Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake

This Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake is made with layers of moscato cake and strawberry buttercream. It’s moist, delicious, and it’s a super fun way to drink your wine (and eat it too)!

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake slice on a plate

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake on a metal stand

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake

This weekend, the hubs and I travelled to see my family and attend the wedding of a family friend. Our families (along with others) sort of grew up together and have taken many joint family vacations over the years. It was fun to see everyone and reminded me and my family so much of when the hubs and I got married.

Often you’ll hear at a wedding a wish for the bride and groom that they will love each other more the rest of their lives than they do on their wedding day. I will totally admit that I used to not understand that at all. 🙂 Surely you’d love your husband the most on the day you get married, right? What a wonderful day?!

But now I totally get it. It’s been just 5 1/2 years of marriage, but we’ve been through our share of ups and downs and boy has it made us stronger. I can absolutely say that I love the hubs more now and so differently than I did on our wedding day. I’m always excited now for newly married couples to experience that once day. 🙂

But back to the wedding, their alter (see my Instagram photo of the alter) was maybe the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. And boy did we dance! My parents, my brother and his date, and the hubs and I – dancing fools. That’s how I like it. 🙂

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake slice on a plate
Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake with a slice removed

And of course cake! There should always be cake at a celebration!

This Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake would be the perfect celebration cake. Especially for a wine-lover’s birthday. There’s a full cup of wine in the it, so there’s plenty of wine flavor. I used a moscato because I’m a sweet wine girl, but feel free to use your favorite white wine.

I loved the pairing of the strawberry icing with it too. A great combination. But you could easily switch it out for another fruit, like raspberry, if you prefer. I am all about switching things up to your preference, you’ll just want to use about the same amount of fruit puree.

Once the cakes are baked and the icing is ready, it’s time for the fun part (at least for me). Icing the cake! If you’d like some help with how to smoothly ice the cake, I’ve got a tutorial for you – How to Frost a Smooth Cake with Buttercream.

I like to store my finished cakes in an airtight container on the counter and this cake is best if eaten within two to three days of making it, so it’s fresh. Enjoy!

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake slice on a plate in front of the whole cake
Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake slice on a plate with a bite on a fork

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Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake with a slice removed
Recipe

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake is made with layers of moscato cake and strawberry buttercream. It’s moist, delicious, and it’s a super fun way to drink your wine (and eat it too)!


Ingredients

MOSCATO CAKE

  • 1 1/4 cups salted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Moscato wine

STRAWBERRY FROSTING

  • 1 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup shortening
  • 10 cups powdered sugar
  • 78 tbsp strawberry puree

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line three 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper rounds and grease the sides.
3. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl on medium speed about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. Add the egg whites and vanilla and beat on medium speed for about 1 minute.
5. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.
6. Add about half of the flour mixture to the batter and beat on medium speed until incorporated.
7. Add the milk and wine and beat on medium speed until incorporated.
8. Add remaining dry ingredients and beat until smooth. The batter will be thick and glossy.
9. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Stagger the cake layers on the oven racks so that no layer is directly over another.
10. Bake for 25-26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
11. Remove cakes from oven to cool for 4-5 minutes.
12. Invert the cakes onto the racks and cool completely before frosting.
 13. While the cakes cool, make the frosting. Combine butter and shortening and mix until smooth.
14. Add half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
15. Add the strawberry puree and mix until smooth.
16. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
17. To layer cake when everything is ready, first remove domes from the tops of the cake layers.
18. Place first layer of cake on your serving plate or stand. Add about 1 cup of frosting and smooth into an even layer.
19. Repeat previous step with second layer of cake and frosting.
20. Add remaining layer of cake.
21. Ice the outside of the cake. Here is a tutorial on how to frost a smooth cake with buttercream.
22. Store cake in an air tight container until ready to serve. Best within 2-3 days.

