Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

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Strawberries are some of the first fruits of spring in Georgia. I love them and when they are in season, I eat them nearly every day.  One of my favorite breakfasts is strawberries and buttermilk. Yes, I know how country-sounding that is, but if you like yogurt you will like buttermilk! It’s the same flavor profile. Plus, red Chanel lipstick or not, I am really a country girl. I am certain you are going to love my Strawberry Buttermilk Cake. Since it contains buttermilk and pureed strawberries, I was able to eliminate adding butter or oil — and it’s still super tender and moist. And, best of all — I make it in the food processor!

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Baking with Buttermilk

Buttermilk is a staple in my refrigerator. And, before you ask — if it’s past the date, I keep it. As long as it pours I consider it usable. 😉 Buttermilk can give baked goods a fuller body and a hint of tartness due to lactic acid. The lactic acid helps keep baked goods moist and tender by breaking down long, tough strands of gluten. It also produces a chemical reaction when combined with baking soda, producing carbon dioxide gas, contributing to the leavening or rise of many baked goods.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Strawberry Health Benefits

According to WebMD, strawberries increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. One of my go-to recipes is this Strawberry Shrub. It is so refreshing!

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

Cookbooks with Virginia

A few folks asked me to feature my new ebook Fresh Start on my weekly Livestream, Cookbooks with Virginia. You can check out the IGTV video below. I share my 7 tips on healthy eating and weight loss. Heads up, I get a little emotional. Weight is a very intense subject — my new expression is that it is a “minefield of mind feels.” Check it out….

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This cake comes in at only 5 points a slice! It surprised me, too! I was going to substitute applesauce, but then I considered that the pureed strawberries would act the same way and gave it a shot. It’s incredible how it worked so well! Woo-hoo!! I hope you enjoy it – so moist, tender, and delicious. If you give it a try, please tag me if you post on social. I’d love to see it! Thanks so much for reading.

Bon Appétit, Y’all

Virginia Willis

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Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

This comes in at only 5 WW green points a slice!
It does bake more purple than pink, so if you want to you can add a drop or two of red food coloring.
Servings: 16


  • Nonstick baking spray
  • 15 medium strawberries hulled, plus some halved for garnish
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk + 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 ounces Neufchatel


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch cake pan with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
  • Combine the strawberries and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Puree until smooth.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, 2/3 cup buttermilk, and vanilla. Puree until smooth. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake until the cake comes away from the side of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center is dry, about 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the confectioner’s sugar, Neufchatel, and remaining tablespoon of buttermilk in a bowl. (You can do it by hand or with a hand mixer.)
  • Ice the top of the cake and decorate with additional halved strawberries.

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Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and executed the food styling for a Super Bowl commercial seen by over 160 million people. She is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author and chef for Food Network Kitchen. Virginia lost 65 pounds and has kept if off for over 3 years. Her health journey has been documented in Eating Well, as a cover story for Woman’s World, Allrecipes, and AARP. Virginia has embraced her new outlook on life and has become a cheerleader for those wanting to make their own life changes, “If a French-trained Southern chef can do it, you can, too!” Her cookbooks include Fresh Start: Cooking with Virginia My Real Life Daily Guide to Healthy Eating and Weight Loss; Secrets of the Southern Table, Lighten Up, Y’all, Bon Appétit, Y’all, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, Okra, and Grits. She is the former TV kitchen director for Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, and Nathalie Dupree; has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants; and traveled the world producing food stories – from making cheese in California to escargot farming in France. She has appeared on Alex vs America, The Rachel Ray Show, Food Network’s Chopped, CBS This Morning, Fox Family and Friends, Martha Stewart Living, and as a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Virginia has also been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, People Magazine, Eater, and Food52. She has contributed to Eating Well, Garden & Gun, and Bon Appétit, and more. Fans love her down-to-earth attitude and approachable spirit. Learn more about Virginia and Good and Good for You Living, a real life health and wellness approach for mind, body, and spirit that includes food, fun, and fitness at

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  1. Annie M

    Virginia, I just watched you on my computer. You’ve inspired me to go back to WW. Just turned 80 ( Can’t believe it !!!) and want to get rid of 12-15 lbs. Lost 32 years ago on WW, and it does creep back up. I definitely want to get your new book. You’re gorgeous, and always have been. I’m so glad you’re feeling better about yourself. From another “broad-shouldered girl.”

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