Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Two years ago today, I put on a white dress and walked down the aisle towards my best friend. For whatever reason, he said yes, and today the two of us are eating Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake to celebrate.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake. An ultra moist one-bowl almond cake topped with roasted strawberries.

Ben and my wedding cake was strawberry, so I decided to make it a tradition to bake us a strawberry cake on our anniversary each year. We are two-years running, so the tradition is now bonafide. Last year, I baked this dead-ringer copycat Sprinkles Bakeshop Fresh Strawberry Cake. It’s fresh, buttery and multi-tiered for extra festiveness. This year, I opened for a more subtle, yet richly flavored moist Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake.

{Editors note: If you are wondering why we didn’t eat our wedding cake top-tier—most couples freeze it for their one-year—it’s because a few girlfriends and I ate it a week after the wedding. Please hold your judgment. Ben approved, and we enjoyed freshly baked cake on our anniversary, instead of icky freezer burned cake.}

P.S. Here’s a visual of the original cake + a certain happy couple:

Strawberry Wedding Cake for Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

(P.P.S. If you love wedding photos, you can see a few more here.)

Before writing today’s post, I looked back at last year’s anniversary post and the first year of marriage lessons-learned that I shared. They are all pretty silly and mostly still true. Another 12 months in, I won’t say I’ve become any more of a marriage expert, but when I reflect on the last two years, a few things stand out to me.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake // Well-Plated

Lessons learned (and in progress) in my first two years of marriage.

  • Love is not blind. Love sees, acknowledges and appreciates the small gestures and efforts of the other.
  • Love rallies. Want to go to bed but know your husband has been giddily saving a movie to watch with you all week? Time to rally. Care to face plant into a pillow, but your wife is going stir crazy and put on her skinny jeans and cute top? Let’s go out.
  • If it’s important to you, it’s important.
  • Love goes along for the ride. When we were married, this blog didn’t exist. Ben never had to help me choose between one photo and another, arrange his weekend mornings around my photography schedule, or listen to my philosophical tirades on Pinterest trends I wish would go away (salted caramel funfetti cheesecake-stuffed one-bowl cake batter Oreo blondies, I am looking at you). Yet, he came along for the ride. He’s my biggest supporter, endlessly patient when hearing my daily blog updates, and even holds sheets of tin foil to reflect light on cloudy days. He shows much more interest and patience than I do when he tries to talk to me about Supreme Court arguments or hockey highlights. In Marriage Year Three, I am going to be working on this.
  • Have your own identity.At the time I wrote this post, my blog was still called “The Law Student’s Wife,” but that does not mean that I identify myself only as someone married to a student, nor does Ben identify himself only as someone who spends 40% of his life in the library. We each have our own interests, and we strive to appreciate each other’s differences.
  • Don’t keep score. If I unloaded the dishwasher seven times, but you took out the trash five, are we even? The real question is: why are we counting?
  • Change what you can. Ben hates it when I’m late. I’m late all the time. In Marriage Year Three, I will also be working on punctuality. I hate it when Ben overmixes pancake batter, but this may be impasse.
  • Celebrate the small things. Preferably with Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake. Moist and easy to make almond cake baked in a skillet and topped with roasted strawberries.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake is my latest installment in skillet eats and treats, a cooking style I’ve been enjoying for its ease of preparation (this is a 10-minute, one-bowl, no-mixer almond cake batter), minimalization of dishes, and the all-around happiness factor that skillet meals bring me. Do skillet meals actually taste better? Ever since making this One Skillet Spicy Ranch Chicken, I’m inclined to say yes, and today’s Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake agrees with me.

If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, fear not. This lovely, versatile almond cake will bake up beautifully in a standard cake pan or even a pie dish as well.

In addition to being easy to prepare, Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake is the softest, most moist cake I’ve ever baked. It’s buttery and creamy, with a lightly crispy exterior. The almond flavor is rich, natural, and intense, thanks to a trio of almond additions: pure almond extract, a topping of sliced almonds, and almond flour.

This was my first time baking with Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Meal, which is almond flour made from almonds where the skin is left enact.  Essentially very finely ground almonds, the almond flour gave the Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake extra depth and almond flavor that I adored. Plus, almond flour provides vitamin E, healthy fats, and protein. Applause!

