This strawberry cake with buttercream icing and crumbles is light, tender, and is reminiscent of a strawberry ice cream bar.
- baking spray with flour : 0 piece
- all-purpose flour : 2.5 cups
- strawberry-flavored gelatin, such as Jell-O (from 1 [3 oz.] package) : 3 Tbsp
- baking powder : 1 tsp
- kosher salt : 1 tsp
- baking soda : 0.5 tsp
- unsalted butter, softened : 1 cup
- granulated sugar : 2 cups
- eggs : 3 piece
- vanilla extract : 2 tsp
- whole buttermilk : 1.5 cups
- unsalted butter, softened : 1.5 cups
- kosher salt : 0.25 tsp
- vanilla extract : 1 Tbsp
- powdered sugar, sifted : 4 cups
- heavy cream, or more as needed : 2 Tbsp
- golden Oreo cookies : 25 piece
- freeze-dried strawberries : 0.66667 cup
- kosher salt : 0.125 tsp
- melted unsalted butter : 4 Tbsp
Stages of cooking
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with baking spray with flour and line bottoms with parchment.
Whisk together flour, gelatin, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
Beat butter at medium speed until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed and scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until just combined. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating on low speed just until combined after each addition. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans and cool completely on a wire rack, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
For the frosting, add butter and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, alternately with cream, beating on low speed until completely incorporated and smooth. Increase mixer speed to medium-high and beat until smooth and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
For the crumble, place cookies, strawberries, and salt in a food processor and pulse until slightly chunky (bits of strawberry and cookie should still be visible), about 12 pulses. Drizzle in butter and pulse about 5 times to combine.
Trim tops of cakes with a serrated knife if needed to make flat on top. Place 1 cake layer on serving platter; spread evenly with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top and sides of cake with the remaining frosting. Sprinkle Crumble over top and sides of cake, pressing lightly to adhere until completely covered. Chill cake for 1 hour before slicing.