Homemade Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry Filling

Roasted strawberries make a delicious filling and topping for this homemade vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting.

To make the strawberry filling, you could use a store-bought strawberry jam or jelly, but roasting fresh strawberries at home is easy!

To begin roasting your strawberries, preheat your oven to 375°F. Then toss fresh strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and salt in a bowl.

Spread strawberries out onto an aluminum or metal pan to bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping berries halfway through.

Once they have a soft, syrupy consistency, remove from oven and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Let cool in refrigerator.

I like to roast the strawberries one day and assemble cake layers the following with this strawberry filling.

You can use these strawberries to fill and/or top the vanilla cake linked here.

When adding the filling between layers, be sure to first make a thick border of frosting. It should be the height of the strawberries so their juice doesn't leak out!

After placing second cake layer on top of the first, add more frosting between the layers as needed to insulate the berries and their juice.

For extra strawberry flavor, top cake with remaining roasted strawberries.

Swipe up for the full recipe to make vanilla cake as well as the complete guide to roasting strawberries for the filling!