Almond flour is also a staple of gluten free baking. This cake is not 100% gluten free—I did use part all-purpose flour since almond meal is much heavier than wheat flour, and I was worried the cake would be too heavy or gummy—but gluten free bakers can use this recipe as a starting point. Everyone can rejoice over the rich flavor and healthy benefits almond flour/meal provides.

SPOILER: There’s a giveaway for almond meal, almond flour, and more at the end of this post. Keep reading!

Roasted Strawberries for Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Though the almond cake would be fabulous on its own, served with a cup of coffee or big scoop of vanilla ice cream, I opted to add honey roasted strawberries, partly to keep with my strawberry anniversary theme and entirely because they are ahhhhh-mazinggg. The oven concentrates the strawberries’ flavor, and the honey provides a lovely sweetness that pairs beautifully with the almond cake.

Roasted strawberries are far too wonderful to limit to one use, so I opted both to bake them on top of the cake and spoon extra over the top. In fact, immediately after baking this cake, I made a second pan of roasted strawberries that I’ve been mixing into my yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast, pouring over ice cream for dessert, and eating directly out of the fridge for life. I warmly encourage you to do the same.

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake. Super moist almond cake baked in a skillet and topped with roasted strawberries.

To my husband: Thanks for filling my every day with joy, love, and happiness…and for looking at 70-million pictures of this Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake to help me choose the best one. This is love!

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Yield: 1 8-inch round cake (serves 6)
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
An ultra-moist one-bowl skillet cake that takes 10-minutes to prep and tastes absolutely heavenly. Made with almond flour and extract, then topped with crunchy sliced almonds, this cake burst with natural almond flavor. An optional (but divine) topping of sweet honey roasted strawberries make this cake a celebratory treat!


For the Roasted Strawberries:

  • 16 ounces strawberries, — hulled and halved
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest — 1 medium lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour/Meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Prepare the strawberries: Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. (Be sure to use a rimmed baking sheet to catch any strawberry juices.) In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, olive oil, and salt until well combined. Add strawberries to bowl, then gently toss to coat. Arrange strawberries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes, watching carefully towards the end—the juices will thicken and darken, but should not scorch. Gently scrape the berries and juice into a small bowl while still warm. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the cake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 8-inch cast-iron skillet, other heavy oven-proof skillet, a 8-inch cake round cake pan, or a 9-inch pie dish. (If using pie dish, check baking time a few minutes ahead.)
  3. In a medium bowl, blend the granulated sugar the lemon zest together with your fingers, until the sugar is moist and scented. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Whisk in the salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Sprinkle the almond flour, all-purpose flour, and baking powder over the top of the wet ingredients. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold to combine. Finally, fold in the melted butter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet or pan and smooth the top. Scatter the sliced almonds over the surface. Top with 1/3 of the roasted strawberries (the top should fairly well covered, but not completely). If you're using a cake or pie pan, place the pan on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until it is golden and lightly crisp on the outside, but the inside is still moist. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cake to loosen it. Let cool completely before slicing. Serve topped with remaining roasted strawberries.

Recipe Notes

Store leftover cake well-wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Homemade Cake Recipe, Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. Happy anniversary!!! All of those lessons learned are so important and I’m SO glad you shared :) Our favorite celebratory dessert is always cheesecake – I think we MAY have it once a year, so it’s a SUPER special one!

  2. I never saw the point of freezing the cake. Blah, blah tradition, blah. But, it doesn’t even taste good. Your way sounds much better. Love this version! Pinned. Happy Anniversary!

  3. A cake definitely wouldn’t last a whole year in my freezer, weirdo tradition or not. We don’t really have a set celebratory dessert, I feel like a delicious dessert can be a cause to celebrate all on it’s own ;-)

  4. Our celebratory dessert is bananas foster…so good especially when shared. We saved our tier and pulled it out one year later so was terrible. I love that you went ahead and ate it while still fresh. Love your blog.

  5. Congratulations, Erin!
    I have never made a skillet cake….it looks really tempting and delicious!

  6. I love roasted strawberries. This is beautiful! Happy 2 years!!

  7. Beautiful cake, love the strawberries in it! Happy 2-year wedding anniversary to you, blessings on your day together! {see you soon, yay!}

  8. Happy Anniversary!!! I never got to freeze my cake either…someone are it when it made it to our house that night lol! But I’m glad they did coz now every year I can make a new one. This almond skillet cake looks delicious. I love their almond meal…makes the perfect macarons always!!

