Native American–Style Strawberry Cake Recipe

I first tasted this dellicious cake a strawberry festival a few years ago. Now I want to share the recipe with all of you!

Native American–Style Strawberry Cake

Native American–Style Strawberry Cake

A Real Crowd-Pleaser, and It's Sugar-Free!

The ripening of wild strawberries marked the end of eating dried winter foods for Native Americans. To celebrate this occasion, Native Americans held festivals where strawberries were made into juice and baked in cakes.

I attended a strawberry festival a few years ago and got my first taste of this strawberry cake; it was so delicious! I made a mental note that I would one day make this at home. And now that spring has rolled around, and strawberries are abundant, I have put together a recipe that was such a big hit with my kids and friends kids that I would like to share it with you.

Not only does this cake taste delicious, it is also naturally healthy, sugar-free, and has historical significance. It is believed that the colonists developed strawberry shortcake after tasting this Native American treat.

Strawberry Facts

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds growing on the outside.
  • The Cherokee word for strawberry is "ani."
This is the corn flour I used in this recipe.  I like the whole grain texture and it is healthier than processed flour.

This is the corn flour I used in this recipe. I like the whole grain texture and it is healthier than processed flour.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

30 min

35 min

8–10 servings


  • 2 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup crushed strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Make a well in the center and add oil, honey and milk. Stir until batter is smooth.
  3. Add strawberries and combine.
  4. Pour into a 9-inch round, oiled pan.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, then lower the oven to 350˚F for 5 minutes to allow the center to cook through.

Optional Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup mashed strawberries
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • honey, to taste

Combine 1/4 cup of mashed strawberries to 8oz of cream cheese. Add honey to taste. Enjoy!

© 2011 Tracy Lynn Conway


Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on September 22, 2012:

Lilleyth - I can't think of a better way to make use of those wild strawberries. Thank you for the comment.

Nameisg - If you love strawberry cake than this recipe is certainly up your alley, it is a win-win, Enjoy!

Thelma - So nice to see you here! This strawberry recipe is delicious, healthy and easy, I hope you try it and enjoy.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 19, 2012:

Yummy! I love strawberry cakes. I can´t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Geraldine H on September 18, 2012:

wow, i love strawberry cake! I will definitely try baking this, it looks so yummy!

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on February 28, 2012:

I've never tried using the wild strawberries that infest my yard...good to know.

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on December 15, 2011:

Brittanytodd, everytime I look back at the Strawberry Cake photo I want to make it again. I hope you like it as much as I do and thank you so much for the votes!


Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 11, 2011:

Yum! I can't wait to try this. It looks delicious. I love that you gave us some background information. Voted up, useful, etc.

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on December 11, 2011:

Hi Ktrapp, I guess after all of the work you have done on your power punching hubs you deserve a nice treat. I suppose a summer without eating some version of strawberry shortcake would be missing something. I would not have created the hub if the cake wasn't such a hit with the 12 and under set. I love the image of you collecting the berries in your yard. I really hope you enjoy the cake! Thank you!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 10, 2011:

I am a huge fan of strawberry shortcake. It has always reminded me of summers in CT when we would pick wild strawberries from a patch in our yard. This recipe looks awesome. I love that it is sugar free. I have bookmarked this and am going to make this strawberry cake for sure next summer when the fruit is in season again!

~voted up~ (by the way - the photo is awesome)

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on September 07, 2011:

IZeko, thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

iZeko on September 07, 2011:

Hi, Tracy! I’m definitely trying this one. I love delicious-looking healthy recipes. Voted up.

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on June 25, 2011:

I hope you enjoy it! The cake doesn't last long in my house.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 19, 2011:

Hi Tracy, I am so looking forward to making this, it looks and sounds yummy!

Tracy Lynn Conway (author) from Virginia, USA on June 17, 2011:

Patty Inglish, Yes, the whole grain texture gives this cake weight and is so satisfying.

T20cook, It was so yummy that it was gone in a flash.

Endap Mgr, Thanks!

Teylina, Come anytime. Thanks!

Teylina on June 16, 2011:

What time are we s'posed to be there? Oh, I can taste it! UP

Eиdap мĢя from Nepal on June 16, 2011:

iit's awesome.

t20cook on June 16, 2011:


Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 15, 2011:

I like the whole grain texture of the short cake! rated Up!

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