Notes

To make the strawberry puree, add fresh chopped strawberries to a food processor and puree until smooth. One 1 lb container of strawberries should be plenty.

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Enjoy!

Strawberry Moscato Layer Cake slice on a plate

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44 Comments
  1. Bria Purdiman

    Hi!

    This looks amazing!! Your “homemade strawberry frosting – two ways” recipe brought me here. For that one shortening was optional. Is that the same case here? Also seems the puree instructions are different. The other called for boiling. Maybe that’s not needed here.

    Also, if I want to make a two layer cake vs. three, how would that effect the measurements you listed? Newer baker here, so still learning to adjust measurements. 🙂 

    Thank you!
    Bria

    1. Lindsay

      Shortening is really always optional. You can replace it with the same amount of butter.

      Cooking the strawberry purée down is something I’ve started doing more recently for a stronger flavor. Both ways are fine, just your preference.

      You don’t necessarily need to adjust the ingredients, just bake the cake in two pans instead of three. You’ll have to bake for longer because the layers will be thicker. Also just keep in mind that I find that using two layers will give you a more dense cake.

  2. Elizabeth

    I know this is an older post but this recipe is amazing. I completely butchered it and subbed out a ton of stuff, I used 2 whole eggs because I forgot it was 5 whites, replaced the milk with strawberry puree, and added more moscato and it still worked out haha. It is such a fluffy cake, next time I will make it the way it was written though haha.

  3. Jo

    Rather than just egg whites could I use a whole egg? If so, how many egg white per egg would it be please?
    Example, 5 egg whites is the equivalent to 3 whole eggs.
    Also, would whole eggs make a difference to a cake as opposed to just egg whites?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Lindsay

      This recipe doesn’t work well with whole eggs, I’m sorry. You could try using this cake and swapping out some of the milk for the wine. I haven’t tried it, but I think it’d work fine.

  4. Shannon

    I made this recipe into cupcakes, and they are to die for! The moscato was too subtle for me, however, so I poked holes into each cupcake when they were still slightly warm and drizzled 1 tsp moscato over/into each one. 5 stars! 

  5. Nicole

    I didn’t think I was going to like the frosting because of the shortening, but when I tasted it, OMG!  I made this cake for Christmas and took it over my cousin’s for dinner and it was a hit.  I didn’t even get a piece, I had to sneak a bite of someone else’s and it was incredible.  Thank you Lindsay

  6. Linda Vanfossan

    This was my very first attempt at something so grand! I baked this for Valentines Day in 3 heart-shaped pans, and it was spectacular! It was a “commission” sort of, for a large clinic office party, and I was very nervous about my capability, but thanks to you, it was a hit! The icing is “moan-inducing”!!

  7. Pam

    What do you think about putting a layer of strawberry jam atop the cake layer and then putting the icing on top of the jam? Too much strawberry?

  8. Viviana

    What other fruits would you use for this recipe? I was thinking changing the strawberries for mango. Maybe peach?

    1. Lindsay

      Both of those sound good and should pair well with the moscato and I think they’d be fine in the frosting. I’d probably choose peach, personally. 🙂

  9. Becca

    So I made this cake for Easter for my family and it turned out pretty okay. My only real complaint is that now where in the recipe instructions are there directions for how to make the icing, just the ingredients. Maybe this is common knowledge for other people but having never made buttercream before I had to just sort of wing it. And I’m not sure I did it right.

    Also, I’m just curious on another thing, is it common for homemade cakes to come out much denser than say box cakes? Cause the few times I’ve made cake from scratch it always ends up really heavy and dense, like it’s not rising properly and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

    1. Lindsay

      Thank you for pointing out the lack of instructions for the frosting. I’m not sure what happened, but it looks like an oversight on my part. The instructions have been added.