    • That is SUCH a funny story. I hope they baked you a replacement afterwards!
      Great idea to use the almond meal for macarons. I’m going to fly through it once I start :)

  9. Er my gosh – why are you SO cute?! I love this post. And happy anni to you both. Now um… you saved me some cake right?

  10. Roasted strawberries!! Now that’s a way to kick up an anniversary cake. Looks delish!

  11. We sliced our wedding cake topper into 12 and have had a slice each month of our first year of marriage to celebrate. On our year anniversary I’ll probably make a carrot cake because everything is better with cake!

  12. You are precious! Love that you had strawberry cake. A million years ago when we were married, there was…wait for it…white wedding cake. Blah. Talk about gross a year later. But strawberry cake!! Yes, please! And in a cast-iron skillet?? Oh, yes. And I suppose that our special dessert is the raisin-pecan pie that my family insists on every year (although it is delicious). Congratulations! (And your dress was beautiful).

    • Thanks so much Julie! Our bottom tier was strawberry, but since I can’t live with only one dessert, we had 2 other flavors (one for each tier) as well. Naturally, I had to have 3 slices on our wedding, lol. I’m sure the white was classic, but I loved switching it up!

  13. Definitely Chess Pie

  14. I love the photo of you and your hubby cutting the cake :) It’s beautiful! My favorite celebratory dessert? Cake! The flavor depends on the celebration! Carrot for my dad, Mayonnaise for anything relating to Mom, NOT chocolate for my brother… The flavors remind me of them :)

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  16. I already subscribe to your email list! :) One of the food bloggers’ emails I ALWAYS open and read!

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  18. Awe, Erin, I LOVED this post! Not only do I love almond meal and strawberry cake, but you made them together, and what a sweet tradition! Congrats on your anniversary!
    I already receive your lovely email newsletter, and follow you on pinterest, but definitely pinned this recipe, because I’d love to try some of those awesome flours!

    I pinned the recipe on my page (Amy Cooley)

  20. I would have to pick Tiramisu as my favorite celebration dessert!

  21. I’m already a subscriber to your email newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. happy anniversary you guys :) and yes i did look at your wedding pictures, too cute. my favorite dessert have to be anything with chocolate, rich, and dark

  23. Happy Anniversary!! I’m so excited to try this recipe (I’m gluten free). My and my honey enjoy flourless chocolate cake with homemade whipped cream! Yum!!

  24. My mom always made yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my birthdays growing up. So now, that cake is my go-to for celebrations!

  25. RSS feed subscriber :)

  26. Awww happy 2 year anniversary! Love this cake and your wedding dress was gorgeous!

  27. Congrats Erin. You guys are a handsome couple. I guess I like any kind of cheese cake the best of all desserts.

  28. I love celebrating anything with cupcakes!

  29. I follow you on Pinterest!

  30. AWWWW! I’m so in love with this! I love your marriage pointers. Seriously, you’re spot on.

  31. Happy Anniversary! Love this cake and your dress was fabulous my dear!

  32. Happy happy anniversary, and what a great anniversary tradition! Love this post, and you were a stunnnnnning bride :)

  33. For my celebrations I bake cheesecake with cherry topping

  34. I subscribe to your email

    Here is my pin, I follow you on pinterest under user name sandyheadtke

  36. I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill! My favorite celebration dessert is anything super chocolate-y. The more chocolate the better!

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  38. Ice Cream Cake!!

  39. I follow on pinterest, + pin

  40. Congrats! This looks fab! :)

  41. Happy Anniversary!! This skillet cake looks incredible with all those roasted strawberries on top! Loved reading all the things you’ve learned in your first years of marriage. Gorgeous wedding photo, and gorgeous cake. :)

  42. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    My favorite celebration dessert is The Cake Boss’ recipe for chocolate cake filled and frosted with chocolate mousse and draped with chocolate ganache. It’s my family’s most requested cake. Yesterday I made it with a raspberry glaze and raspberry jam and fresh raspberry filling, and frosted it with raspberry chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache. This was a cake for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. I’m thinking of making your first anniversary strawberry cake for my Godson’s birthday since chocolate is not his favorite. BTW, I loved loved loved your wedding photos. What a beautiful glowing bride and the handsomest of grooms! Happy Happy 2nd Anniversary! Judging from your comments, I predict you will be celebrating many many more joyful and loving years (and anniversaries)!

