How to Make 3-Ingredient Strawberry Cloud Cake

This no-bake strawberry cloud cake only requires three ingredients for a light, fluffy dessert. Here's how to make it at home.

What if we told you it’s possible to make a treat that looks just like cake without the addition of any flour, eggs, butter or sugar? While it may seem far-fetched, it’s true! And this strawberry cloud cake is definitely getting added to our list of super-easy cake recipes.

A cloud cake is exactly what it sounds like—a light, fluffy dessert that’s dished up as a slice of cake. However, it doesn’t quite have the same flavor or texture as a typical cake.

This cloud cake is made by combining applesauce and unflavored gelatin, resulting in a moist, jiggly cake with just a hint of sweetness and strawberry flavor that’s perfect for summertime. The ingredients are simple, and you won’t have to turn on the oven. And better yet, it serves as the ideal vessel to pair with whipped cream and fresh berries for a refreshingly cool treat.

Strawberry Cloud Cake Recipe

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This cloud cake recipe relies on plain, unsweetened applesauce as a base, with the addition of strawberry applesauce for sweetness, flavor and color. The gelatin is unflavored, so it won’t impact the flavor at all. The cake serves 8, but could easily be doubled for a larger crowd.



Step 1: Dissolve the gelatin

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Set up a double boiler on the stovetop on low heat. Pour all the applesauce into the top bowl and sprinkle the gelatin powder on top. Whisk to combine. Continue to whisk the mixture occasionally as it becomes warm and slightly chunky.

Step 2: Whip the mixture

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Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or use a hand mixer with the same bowl. Whip the mixture on high speed for 8-10 minutes until it becomes pale and creamy. Very soft peaks will form.

Step 3: Pour and set

Cloud Cake in a clear glass pan ready for bakingMolly Allen for Taste of home

Pour the whipped mixture into a 7-by-11-inch glass pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and place the cloud cake in the fridge to set for at least two hours. Once set, enjoy the cake on its own or slice and top with whipped cream and strawberries.

How to Make This Cloud Cake Your Own

This cloud cake was made using a mixture of no sugar added applesauce and strawberry applesauce for a nice strawberry flavor. However, it’s certainly possible to switch up the flavor.

An apple cloud cake could be made with unsweetened applesauce only, or even cinnamon applesauce for a unique kick. The strawberry applesauce could also be replaced with other flavors of applesauce such as cherry, blueberry, mixed berry or even mango peach.

The ideal topping for this cloud cake is whipped cream, but you could certainly choose another topping. Consider drizzling it with a fresh strawberry sauce, or even pairing it with a dollop of lemon curd.

Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.