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A sweet and tender cake filled with fresh strawberries and topped with a luscious, rich cream cheese frosting. This recipe is low carb, gluten free, sugar free, and a Trim Healthy Mama S Recipe.
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I realize it is August, and some people's thoughts are already turning to pumpkin recipes (Yes, I'm in that category)! But I have one or two more summer recipes I want to squeeze in before we start with the pumpkin!
This easy strawberry cake is just such a recipe. The base of the cake recipe is similar to my Surprise Cupcake recipe, but with the cocoa powder omitted and a couple of ingredients added. If you have not tried that recipe, it should go on your "I want to make" list. But I can also attest to the fact that THIS recipe is indeed delicious!
Strawberries are one of the fruits that I usually have in my refrigerator at all times. My kids all love them, and I must confess that I do as well! I usually buy a big 3 or 4 pound clamshell of fresh strawberries from my local Costco. They are cheaper right now because they are in season. In the wintertime, I usually opt for frozen strawberries instead of fresh. They are cheaper, and Costco's frozen berries are delicious!
I believe you could use frozen strawberries in place of fresh in the recipe with great results.
So, what do you need for this recipe?
For the Cake
3/4 Cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend (or you can use 1/4 cup each of coconut flour, almond flour, and flax meal)
2/3 Cups Gentle Sweet (or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener)
1/3 Cup Plain or Vanilla Flavored Protein Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Mineral Salt
1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Fresh, Diced Strawberries
For the Frosting
8 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons Gentle Sweet
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If you like cream cheese frosting, you'll also want to check out my Low Carb Carrot Cake recipe with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!
For the Cake
- 3/4 Cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend or you can use 1/4 cup each of coconut flour, almond flour, and flax meal
- 2/3 Cups Gentle Sweet. Non-GMO Xylitol, Erythritol & Stevia Blend (or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener)
- 1/3 Cup Plain or Vanilla Flavored Protein Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Mineral Salt
- 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Diced Strawberries
For the Frosting
- 8 oz Cream Cheese Softened
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Gentle Sweet. Non-GMO Xylitol, Erythritol & Stevia Blend
For the Cake
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray an 8x8 glass dish with coconut oil spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
- In a blender, blend strawberries until pureed.
- Add strawberry mixture to dry ingredients.
- Add melted coconut oil, vanilla and eggs and mix well.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until center top of cake is dry.
- Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
- Beat softened cream cheese until smooth.
- Add heavy whipping cream and Gentle Sweet.
- Beat for 1-2 minutes, or until frosting becomes thick and fluffy.
- Frost cake.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
|Amount Per Serving|
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C undefined%
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Strawberry cake is my husband's favorite cake. We have been on THM for a year and a half and surprised him with this cake tonight and he is a happy man, all thanks to you!
Yay! If I get a thumbs-up from my husband, I know its a keeper recipe! 🙂
Can I use the thm strawberry whey protein powder instead of plain or vanilla or no?
Yes, that would be delicious! Since it is already sweetened, you may need to cut the sweetener down a bit.
I made this tonight for my family and my married son, his wife, and toddler. My daughter-in-love loves strawberry cake. They have been cutting back on their sugar intake most of this year, so I hoped we would all like this. I was a bit nervous making it for the first time with them here but had some strawberries that needed to be used now. And your pictures made it look so good.
I was out of baking blend so I used the suggested alternative and I have to say we really liked this a lot. I will definitely make it again. The sweetness was spot on!
Thanks for a great recipe. (We're new to THM, came from about a year on Keto.)
Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
If I use frozen whole strawberries, what would be the equivalent to dices strawberries? I am think there would be more?
I would start with 2 cups of frozen whole strawberries. If you think it needs more strawberry flavor, then add more to taste.
Made this today and it was really good! My cake was a lot lighter in color than yours. Did you use the thm baking blend or the 3 equal parts mix?
I used the baking blend, but my strawberries were very ripe. 🙂
How many servings will this make? I am wanting to make one for my mother in love who has a gluten allergy, and my husband and I are eating low carb, so this would be wonderful, but I need to make sure that I make enough for the entire family.
I usually cut this cake into 9 pieces. 🙂
Hi Sarah! I have loved ALL of your recipes that we have tried! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to THM. I am looking for a berry lemon cake for my daughter's birthday. How do you think this cake would be with a lemon flavored frosting? And any suggestions as to how to do that? Lemon flavoring or fresh lemon juice?
I'm sorry, I am not a big lemon fan (awful, I know!), so I'm not sure what to do for a lemon frosting!!
I would use fresh or 100% real lemon juice instead of lemon flavoring. I have ruined SO many recipes with lemon flavoring!
Hi Sarah, what can one substitute for the protein powder?
You could use collagen in place of the protein powder.
What can I sub the protein powder with?
You could probably use collagen powder.
Thanks for the recipe! I opted not to use the protein powder and used lemon extract instead of vanilla, in the frosting as well. Delicious, my husband thinks so too! 😁
I made this a few days ago and my husband and I love it! It is the best THM dessert yet that I’ve tried! Thank you so much! I just found strawberry flavored Stevia at my local grocery store and may try adding a few drops to the cake next time for a stronger strawberry flavor. Do you think that would be ok to try?
Could you make this into cupcakes? Suggested baking time.
I’ve wanted to try this one for a long tome. SO glad I did😊. What a great tasting cake. I made it exactly as instructed and it’s moist and tasty. Not too sweet, gentle delicious flavors. I may add a little more strawberry and gentle sweet for added sweetness if I want that sweet sweet taste.
Very good and easy recipe (at least THM wise). Lol. I was wondering about baking time for cupcakes and using strawberry extract. I was expecting an stronger strawberry flavor but was still very tasty. Thank you.