Gluten-Free Strawberry Sheet Cake with Fresh Strawberry Glaze

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Sweet, buttery Gluten-Free Strawberry Sheet Cake overflowing with fresh strawberries and the very best fresh strawberry glaze. Every bite is heavenly and plainly hard to forget. Bonus, the strawberry sheet cake is simple to make using pantry staples and healthy fresh strawberries.

 

strawberry sheet cake, gluten-free

 

I love fresh seasonal fruit, which is probably the reason behind this gluten-free strawberry sheet cake. And this dessert recipe uses up those delicious sweet strawberries!

the perfect summertime strawberry treat…

This sheet cake dessert is buttery, heavy on bursting strawberries and topped with a light cream cheese glaze whipped up with fresh strawberries. It’s not your average gluten-free sheet cake.

 

strawberry sheet cake, gluten-free

 

I love this gluten-free cake mostly because it’s easy, no fuss, and even novice bakers can master it. In addition, the cake is moist due to the fact that it is infused with strawberries and butter.

 

sliced strawberries

 

The nice thing about this gluten-free sheet cake is that you can adjust the sweetness. If the strawberries are ripe and sweet, and you want to serve this cake for breakfast or brunch, you can go lighter on the sweetener. It’s all about what you are in the mood for. I always use less when the cake is made with fresh seasonal fruit.

fresh strawberry glaze…

Oh, and that heavenly strawberry glaze? It’s the perfect accompaniment to this gluten-free cake. I made it using fresh strawberries, some light cream cheese and confectioners sugar. 

 

strawberry glaze

 

You can adjust the sweetness to taste. I use very little because my organic strawberries are super sweet. It’s literally the perfect gluten-free strawberry dessert.

However, you can skip the strawberry glaze and give the cake a light sprinkle of powdered sugar. Another amazing gluten-free strawberry dessert is the Gluten-Free Strawberry Cream Pie or the Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins…YUM!

simple and delicious strawberry sheet cake…

You will love this gluten-free cake recipe. It is super simple to make using only eight ingredients plus the strawberries. In this recipe, I used two flours white rice flour and almond flour. If you are intolerant to nuts, you can use oat flour.

The dry ingredients include white rice flour, oat flour, baking powder and sugar. I used berry sugar in this recipe to get that beautiful pale yellow colour for my photography. However, if I were making this sheet cake for my family, I would use fine coconut sugar—a little healthier option. So the cake would be a light brown colour.

 

strawberry sheet cake, gluten-free

 

The wet ingredients are the classics, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla creamed together and then mixed with the dry. The sheet cake batter is easily spread in the pan and then topped with sliced strawberries.

strawberry sheet cake and strawberries…

The strawberries should be sliced to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch in thickness and placed closely together on top of the cake. I also added a sprinkle of lemon zest. The zest added a tasty zing to the strawberries. But this is optional.

 

strawberry sheet cake, gluten-free

 

Once the sheet cake is baked and cooled, it is drizzled with the light, fresh strawberry glaze. Again, you don’t have to add the glaze, but it does make this dessert insanely delicious. For any leftover glaze, add it to yogurt over fresh fruit or drizzle it over gluten-free pancakes.

Organic or conventional strawberries?

Organically grown strawberries are more nutritious and taste sweeter. This small red berry is also better for soil and environment than are conventionally-grown strawberries. And the conventionally grown strawberries contain the highest levels of pesticides.

 

organic vs conventional strawberries

This dessert is a special and exciting post today because the recipe is simple to make using plenty of healthy strawberries, making the gluten-free strawberry sheet cake perfect!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 tsp. GF baking powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. Salted butter, softened (if you are using unsalted butter add 1/2 tsp. sea salt)
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 lb. sliced strawberries, I like to slice them between 1/4 - 1/2-inch thick
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • FRESH STRAWBERRY GLAZE
  • 1/4 lb. quartered strawberries
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, to taste
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    Instructions

  •  Preheat oven to 375 F and spray a 9 x 13-inch baking sheet or baking pan with cooking oil or line with parchment paper
  • In a small bowl, whisk together rice flour, almond flour and baking powder
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter with 3/4 cup of sugar, less 1 tablespoon, until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix until smooth and creamy
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture and using a spatula mix to combine. Add milk and vanilla and mix until incorporated
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan and top with strawberry slices. The strawberries should be touching. Sprinkle with lemon zest and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Bake for 35 - 38 minutes until the cake is rich golden in colour. Cool in the pan.
  • FRESH STRAWBERRY GLAZE
  • Place strawberries into a food processor and process until smooth. Add cream cheese and process until combined. Add confectioners sugar starting with 1/2 cup and process until creamy. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before drizzling over the cooled strawberry cake. This cake will keep 1 day at room temperature or up to 5 days when refrigerated
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