    • You are the absolute sweetest Diane! Thank you so much. Also HOLY COW THAT CAKE SOUNDS OUTSTANDING! I’d go crazy for both the super chocolate original version and your raspberry twist. Maybe I’ll try it with strawberry for next year’s anniversary :)

      • Diane Siniscalchi Reply

        Strawberry sounds like a good idea! You could top the cake with rosettes of chocolate mousse and chocolate covered strawberries. You’ve given me my next variation. Now I have to find a strawberry liqueur….

  43. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    I have an e-mail subscription. Thank you!

  44. Well this is just the sweetest! Happy 2nd anniversary, and enjoy eating this yummy looking skillet cake.

  45. Thanks for the recipe. I enjoy anything strawberry, have them everyday, either frozen or fresh. This subscriber wishes you a very Happy Anniversary !

  46. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    My pinterest address is The name on my site is Diane Siniscalchi. I pinned this to my cake, cookies, muffins, and frosting board. I don’t know how to get the link to my pin.

  47. This strawberry almond cake looks amazing! I recently found your blog and love your recipes and stories!

  48. I love cakes made with almond meal and these roasted strawberries look delicious! Happy Anniversary!

  49. I love anything with cream cheese frosting.

  50. I love roasted strawberries!! This cake looks awesome Erin … and I loved reading your lessons learned. I may or may not be guilty of telling my husband he needs to unload the dishwasher more often : ) Happy anniversary!!

  51. Angel food cake on my birthday, made by my Nanny the first 28 years of my life, and John the last two, using her recipe for the custard frosting and his own grandma’s recipe for the cake (from scratch–yes, he’s a keeper!).

    Pinned this, and making it today to bring over to Lindsey and Matt’s tonight to celebrate being home from the hospital with their brand new baby boy!

  52. Happy anniversary! What a sweet post. One of my favorite celebration dessert is layer cake with lots of frosting!

  53. Happy Anniversary! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this cake! Love roasted strawberries!

  54. Happy Anniversary! And a big congratulations, especially by celebrating with this heavenly dessert :)

  55. Erin, this was such a sweet post! I love that you had strawberry cake – too perfect. And your photos are gorgeous! Haha, those oreo stuffed blah blah blah brownies are the death of me as well ;) Pinning this delicious skillet cake! Almonds and strawberries, now there is a combo I haven’t tried, but wow, does it sound good!

  56. Dessert? Ice Cream!!!

  57. Congratulations on 2 years Erin! Cheers to many more! The cake looks amazing! Freezer burnt cake is way over rated, I rather have fresh baked cake any day!

  58. Congrats on 2 years Erin! My wife and I will be celebrating that this upcoming July. Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies by? Love all your lessons learned. So true and I identify with them all.

    This cake looks amazing. Love roasted strawberries!

    And I’m with ya on the whole Pinterest trend thing.. that was hysterical!

  59. I love making molten chocolate cakes for celebrations!

  60. Also, I already subscribe to your newsletters. Congrats on 2 years!

  61. Fav celebration dessert is usually chocolate mousse, but lately it’s been raw apple pie.

  62. Looking forward to trying the skillet cake, especially as I have never made one. Celebration for me is a tart: sea salted chocolate with pecan topping, yes, as decadent as it sounds. I am a subscriber, and lastly, Happy Anniversary!

  63. And of course I subscribe already! Love your blog. Thanks. Congrats on the anniversary!

  64. I make cheesecakes a lot for special occasions! My family loves them!

  65. I subscribed to your email. My email is [email protected]

  66. best celebration treat = classic chocolate cake!

  67. Dacquoise, coffee buttercream, coffee flavored whipped cream and ganache via the Silver Palate Good Times cookbook. Never fails to more than delightfully satisfy. Your marital lessons and goals are mindful and lovely. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. And congratulations! Truly, the best is yet to come! 15.5 years in…

  68. This cake looks wonderful and is so spring appropriate! My favorite celebration dessert is always something different – I love trying new recipes!

  69. Ahhh, you two are so cute! Happy Anniversary! I absolutely loved reading this. My husband and I are coming up on our one year anniversary, and I think you hit the nail on the head with those lessons. I especially like what you said about love *not* being blind — that it is about seeing and appreciating the little things. That is so true!

