How To Decorate A Cake With Strawberries

A strawberry cake is one of the most delicious cakes, and mixed with strawberry buttercream and whipped cream, it is a delicious way of using fresh fruits in a fun way.

If you are looking for a delicious event cake, some of the best recipes contain fresh strawberries, raspberry preserves, and strawberry buttercream.

But, how do you decorate a cake with fresh strawberries, and how do you keep the berry flavor consistent?

Well, not to worry. In this article, we are going to be telling you how to decorate a cake with whole strawberries, making a delicious frosted cake, or cream cake. Let’s find out more!

What Do You Need To Decorate A Cake With Strawberries?

To decorate a cake with strawberries, you will obviously need strawberries. You will also need a frosted cake, seedless raspberry preserves, a pastry brush, and a paring knife.

How Do You Decorate A Cake With Strawberries?

To decorate a cake in its most basic form, follow these steps!

Firstly, thinly slice 1 quart (0.95 l) of strawberries with your paring knife. Make sure to remove the green stem. Slice the strawberries lengthwise, so that they are around 1/6-inch in thickness.

As soon as they are cut up, strawberries begin to slowly shrink. Put them on top of the cake as quickly and delicately as you can.

Next, put the strawberries on the cake with their pointy end facing outwards. Start from the outside of the cake, and put a nice ring of strawberries on the entire cake. Make this a thin layer, and do not overlap until you have finished making the strawberry perimeter.

Next, create overlapping circles until the entire cake is covered. Overlap each layer slightly, and do this until you get to the center of the strawberry cake.

As you overlap into the center, the strawberries will make concentric rings on the cake, standing upright slightly. This gives the cake more of a significant and impressive appearance.

The cake layers can be decorated with slices of strawberries on the side, too. However, they may begin to fall off.

Next, heat some seedless raspberry preserves in your microwave until they are soft and slightly runny. Get a clean pastry brush, and paint a thin layer of these warmed preserves on top of the strawberries.

Warmed preserves give the cake a glossy look. Let it cool completely, and you will see a beautiful cake, with the entire surface covered in fresh strawberries.

How To Frost A Cake For Strawberry Decoration

Now we’ve covered the basic strawberry decorations on a cake, how do you frost it beforehand? The cake mix is the easy part, and you probably don’t need to know this.

However, not everyone knows how to pipe buttercream scallops on top of cakes, and how to prepare it for fruit. Let’s find out how to frost a cake with buttercream (strawberry, of course!).


1 pound/4 cups of powdered sugar

1 cup (0.24 l) butter

1/4 puréed strawberries


Mix confectioners sugar with softened butter.

How to decorate a cake with strawberries

Next, add your puréed strawberries to your buttercream mix, and mix it to the correct consistency.

The buttercream should be sweet and fruity, being a great filling for a strawberry cake.

Before you start frosting, let the cake cool completely. Let it cool on a wire rack, until it is not warm to touch.

Assemble your cake, icing layers with buttercream and raspberry preserves if you want. Add the same amount of buttercream to the first layer as all the others, and make sure the filling is filled.

Frost the outside of your cake with a thin layer of buttercream, making sure that it is smooth. Because you want the layers to stay intact, you can do a crumb coat too, meaning the cake will stay smooth.

Put the buttercream mix into a piping bag, and begin to gently pipe buttercream scallops on top of the cake. Do this by using a wide nozzle, and start close to the surface of the cake, and pull the piping bag away, leaving a thick rounded edge.

If you’re using whipped cream or whipping cream in your buttercream, your frosting will probably need to be thickened. This is because whipping cream is a lot thinner than butter, but because it is called whipping cream, you can whip it to increase its thickness.

Additionally, this buttercream can also be used on chocolate cake, not just strawberry cake. Chocolate cake is rich, and with the right flavor, strawberry buttercream will pair perfectly. You could also pair the buttercream with different preserves, such as apricot preserves.

How To Make Strawberry Roses

Strawberry roses make a gorgeous topping for any cake topping, but how do you make them?

Firstly, insert a skewer or stick into the bottom of a strawberry, where the green stem is.

Make sure the pointed end of the strawberry is pointing upwards, and start carving at the bottom, making a small slit. Do not cut it completely through.

Use your paring knife, and gently curl the top of the petal! Do this on all sides, until you have four petal looking parts at the base of the strawberry.

You can also place thin slices of strawberries sliced lengthwise, shaping the into a rose.

How Long Will A Strawberry Cake Last?

Strawberry cake can last for five days to seven days in the fridge. Wrap the cake in plastic wrap, or cover it in parchment paper. You can also keep it in an airtight container. If your strawberry cake is fresh, as well as the strawberries, it should last for up to a week. Make sure that the buttercream is not older than a week, and you should be fine.

Final Thoughts

Strawberries are the ideal fruit to decorate all types of cakes, from chocolate cake to raspberry cake. However, strawberries look and taste the best on a strawberry cake. We hope you have enjoyed this article, and you enjoy decorating your cake!

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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