Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream - moist and decadent cake with the most flavorful strawberry frosting!

A freshly baked cake is always the focus of any birthday celebration. I mean, isn’t the food always the focus? And because I am here today to help celebrate the birthday of my sweet blog friend, I decided to bake you a cake. When I was growing up, for each birthday in my family, my mom, grandmother or aunts would bake a cake, cover it with decadent frosting and then often spend hours decorating it.

If I am going to eat the calories in a slice of cake, it better be worth it. I’m talking about a rich, decadent cake packed with flavor, not some store-bought dry flavorless loaf of sugar. This Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream is worth every ounce. The strawberry buttercream creates a natural pink color that is bright, fun and perfect for birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers or even Mother’s Day.

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream - moist and decadent cake with the most flavorful strawberry frosting!

Vanilla Bean Cake

The cake is moist and decadent and the frosting is packed with sweet strawberry flavor. You will LOVE the frosting. It always receives rave reviews. The frosting is smooth and decadent but not too rich.

Strawberry and vanilla is one of my favorite combinations. Because I use fresh, natural and organic ingredients whenever possible, I used premium vanilla beans to flavor the cake and fresh, ripe organic strawberries for the frosting. Both are essential to achieve the highest quality and most flavorful cake.

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream - moist and decadent cake with the most flavorful strawberry frosting!

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream - moist and decadent cake with the most flavorful strawberry frosting!

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream - moist and decadent cake with the most flavorful strawberry frosting!

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream - moist and decadent cake with the most flavorful strawberry frosting!

Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

Yield: 16
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Cooling Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
 
A moist and decadent vanilla bean cake with a smooth strawberry buttercream frosting!

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature (3 sticks)
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 9 egg whites at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1 vanilla bean split & scraped or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, (3 sticks) at room temperature
  • 6-7 cups confectioner's sugar sifted*
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease the edges of three 8" x 2" round cake pans. Dust with flour and tap out the excess. Line the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper.

  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy and pale, about 4 to 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium and add the egg whites gradually, mixing until fully incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk vanilla extract and vanilla paste (or contents of vanilla bean) into buttermilk. Pour one third of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix until incorporated. Add half of the buttermilk, then repeat with the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Smooth with small offset spatula, and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes clean.
  5. Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edges, turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and peel off the parchment paper. Let cool completely.

To make the strawberry frosting:

  1. Puree the strawberries in a food processor. Strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove the seeds. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter and half of the sugar. Beat on low speed until well blended. Add the other half of the sugar and two tablespoons of strawberry puree, mixing until combined. Increase speed to medium and add additional puree, a tablespoon at a time, until desired color and flavor is reached (I used all of the puree). Add vanilla and beat on high for about 30 seconds to lighten the frosting.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Place one cake layer on a cake stand, plate or cake board. Spread and smooth 3/4 cup frosting, using a small offset spatula. Repeat with second cake layer. Place the third cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining strawberry frosting. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and serve.

Notes

  • I like the frosting to be light and smooth. Add between 6-7 cups of sugar and continue mixing until desired consistency is reached.
Source: Cake from Sweetapolita; Strawberry Buttercream from Spoonful of Flavor

Nutrition Information

Calories: 771, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 212mg, Potassium: 281mg, Carbohydrates: 108g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 79g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 1115%, Vitamin C: 5.3%, Calcium: 118%, Iron: 1.9%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry buttercream, vanilla bean cake
All images and text ©Spoonful of Flavor

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46 comments on “Vanilla Bean Cake with Strawberry Buttercream”

  1. Could you swap out the strawberries for raspberries? If so, would you use the same amount?

    • Hi, Catherine! Yes, you could use raspberries instead of strawberries although the amount may be different. I suggest starting with a small amount of raspberry puree and add it to the frosting until you have the desired consistency and flavor.

      • Update: I made this with a heaping cup of raspberries and it was very good! The texture of the cake was very good; however, as noted above, the cake tasted very bread-like. The next time I make it (there will be a next time), I will try and use less baking powder as recommended by another user. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Hi,
    Can this cake be made as cupcakes?? How full would I need to fill the liners so they don’t bubble over? Thanks

    • Hi Brandy! I would recommend filling them 3/4 full and baking for closer to 18-20 minutes. You should start checking whether they are baked around 18 minutes.

  3. Hi Ashley! You mention refrigerating the cake for 30 minutes after frosting. Do I need to keep the cake refrigerated or is that so the icing hardens up? I am worried I won’t have enough room in my refrigerator – not that it will be in there long 🙂

  4. Would you please share where you bought the sprinkles and the brand? I LOVE them!

    Thank you!

  5. Simple and beautiful! Love that you use real ingredients and not mixes

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