    Also, I can’t get over how genius those honey-roasted strawberries are. The whole cake sounds kind of to-die-for. Ben is one lucky guy! ;)

  70. Congratulations on your anniversary! What a lovely wedding picture and this is such a sweet treat to celebrate with. My husband and I have been married 12 years. Our favorite celebration treat has to be chocolate cake…or just anything chocolate because I’m a chocoholic and my husband loves anything I do. : )

  71. Happy anniversary! My go-to is a flourless chocolate cake. So decadent. So delicious. Eating it is also worthy of a celebration.

  72. Congats, Erin! I love looking at wedding photos. And love reading your lessons learned. I can’t help but love this skillet dish. I’m obsessed wth all this strawberries so anything with them is a winner in my book.

  73. I don’t have one specific celebration dessert, but one of my standard cakes for birthdays is angel food with whipped cream and seasonal fruit.

  74. I am an email subscriber.

  75. My favorite celebration dessert always involves strawberries, so this cake is perfect!

  76. Christina Gathright Reply

    Happy anniversary! I love to celebrate with chocolate cake with coconut butter cream :)

  77. Depends on the occasion — each family member has a favorite for their birthday (Red Velvet Cake for the Christmas Eve birthday girl, French Silk Chocolate Pie for my summer birthday boy, Pecan Pie Cake for my father-in-law, tiny apricot hand pies for my sister). Most holidays have a particular dessert associated with our big meal but are also subject to special requests — Pumpkin Cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream at Thanksgiving, Strawberry Cake (!) for Fourth of July. I love them all! And would love to try the BRM flours in the giveaway. Happy Anniversary!

  78. Definitely cheesecake.

  79. I’m not even married, but I can feel the heart in the advice. Particularly to have your own identity….so right on. Love that you pointed out the name of your blog doesn’t mean your just a wife. Congratulations on your Anniversary. This cake looks super unique and wonderful. I keep thinking about trying to roast strawberries, and this is the perfect way to try it. Thank you, Erin :)

  80. I just subscribed to get emails from you, can’t believe I hadn’t yet! Congrats on another anniversary, I love the wedding pictures and your advice. I made a cake similar to this last Easter but without the almond and being the almond lover that I am, I am so happy to have this recipe in my arsenal now!

  81. Happy anniversary! My fave celebration dessert is banana chocolate chip cake. yum!

  82. i’m a subscriber via rss

  83. i follow you on pinterest and pinned the recipe here

  84. Happy anniversary! My favorite celebration dessert is Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake.

  85. I am already a subscriber via RSS.

  86. I follow you on pinterest and pinned the cake here:

  87. Erin, congrats on 2 years! My anniversary is tomorrow! Yes, we got married on April 1st. My husband needed a date that he would never forget. . even when we are old and gray, he’ll remember we got married on April 1st :). We will be celebrating 8 years. I can hardly believe it. I loved reading this post. . great lessons learned! I love “don’t keep score” and “celebrate the small things” . . absolutely. It’s so sweet how supportive your husband is. . :)
    ok, now two unrelated things: totally looking forward to Bake For Good this weekend and looking forward to meeting you and the others. . I was following some bloggers who attended Seattle and looks like we’ll be having a great time! and lastly: fave celebration dessert: anything chocolate with lots of ice cream or Crème brûlée!

  88. My favorite celebration dessert is my moms German chocolate cake. So decadent. I’d say you went within the right idea of enjoying the top layer right away and making a fresh one for the first annoy.

  89. Happy Anniversary! My moms red cake. I love your recipes. My family Loves your oatmeal bars.

  90. So great! I love this post. I love that you had strawberry cake for your wedding cake! Tucking that one away into the memory bank. Along with this little winner of a recipe!

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  92. Happy Anniversary!!
    Celebration cake for us is double chocolate….. Second place is German chocolate

  93. You looked gorgeous on your wedding day! My husband and I just got married about 8 months ago in August and I laugh when you say you have to compromise with milk…we still have 2 gallons of milk in the fridge: skim for me and 1% for him. And don’t worry, our cake lasted in the freezer for about a month. Why waste such good cake?!

  94. The birthday cake my momma makes me. Yellow cake with chocolate buttercream.

  95. I absolutely love Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie. I can not wait to try your recipe! My twin sister was visiting our mother and decided to clean out her freezer. At the bottom, she found the top layer of her wedding cake. It was 24 years old! Needless to say, into the trash it went. You were smart to enjoy your cake while it was still delicious! Happy Happy Anniversary!!

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  97. Pinned your recipe on Pinterest here:
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  98. Happy anniversary Erin, this cake looks delicious! I’m definitely one of those people who loves wedding photos!

