Winter Strawberry Cake

This Winter Strawberry Cake is perfect for birthdays or any other celebration. This vanilla cake is moist and spongy and finished with a light and creamy strawberry frosting.

Vanilla cake with light and fluffy strawberry frosting.
This post is made in collaboration with California Strawberries, the recipe, pictures, and opinions are all mine.

And it is a very easy recipe to have on hand for every celebration. You can use this cake recipe for birthdays, for New Year or other special dates during the year.

So let me tell you more about this very easy and versatile cake recipe.

The cake is made with no eggs, no dairy. This makes it a perfect recipe for everybody, even for those with some food sensitivities. And it is moist and spongy and delicious. And the frosting has strawberries. Yes, I know, I add fruits and veggies to everything, but I really think it makes everything.

Take this frosting for this Winter Strawberry cake because of the strawberries. The color is perfect, and the flavor is simply the best.

vegan cake with strawberry frosting

Ingredients for the perfect vegan cake

  •  all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • apple cider vinegar (affiliate link)
  • almond milk
  • vanilla extract
several plates with cake pieces

tips, tricks & other recipes:

  • Always preheat the oven when making this or any other cake. It will bake better.
  • This vegan cake recipe comes out perfect in a square or two 9-in round baking pans.
  • If you are making a round cake fill it with the strawberry frosting or strawberry chia jam.
  • This cake recipe is vegan, so no eggs or dairy included.
  • When making the cake batter, make sure you don’t overbeat the mix.
  • For the frosting, I use Earth Balance vegan butter, but feel free to use whichever you like.
  • Here are other recipes with strawberries: Quinoa, strawberry and spinach salad, Strawberry scones and strawberry hibiscus margaritas.
vegan cake

So here is the recipe for this winter strawberry cake, and I hope you like it as much as we do. Please don’t forget to share the recipe when you make it on Instagram, FB or save it later on Pinterest.

It would also be fantastic and super helpful if you leave a comment and/or rating of this recipe in the comment section. Please feel free to write suggestions, ideas, or how it went when you made the recipe.

Winter Strawberry Cake

This Winter Strawberry Cake is perfect for birthdays or any other celebration. This vanilla cake is moist and spongy with a light and creamy strawberry frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
cooling time 30 mins
Course Baked goods
Cuisine Plant-based cusine
Servings 12 servings
Calories 674 kcal


  • Electric mixer
  • Baking pans



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp strawberry puree

Strawberry Puree

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cups frozen California Strawberries


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-in round cake pans or a square one with cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • In a medium bowl mix the oil, almond milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool completely in the pans.


  • Beat the butter or vegetable margarine in a large bowl with an electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth.
  • Lower the speed and 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, mix until creamy. Add the strawberry puree, mix well. Add the rest of confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat until high speed until light and fluffy. If needed add almond milk to thin the frosting.

Strawberry Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, add the strawberries and the sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat occasionally stirring until the strawberries thaw and the sugar dissolves.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 20-35 minutes. Puree and let it cool.

To assemble

  • When cakes are cooled completely, gently unmold them. Place one cake on a cake stand and spread a layer of frosting over the cake. Spread a layer of frosting on the top. Lightly frost the sides with the remaining frosting. Or if making a pan cake, just frost the top layer.


Serving: 125gCalories: 674kcalCarbohydrates: 91gProtein: 4gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 410mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 2gSugar: 65gVitamin A: 681IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg
Keyword strawberry frosting, vegan cake, winter strawberry cake


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5 stars
Can I substitute the all purpose with gluten free or white whole wheat pastry flour?