Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake on a white plate with strawberries on the table

Strawberry sour cream cake is easy to make, perfect for entertaining and completely delicious using simple and inexpensive pantry staples. It’s loaded with strawberries, both in the centre and on top, plus it’s moist, and not too sweet. What’s not to like?

Strawberries at our local supermarket are selling for just $1.30 a punnet so this was the impetus for finding a delicious recipe and this cake made with sour cream and oil got the green light. 

The strawberries turn into jammy puddles and the cake crumb is light, moist and delicious served with a fresh strawberry puree so it’s perfect for a spring, or summer’s day.

Ingredients to make Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

quick to make

This little cake couldn’t be easier to make and comes together quickly.  Simply beat together the eggs and sugar on high speed for a few minutes, then add the sour cream, oil and vanilla till combined. Next add the flour mix 1/3 at a time until incorporated.

eggs and sugar beaten until pale and creamy in a glass bowl to make Strawberry Sour Cream Cake
beat the eggs and sugar until pale in colour and creamy thick

Put half the mixture in your cake tin and sprinkled with chopped strawberries then pour the remaining batter over the strawberries. Finally cover the top with halved strawberries and throw it in the oven. 

Bake for around 50 minutes and dust the top with icing sugar and serve with the strawberry puree. Too easy!

adding sour cream and oil to the batter to make Strawberry Sour Cream Cake in a glass bowl
after the eggs and sugar are pale and creamy add the sour cream, oil and vanilla. beat until just incorporated.

can I substitute yogurt for sour cream?

Quick answer is yes. You need to use a full fat yogurt in place of the sour cream. The sour cream or yogurt is what makes the cake so moist, but both of them needs to be full fat. 

measuring the flour without a scale

Spoon your flour into the measuring cup to aerate it, rather than dip your cup into the flour as it compacts the flour and you can end up with 25% more flour than required.

spreading the batter into a cake tin to make Strawberry Sour Cream Cake
spread half of the batter into the cake pan then top with the strawberry pieces. Repeat with the second half of the batter and top with the strawberry halves


Don’t be tempted to add more strawberries into the centre of the cake as they will make it too dense and wet. Rinse the strawberries and make sure that you dry them well, as a strawberry is 90 percent water, and it will make the cake wet, and soggy and we definitely don’t want that. 


You’ll need to use a neutral flavoured oil such as vegetable, rice bran, canola or sunflower oil rather than olive oil.

Strawberry pieces scattered over the batter to make Strawberry Sour Cream Cake
scatter the strawberry pieces over the first half of the batter, then top with the remaining batter

baking tips

  • use room temperature eggs as the yolks break more easily, allowing them to easily mix with the egg whites and other ingredients and the eggs whip up to a greater volume when at room temperature
  • don’t over beat the mixture because the gluten in the flour can form elastic gluten strands resulting in a more dense, chewy texture and we don’t want that!
cake batter in cake tin with strawberries arranged on top to make Strawberry Sour Cream Cake
after adding the second half of the batter gently press the halved strawberries into the batter whilst making a pattern

easy strawberry sauce

Serving the cake with a slightly sweetened puree of fresh strawberries is perfect and easily made by simply pureeing the strawberries and sugar till smooth and job done.

storing the cake

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake cooling on an airing rack
allow the cake to cool for ten minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the cake and the tin to loosen any stuck parts

Keep the cake in a covered container in the refrigerator and it will keep well for 5 days,  the crumb stays nice and moist thanks to the yogurt and oil. This cake freezes very well wrapped in plastic and then covered in foil for up to three months. Remove from the refrigerator and allow it to thaw at room temperature before serving. 

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placed on a timber table is the Strawberry Sour Cream Cake on a white plate
Strawberry Sour Cream Cake
Yield: 12 serves

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This strawberry sour cream cake is super easy to put together. It's moist, and not too sweet and freezes well. The orignal recipe is from Natasha's Kitchen.


  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil, we used rice bran oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260g / 9 1/4 ounces) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 350g (12 ounces) fresh strawberries weighed after taking the tops off
  • chop half of the strawberries into small pieces and halve the other strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. preheat oven to 190c (375f) on bake, not fan
  2. lightly grease a 23cm (9 inch) springform pan and line the base with baking (parchment) paper
  3. in a large mixing bowl, using a electric had mixer or stand mixer beat together the eggs and sugar for 3 minutes on high speed till light in colour and thick
  4. add the sour cream, oil and vanilla and beat on low till just combined
  5. in a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt
  6. add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the batter and mix till just incorporated, then repeat with the other 2/3's (it's important not to over-mix)
  7. pour half of the batter into the pan and spread the batter
  8. top with the chopped strawberries
  9. pour the remaining batter over the chopped strawberries
  10. place halved strawberries onto the batter pressing them down just slightly into the batter
  11. bake on middle shelf for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes away clean
  12. allow the cake to rest for 10 minutes and gently run a knife around the side of the tin to release any stuck jammy bits
  13. remove the outside ring and allow the cake to cool
  14. transfer cake to a serving plate and dust with icing sugar

optional strawberry puree

puree 2 cups of strawberries with a tablesppon of sugar until blended and serve over the cke

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 42mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 0gSugar 19gProtein 2g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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