  99. erin, I just clicked back through to your first anniversary post and I realized that it was the very first time that I had read and commented on a post from ‘The Law Student’s Wife’. So, uh… this is my first anniversary of being a blog friend, is that weird?? Anyway, thanks for sharing the beautiful insights that you’ve gained from two years of marriage. CONGRATULATIONS to you and Ben, yaaay!! There’s a lot of wisdom in those bullet points. Oh, and you just reminded me that Aarons and my first tier of wedding cake is STILL at the bottom of his parents’ chest freezer! Oh dear. 2.5 years worth of freezer burn :/ I should’ve eaten it with my girlfriends like you! x

  100. Happy Anniversary! :-) My family’s favorite “go to” dessert is our chocolate coffee cake. I subscribed to your email updates ([email protected]) and have already been following most of your boards on Pinterest (Michelle Spencer). My repin of your Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake is:

    I really like using Bob’s Red Mill products in my baking. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win some!

  101. Happy Anniversary! Our favorite celebration treat is frozen cheesecake brownies! They taste like fudge! Love your pictures too!

  102. Pinned this recipe so I can make it soon! Mary Helming.

  103. I already enjoy your emails!

  104. Happy anniversary! Does ice cream count as a celebration dessert? Because to me, getting ice cream is a celebration in and of itself…obviously I’m ready for summer haha. Love Bob’s Red Mill!

  105. Aww happy anniversary lady love!! And what a way to celebrate!

  106. Happy Anniversary!!! I love roasted strawberries, it looks amazing!!! My family loves cheesecake so that’s my go-to celebration dessert!!

  107. I subscribe to The Law Student’s Wife Email Updates.

  108. I am following you on Pinterest and pinned the recipe.

  109. carrot cake, not just any carrot cake it has to be my mother-in-laws BEST EVER! (yes you need to say it just like that) carrot cake. It is so good my husband asked for it to be served at our wedding along side our wedding cake,

    • Martha, that carrot cake sounds amazing! BEST EVER?! Is the recipe a secret? If not, I might know a lady who’s interested ;-)

      • I am a firm believer that the best recipes should be shared.

        Best Ever Carrot Cake

        2c flour

        2 c sugar

        1 1/2 tsp baking soda

        4 eggs unbeaten

        2 tsp baking powder

        2 c raw grated carrots

        2 1/4 tsp cinnamon

        1c chopped walnuts

        1 tsp salt

        8 1/2oz. can crushed pineapple (drained)

        1 1/2 c vegetable oil

        Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar, add oil and eggs. Mix well. Add carrots. drained pineapple and nuts. Pour into 9×13 pan (greased) bake at 350 for 45 min, testing to be sure it is done before taking from oven. Cool, then ice with the following frosting:


        1/2 butter

        8 oz pkg cream cheese

        1pkg powdered sugar (1lbs)

        1/2 – 1 c chopped walnuts

        1 t vanilla

        1-2 t lemon juice (personal preference because I think it brings out the cream cheese flavor)

        beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth, slowly add powdered sugar. when combined beat in vanilla and fold in walnuts.

        This cake is such a favorite of my husband he requested his mom make it for our wedding! I cannot say where she got the recipe but it is worth making from scratch, we always add extra carrots to the batter; up to half a cup more.

        • YAY, YAY, YAY! Thank you so much. I love that it has pineapple and walnut. All good carrot cakes should have both in my humble opinion. I am a big believer that all great recipes should be shared too (must be why I have a food blog, haha). THANKS AGAIN! I can’t wait to try it.

  110. Awww … as a gal just coming up to her first wedding anniversary, I LOVED this! What inspiring tips!! I’ve already seen the truth behind some of them (especially ‘get hubby to hold foil/white paper etc. on cloudy days’ … I’m strongly suspecting this is going to be even more essential when we move back to the UK (=cloudy) from Greece (=sunny) very soon! So thank you! Once again, loved this, and of course the strawberry cake is fabulous, too! Here’s to your next 3 years of marriage! (imaginary champagne glass held up) :-)

  111. Happy Anniversary! Your list is great and it’s such a joy to see/hear a young couple with such grounded values. I’ll celebrate my 43rd anniversary this year and believe when I say it only gets better from here! Our favorite celebration food is a chocolate mousse cake I’ve been making forever.

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    I receive LSW emails.

