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Summer Lemon cake with fresh strawberries

I first made this lemon cake for my pre-birthday picnic in June and everyone loved it. I have now made it three more times upon request. That just tells how delicious the cake really is. It is my go-to summer cake recipe and I usually just make it off-heart. However, I have now gotten several Instagram DM’s asking me to share the recipe. Thus, I have created both a written and video recipe that is easy to follow

I personally enjoy baking, so when someone makes a request for a cake, I joyfully oblige. I love the taste of lemon in desserts, especially in the summer months as they are in season. Italy has some of the best and most delicious citrus fruits, rich in colour and so tasty. Making this cake was quite easy. Just a blitz of wet ingredients combined with sieved dried ingredients and viola a delicious outcome. That is a decadent lemon sponge cake.

You might also like this Strawberry Shortcake with Coulis.

I took the cake up a notch by layering it with cream cheese icing and fresh strawberries. Another delicious summer fruit perfect to cut down the sharp “zestiness” of the lemons. You can use whatever fruits that you fancy, but honestly, I think lemon and strawberries are an undefeated match.

Here’s the recipe:

Lemon cake with cream cheese and strawberries

Immaculate Ruému
Delicious cake with the perfect combination of summer fruits. Tangy lemon spongy cake layered with cream cheese frosting and strawberries. An absolute delight!
5 from 14 votes
Course Dessert



  • 150 g butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 250 g Strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For cream cheese icing:

  • 60 g cold butter (chopped in bits)
  • 250 g cold cream cheese
  • 1 cup icing sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease a round (6 inches) pan with butter and set aside.
  • Peel half of the lemon zest and place into a blender, add the eggs, milk, sugar, lemon juice and butter, then blitz.
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Pour in the blended liquid mixture and mix together into a smooth batter.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan, place into the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Set the cake aside to cool.
  • In the meantime prepare the frosting by whipping the butter and cream cheese in a bowl. Add the icing sugar in 3 parts continually whisking until smooth and creamy but not runny.
  • Also, prepare the fruits, cut most of the strawberries in half, a couple into quarters and leave one or two whole. Cut the lemons into half and slice into half-moons. Set the fruits aside.
  • Now the cake should be cool. Slice into three layers, you cake do this with a slicer, leveller or just a knife. Lay the first layer unto a flat dish with a small scope of cream cheese at the bottom to help keep the cake in place.
  • Spread 1/4 of cream cheese frosting on top then place some halved strawberries all around the edges of the cake and place a few rough pieces in the middle with a little more frosting.
  • Place the second layer of cake on top and spread a generous amount of the cream and follow with the last layer of cake.
  • Place the remaining frosting on top and spread all over the whole cake (sides and top), it doesn't have to be perfect.
  • Now start placing the remaining strawberries on top, across the middle of a cake (making sort of a line across).
  • Finish by adding the slices of lemon to both sides of the strawberries. Slice and enjoy!


Keyword: cake, cream cheese, lemon, strawberry
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28 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I struggle a bit with desserts, but I loved how easy this recipe was. Also, the cream cheese icing on this cake made it so good (it’s my favorite type of icing, too). Thank you so much! I need to make this again.

  2. 5 stars
    This was probably the most moist cake I’ve everrrrrrr made!! So good and flavorful!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the perfect dessert to head into the end of summer. I loved the tanginess of the cream cheese icing.

  4. 5 stars
    What a moist and tender cake filled with creamy lusciousness. I am definitely sharing this recipe with the rest of my family who loves to bake. What a fantastic recipe!

    1. Its a win for me too! Thanks and I’m glad you found the recipe easy to follow!

  5. 5 stars
    So good, easy and straight forward to make. Made for my nephew and he tried to eat the entire cake in one go.

  6. 5 stars
    This looks sinfully moist and indulgent! Cannot wait to try it out when it shall be hot in September!

  7. 5 stars
    This cake is so light and fluffy! I love the flavor of lemon especially with the fresh strawberries. Thanks for the recipe!

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Chef Immaculate Ruému


I'm Immaculate, a trained chef that enjoys all that encompasses food. Exploring a variety of local international cuisines with the aim of ‘Breaking Global Culinary Boundaries’.

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