Strawberry Pound Cake with Basil Whipped Cream

March 28, 2011


Hold on to your hats. This it ain’t your grandma’s strawberry shortcake.


Ingredients: (makes 1 loaf)

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter

3 eggs

1/3 cup strawberry puree (measure out 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen berries and then blend)

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1/4 cup chopped basil

1 cup whipping cream

1 tblsp sugar


Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.

Cream the butter and sugar together and add the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Then add in the vanilla/sugar mix along with the eggs, strawberry puree, and sour cream.


This is the stuff dreams are made of.


Pour batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50 min to an hour, until the center is done.


Now, it’s time to make the whipped cream.

Pour the cream into a bowl and mix until it forms stiff peaks.


Don’t even attempt this. Your arm will fall off, I promise.


Go with an electric mixer. You’ll be happy you did.


Oh whipped cream, you are magical.


Now, gently fold in the sugar and the chopped basil.


Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow to cool completely.


Spread the basil whipped cream between 1 inch slices of the strawberry cake. Top with more strawberries and chopped basil.


A strawberry basil sandwich cake.


Fresh basil paired with bright, sweet strawberries is pretty amazing.


Clearly, I didn’t like it at all.


  And I definitely did not sneak bites of it all afternoon long. Not me!

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

coltby July 8, 2014 at 5:43 am

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Katie @ OhShineOn May 7, 2012 at 12:34 am

I want to bathe in this recipe.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

LOL! :)


chris April 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I’m working on a recipe for a celeb inspired cake and he requested i put ‘sunshine’ in it, and i dint wanna go with citrus or tropical flavors. I was stumbling through recipes online and saw this and its perfection. Strawberries scream summer and basil and is fresh and bright. I’m gonna tweak it a little bit for his tastes but this just saved my life!!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

Wonderful! Hope he likes it!


mina August 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I just made this and it’s so so good! Thanks for the recipe.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

You are so welcome- glad you liked it!


Ashley C June 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I made this tonight & it was great. Everyone loved it! Thank you.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear it. :)


Julia May 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I just came across this and MUST make it for a going-away luncheon for my best friend. Do you think it will freeze well? (not the whipped creme, just the pound cake).


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

I’m a big fan of freezing poundcakes, but I haven’t tested this one out to see how it will hold up in the freezer. I would suggest a test run. Either bake a test loaf and freeze it (if it works, great! if it fails, bake a new one.) or slice off a small portion of the loaf for the test. Good luck and let me know how it works! Have fun at the luncheon! Hope everyone likes the pound cake.


Lanell May 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

Hi Jen,
I am fairly new at blogging and so happy I found yours. This looks simply delicious. Strawberries in the summer are one of my favorite things to eat, and with basil, wow! I’ve never tasted that combo, but would love to give it a try. I am going to subscribe to whatever I have to, so I can continue to find your great recipes.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

Thank you, Lanell! Welcome to Keep It Simple Foods! I hope you enjoy the recipes!


Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I really like the sound of the basil whipped cream and strawberry flavour combo!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thanks, Kevin!


Jennifer (Delicieux) March 30, 2011 at 1:42 am

Wow, this looks amazing! I love strawberries. I love the basil cream.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 30, 2011 at 8:27 am

Thank you, Jennifer! It is so easy and fun to make!


jen March 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm

oh goodness me! what a lovely and fresh dessert to welcome spring! Beautiful :) I can smell the fragrant basil and juicy sweet strawberries as I read your post.


foodies at home March 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

This has summer time treat written all over it! What an unexpected take on strawberry short cake!


Homer March 29, 2011 at 10:54 am

My blood sugar is spiking just reading this post! Looks amazing! Nothing says “spring” like strawberries.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

LOL! It’s actually not too sweet at all and I don’t care for overly sweet treats. ;)


Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

Wow. Just wow. This looks amazing!!!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Thank you, Heather!


Jenny W March 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

This sounds very interesting. I am going to save this one for June when it’s strawberry season here and I have some fresh basil in my herb garden. Love basil!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Fresh basil from the garden sounds wonderful!


Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum March 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

This is amazing! I once made a basil chocolate cake and just the combination of the basil with the sugar … ahh! The smell alone had me drooling. I love the idea of sweet basil!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Ooooh, basil and chocolate- now that’s an idea! :)


mitzi March 29, 2011 at 3:51 am

oh wow – basil whipped cream is genius!!! i need to get on that =)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

It’s so easy, go for it!


the blissful baker March 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm

This pound cake looks absolutely scrumptious, and I’m so intrigued by the basil whipped cream! The first picture is lovely! :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Thank you!


The Teenage Taste March 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

These look delicious! Strawberries and basil are such an amazing combination!


Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie March 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Oh yum! I am patiently waiting for my basil to grow so I can always have fresh basil around…but it’s taking forever!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hurry up, basil! :)


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

This makes me want summer…and a huge honkin slice of that cake!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I feel the same way! Summer can’t come soon enough!


Clarissa March 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Um, YUMMY! I had a pumpkin pie disaster this weekend, I think the world is continuing to tell me not to be in the kitchen…


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

No way! Try, try again my friend! :)


Kristen @ Change of Pace March 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Holy moly! I love the idea with strawberry and basil. YUM!


natalie (the sweets life) March 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

oh wow, amazing! I can’t wait til strawberries are in abundance because I WILL be making this!


Andrea @ March 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

Oh wow- this looks so delicious and your photography is out of this world! I’m loving the strawberries this time of year :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Oh my goodness, thank you for such a lovely compliment! I too am loving the strawberries right now!


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

This is gorgeous! Cool and creamy desserts like this are my favorite, and I love the strawberry basil combo. So fresh!


brandi March 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

holy moly – this looks so good!


Dishes of Mrs. Fish March 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

This looks and sounds just delightful!


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