  113. Celebrating is always special with strawberry shortcake and homemade whipped cream! Happy anniversary!

  114. Aaw, happy happy 2 year anniversary Erin! You looked gorgeous on your wedding day and your dress is so beautiful! I absolutely loved reading this post and your lessons learned :) This skillet cake is perfect for celebrating – I love that you added roasted strawberries – it looks delicious – pinning :)

  115. I subscribe by email. I guess I love cheesecake the most, but lots of good desserts out there. Congrats to you both and keep up the good work.

  116. It looks amazing! Happy anniversary – your wedding photo is lovely.

  117. Rasberry chocolate cake!! Happy anniversary!

  118. Homemade chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting!!!!

  119. Also, I subscribe to you on an RSS feed!

  120. Congrats! And happy anniversary!

  121. Delicious looking cake. The strawberries look so good here. Happy anniversary :D

  122. Happy Anniversary. This looks delish. Our favorite is coconut cream cake or strawberry filled cake.

  123. I subscribe via email! thanks

  124. i like to make orange cinnamon rolls!

  125. Happy anniversary! This looks fantastic! I love anything with strawberries in it

  126. My favorite celebratory treat is Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting!

  127. Also-Subscribed! Looking forward to reading about more of your yummy recipes!

  128. Happy Anniversary Erin! Love this strawberry cake and your lessons you have learned- I’m still learning after 11 years!

  129. Hello! I pray you are doing well and happily blogging.

    I found your website through Pinterest while looking for a recipe to serve tonight for our small group. Your strawberry almond skillet cake will be on the menu.

    I did sign up to receive emails and am SO excited to receive them. What a neat blog you have. It’s different from all the other ones I follow.

    I am glad you are in the midwest, so am I. We drive through Madison on the way to see my sister-in-law in Janesville. The Wisconsin Dells, Milwaukee, Green Bay are all places we visit and enjoy. All of that to say, we love Wisconsin! Go Badgers! We will be cheering them on in the Final Four.

    May God bless you, your marriage, and your blog.

    • Hi Tammy, This is just the sweetest note, thank you! I’m so, so happy you found my blog and said hi. I love Madison (and the Midwest in general.) We’ve been to Green Bay and Milwaukee, but the Dells are still on my list. Thanks for the reminder to visit soon. We’ll also be cheering WI in the Final Four. GO BADGERS!

  130. My favorite celebration dessert is Wedding Cake. They are usually quite elegant and taste over the top, just the way I like it! I’m not a huge fan of weddings, my wife and I were married in Key West during a cruise, so the cake is usually what gets me there.

  131. I get your email updates at jefflammers at rocketmail dot com.

  132. I follow your Pinterest boards and pinned the recipe:

  133. Aww, what a wonderful way to celebrate two years married – congratulations, you two!! This strawberry cake looks so scrumptious and I love that it reminds you of your wedding cake. Thanks for sharing this great giveaway, too!

  134. Erin. Everything about this post is perfect. Your beautiful wedding photo (going to look at more… wedding photo loving is an issue of mine), your stellar advice, and this beautiful beautiful cake. Loving it all. Hope you had a wonderful celebration! xoxo

  135. I love coconut cake-the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen is amazing!

  136. Such a sweet post!!! and what a perfect recipe to go with it!
    I agree with all your tips on having a successful relationship. So important to be an individual and still work as a team.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  137. So glad to have discovered this blog. Our favorite celebration dessert is key lime pie. It’s a must have for birthdays in our family.

  138. Happy anniversary! I think our favorite celebration dessert would be a dense chocolate cake with raspberries.

  139. I enjoy making my husband his favorite every year for his birthday: Pineapple upside down cake.

  140. Erin, congratulations! As someone that is on the countdown to the wedding day, I love reading bits of advice. Any bit of help can start before we get there right? A few I really love…if it is important to them, its important to you; love goes along for the ride and don’t keep score. These are all so important to a healthy and successful marriage!

    And my favorite way to celebrate is with anything ice cream or chocolate/PB combo! Yes please!!!

  141. My favorite celebration cake is chocolate peanut butter cake with chocolate ganache!

  142. Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement Liz!! That means a lot (and I adore cheesecake too :) )

  143. My New York style cheesecake is perfect for celebrating!

  144. karengdel follows you on Pinterest and pinned your recipe at

  145. Congratulations!!! What a fun thing to celebrate!
    I can’t wait to try this…looks amazing!

  146. I absolutely love anything cheesecake!

  147. I grew up as the kid that always picked carrot cake on her birthday. Not sure all my little friends appreciated it, but it is still my favorite!

