This healthy Strawberry Cake is light, fluffy and completely made from scratch with NO cake mix or jello mix. It's full of fresh and freeze-dried strawberries and topped with an easy buttercream cream frosting. Gluten-free, keto, low carb and easily paleo and dairy-free.
OPTIONAL BUT FOR BEST RESULTS: If making a strawberry reduction: Puree about 2 cups fresh strawberries in a food processor. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan ane heat on medium for about 8 minutes to help evaporate some of the moisture and caramelize the strawberry sugars. Remove from heat and pour into a glass container. You should yield around 1 cup strawberry reduction. Allow to cool fully before adding to the cake batter.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For a 9x13 sheetcake: Line a 9X13 baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang and set aside.
For a round layer cake: Lightly coat three 6-inch round cake pans or two 8-inch cake pans with nonstick baking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper rounds. Set-aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut flour, freeze-dried strawberry powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
In a measuring cup, measure out the almond milk and add the vinegar. Allow to sit and curdle for about 5 minutes while you mix the other ingredients.
In another separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, monk fruit sweetener, strawberry puree and vanilla extract. Pour in the curdled milk and mix until combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Fold in diced strawberries.
Transfer the batter to the cake pans: Pour the batter evenly into the baking pan(s) and smooth out the tops with a spatula.
Bake for 19-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow cake layer(s) to cool in the cake pans for at least 30 minutes, then carefully remove from cake pans. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely to room temp before frosting.
Once the cake layer(s) is completely cool, use an offset spatula to spread frosting on cake. Slice into squares and top with strawberry slices before serving if desired.
How to store:
This homemade birthday cake should be stored in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container and enjoy it within 4-5 days.
How to freeze:
To freeze, simply wrap the entire cake or individual slices tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying.