Like many baked goods, they are best enjoyed within a day or two of baking while still moist. From then, air starts to naturally dry the crumb. To keep cakes moist, wrap well in plastic wrap or aluminum foil or keep in an airtight container in a dry, cool place. They can be kept in the refrigerator, but the colder air will likely dry out the crumb even faster.

strawberry pound cake for pinterest

Strawberry Pound Cake FAQs

What makes a pound cake too dry?

Cakes can become too dry when the flour isn’t measured properly and there is too much. This can happen when you scoop the measuring cup into the flour versus lightly spooning it on and leveling.
Dry cake can also be a result of over mixing. Too much air is incorporated into the batter, making it dry out.
Lastly, over cooking. Many cakes are done a few minutes before they start browning, so keep a watchful eye.

What makes a pound cake gummy?

A gummy pound cake be the result of undercooking. Make sure it passes the toothpick test!

Is a pound cake the same as a Bundt cake?

Many times the cake batter is exactly the same and many bundt cakes are pound cakes. It just depends on the shape of the pan it is being cooked in. A bundt pan is a circle with hollow center.

How do you moisten a pound cake?

Pound cake can be kept moist by using a glaze or simple syrup baste, which this one already has. You can also microwave it on 50% power for 10 seconds to reactivate the gluten, making it soften a bit.

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close up of strawberry pound cake for pinterest
A close up of strawberry loaf pound cake

Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze

4.58 from 90 votes
Deliciously moist and buttery, this is my award winning vanilla pound cake laced with fresh strawberries and topped with a fresh strawberry glaze. Makes 2 loaves!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

Strawberry Cake:

Strawberry Glaze:

Instructions

Cake:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour two 9×5-inch loaf pans.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs, beating on high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with milk on low speed, beating just until smooth after each addition. Fold in chopped strawberries by hand.
  • Pour into the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes; remove from pan(s) to wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

Strawberry Glaze:

  • When cakes are cooled, make glaze. Start by muddling the chopped strawberries.
  • Add to the powdered sugar and mix. Add the milk very sparingly until a pourable consistency.
  • Place the cake on cooling rack with aluminum foil or parchment underneath. Spoon glaze over cakes and let excess drip below. Let glaze set and then transfer to serving tray.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments and ratings!

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Nutrition

Calories: 403 kcal, Carbohydrates: 67 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 66 mg, Potassium: 129 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 48 g, Vitamin A: 456 IU, Vitamin C: 13 mg, Calcium: 47 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 403
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cake, strawberry pound cake
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whole loaf of strawberry pound cake
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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious. I made the mistake of just spraying my pan with Pam instead of greasing and flouring the pan. My bad! The bottom of the cake stuck to the bottom of the pan. I put it back together and glazed it anyway! Will definitely make this again. YUM!!

    1. I made this again today. Greased and floured those pans and they popped right out. Perfect! Also, I had nice juicy strawberries, so when I chopped them up and added them to the powdered sugar, I got an instantly delicious glaze, no milk was necessary. This recipe is delicious, my husband loves it!

    1. Hi Susan, you can, but I haven’t tried it, so I am not sure about the cooking times. Let us know if you do!

  2. 5 stars
    Made it yesterday! Directions were perfect and it was delicious! Loved that it made two loaves and I could share one with a neighbor. This recipe is going into my book. It’s a keeper!

  3. If I bake one at a time and refrigerate the batter while waiting, can it go straight into the oven cooled or does it need to sit a bit? Looking forward to making this!

    1. Hi! Buttermilk will be a tad tangy, but also thicker. Maybe do half buttermilk, half water? Or a 25/75 split?

  4. 4 stars
    Easy to make pound cake! I was worried with all the eggs and flour that the strawberry flavour wouldn`t come across. No need to worry! The strawberry flavour was obvious and so yummy! Only a 4 star because I didn`t try the glaze. I wasn’t sure about the chunky glaze.

  5. 4 stars
    Cake was delicious, kids loved it but I had a problem with the glaze. Also, what is muddling?

    1. Muddling is basically smashing the strawberries so they release juice. I’ll edit the post to include that. What was the issue you had with the glaze so we can troubleshoot?

  6. 5 stars
    This is so good! I didn’t glaze it, we liked it so much before I got that far. I used gluten-free flour and it was wonderful.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this cake today and it turned out amazingly well. Even my husband, who claimed the entire time he was devouring a slice, that he isn’t a ‘cake person’, loved it. The recipe is easy to follow and it turned out perfectly. Thank you so much!!

  8. 5 stars
    I wanted to comment again because this is my absolute favorite pound cake recipe. It cant be any better! I make it often. I had my last crop of strawberries and decide to make huge pound cake muffins. They were a hit. I cooked sane temp for 40 minutes. My husband loved them! Just wanted to say how versatile and amazing this recipe is!