  148. I love decorated sugar cookies.

  149. I am so happy to have stumbled on this page!! You have some yummy recipes! I would love to win!! I want to try all of them!! My fave dessert is Mandarin/ pineapple white cake with whip cream frosting! I wish It was a low calorie recipe!! lol I am a subscriber and I pinned this recipe ! I can’t wait to try EVERYTHING!! Happy Anniversary and thank you for having this awesome place for me

  150. The honey roasted strawberries sound amazing. I love the idea of a one bowl skillet cake. My celebratory dessert is chocolate mousse. I can remember a birthday where I had it more than once! Happy anniversary!

  151. Well, my favorite dessert is just about anything chocolate, and my dear husband’s is just about anything fruity! Since I’m the baker, we more often have chocolate something. ;) I’m glad to have found this site and this recipe. I’ll make it soon for the celebration of Spring! –Signing up now for emails, and Pinterest. My Pinterest user name is ‘beequilter.’ Thanks for the great recipe, and the chance to win great products!

  152. Julie Hendrickson Reply

    Great recipe, I plan to try it with cherries instead of strawberries. My celebratory desert is strawberry rhubarb pie!

  153. Just made you recipe and it is fantastic! Thank you for posting it!

    • Yay Jasmine! I’m so excited that you enjoyed the cake. Thanks so much for letting me know–I love hearing from readers who try my recipes!

      • :) I also will have to admit, I did make it for breakfast :) with a big cup of black coffee it was awesome! I used a cast iron pan and preheated in the oven with the butter in it to brown then didn’t cool the butter before pouring it in the rest of the mixture to mix really fast and then back in the oven and it really gave it a nice crusty caramely (spl?) texture to the 2-3 outer inches of the cake from the residue of the melted butter in the pan

  154. oops forgot I adore pretty much anything with cooked fruit! My husband loves to eat Jam with tea so we match pretty well

  155. I love gluten free strawberry cheesecake!

  156. Margaret Di Gennaro Reply

    Looks like we share the same anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our luck 7 year anniversary on March 31st :) My favorite celebration dessert is tiramisu. My husband is from Naples, Italy and I was lucky enough to live there for 5 years. I am crazy for any and all Italian pastries/desserts! If you ever want the “secret” to the world’s best tiramisu – let me know ;) I’m anxious to try this dessert since it seems similar to one of my other favorites, torta caprese, without the chocolate. And those strawberries seem divine – I’ll be making a double batch of those just because. I have subscribed to your e-mail updates and I follow you on Pinterest – Marge DiGennaro – and pinned this recipe:

  157. Aww. What a nice post! Happy anniversary. :) And eating the leftover cake after the wedding makes so much more sense than freezing it.

    And awesome giveaway! I love each and every one of those flours.

    As for that cake, I’d love a huge piece right about now (although it’s 6:15pm and I have only had sweets today… aaah. I should eat some chips or something, right? To balance it out? :D)

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  159. This cake looks so incredible — I just love fruit cakes like this that you can eat for dessert or breakfast! Happy belated anniversary! :)

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  161. OK, this cake: AMAZING. I have to tell you, the strawberries were out of this world. I debated over roasting them, thinking that surely the cake would be just as good with them put in fresh. Then I thought, what the heck, I’ll try it. And was disappointed that I didn’t like the taste of them by themselves. But in the cake? Holy moly. Best thing ever. So much so that I’m about to roast some more to put into some breakfast muffins. Yum yum yum.

    • Rebecca YESSSSS!!!!! I’m so so so excited that you liked this cake, and that you went for the roasted strawberries! Aren’t they magical when combined? Thanks so much for taking time to share your review here, and again, I’m so happy that you liked the recipe! Makes my day :-)

      • So I made this cake a second time, for a church group. They raved about it, wanted the recipe, etc. Now I’m about to make it a third time, this time for family. Definitely a big-time winner!

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  163. Happy Anniversary Erin! This cake is just stunning! Loved seeing the wedding pic :) Pinned!

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  167. My top tier from my wedding cake had a tragic fate…it was left out to thaw on the counter for our first anniversary. Subsequently, this was the day we found out our dog could reach the counter top. So, he enjoyed our cake without us. I did, however, make this cake tonight, and LOVED it! This time, the dog did not indulge. Lesson learned! Thanks, Erin!

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