      As core homemade versus box cakes, I would say that it does tend to be the case that homemade are a bit denser. It is quite tough to match box cakes in that area for some reason. That said, this should be a fairly light cake. If it turned out a bit dense, it could be due to a few things. The most common is the creaming of the butter and sugar. You really do want to be sure to cream them for at least a full two minutes. You’ll notice a change in the texture and color of the butter/sugar mixture. That process adds a lot of air to the batter which expands while baking (along with a some other ingredients) and gives it that fluffiness.

  10. K

    Would you have to just add extra milk or something if you went without the wine? Or would you just take it out and keep the rest the same??

    1. Lindsay

      You’ll want to keep the same amount of liquid. I’d suggest using an extra 1/2 cup of milk (for 1 cup milk total) and 1/2 cup water.

  11. Preeti

    Hey is the cake in itself soft and moist enough? Not a big fan of icing so will it taste good enough without or very little icing? And I am planning to have only 1 layer.
    Can you give the measurements for just one cake

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Yes, it should be moist enough but I’d add a glaze to it or something. Just cut the recipe in half and bake the one layer a little bit longer.

  12. Chris

    This cake looks great! When you say to use 3 8 layer cake pans do you mean you use one 8×3″ cake pan, use three 8×3″ cake pans or do you mean use three 8×2″ inch cake pans?

  13. Jan

    Hi Lindsey,

    How do u put a filling in your cake? I think when i do mine it doesnt appear thick like that and im using a piping bag so the frosting will be even.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Well, it depends on the filling, but for a buttercream like this I usually just measure out the amount of icing for the layer (1 1/2 cups in this case) and then use my offset spatula to smooth it into an even layer.

  14. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

    That does look like a perfect celebration cake! Love the use of wine in the actual cake, I’m sure it’s just delicious 🙂

  15. Joan Hayes

    Sounds like a beautiful wedding! And this cake is so stunning! It really looks perfect – that icing especially! Strawberry cakes are one of my faves!

  16. Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory

    WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never had wine in my cake and now I’m wondering why the heck not! Plus, your strawberry icing looks heavenly. Pinning!

  17. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    This cake is absolutely perfection Lindsay! Incredible! You caking skills are second to none! 😉

  18. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey

    What’s not to love about this cake?! I love the combination of flavors! And how perfect is this cake frosted?! It looks absolutely perfect and gorgeous!

  19. Erin R.

    Oh, you’re right about marriage. We just had our 7 year wedding anniversary yesterday and it really made me think about how I love him and how full speed ahead committed I am to him and our marriage. I didn’t understand it either, but it really does grow and mature the longer your are with a person. Just a quick giggle, I think he forgot to get me something for our anniversary. Not a big deal, I got him a package of noodles that caught his eye in the grocery store earlier in the week, and it didn’t hurt my feelings or anything. But when I sat down at the table to eat breakfast there was a little jar of wildflowers waiting for me. He had sneaked out and picked them from my pots on the back patio while I was in the shower. It almost made me cry it was so sweet. Sorry to blabbermouth on and on, but your thoughts on the matter really struck me.

    Also, this three storey cake with that FROSTING stopped me right in my tracks. Incredibly beautiful.

  20. Beth @ bethcakes

    Oh my gosh, I love this so much. I’m totally a sweet wine person. And I love strawberry and moscato together! What could be bad about cake with a whole cup of wine in it! 😉 I need to find something to celebrate so I can make this cake haha. 🙂

  21. Mir

    You had me at “moscato.” And yep, love grows exponentially and limitlessly. It’s kind of amazing how the human heart has such a huge capacity. This cake is so pretty! Prettier than the altar. Really!

    1. Elena Hawkins

      Agree, Mir. The further away I get from my Catholic roots, the more stark and scary a crucifix looks to me. I don’t think it makes a nice altar. This cake, OTOH…zowie! I saved this to my recipe file. Every now and then I get an urge to make a crazy desert, and this is definitely decadent, fun, pretty, and a cake a girl would dream about. (I’ve dreamed of cakes. Tables of them, all for me…) Thank you for posting this!

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