Lemon Tsunami Cake with Strawberry Frosting

This trendy tsunami cake style is a showstopper. Enjoy fluffy lemon cake paired with strawberry frosting and made with organic sugars. Impress your family and friends at your next celebration and make it today.

Prep Time

25 minutes

Bake Time

50 minutes


three 6 in. cakes

Meet the Chef: Sam Adler

Sam is a trained pastry chef, food blogger and photographer obsessed with creating beautiful food and images to match.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups Florida Crystals® Regenerative Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, large
  • 1 Lemon, juiced & zested
  • 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Whole milk yogurt
  • ¼ cup Milk

For the Cake Fillings:

  • ½ cup Unsalted butter
  • 2 cups Florida Crystals® Regenerative Organic Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Freeze dried strawberries, crushed
  • 1 tsp Heavy cream

For the Tsunami Frosting:

  • 1 ¼ cups Heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups Milk
  • 4 ½ tsp Arrowroot Starch
  • 1 tsp Strawberry extract
  • 1 cup Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Natural pink dye


Prepare the cake layers:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° F and spray 3, 6” baking pans with baking spray or line with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and Florida Crystals® Regenerative Organic Raw Cane Sugar on medium speed for 1 minute until fluffy and pale yellow in color.

Step 3

Add in the eggs one at a time, stopping the mixer before each addition. You may have to scrape down the sides-stop the mixer. Add in the lemon juice and zest and mix lightly.

Step 4

In a medium size bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Step 5

In a large mixing cup or a small bowl, combine the yogurt and milk.

Step 6

Add in ⅓ of the flour mixture and mix on low until incorporated into the mix. Then add in ½ of the yogurt and milk mixture (while still on low). Then another ⅓ of the flour, the last of the juice, and the last of the flour mixture. Stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Step 7

Pour the batter evenly into the three baking pans and bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges of the cake are golden brown and break away from the pan- or when the top of the cake feels firm and not jiggly.

Step 8

While the cake is baking, make the filling.

Cake Filling:

Step 9

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and Florida Crystals® Regenerative Organic Powdered Sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the dried strawberries and mix on low for 30 seconds. Add in the heavy cream and whip on medium speed for 30 more seconds.

Make the Frosting:

Step 10:

In a medium pot combine the heavy cream, milk, and arrowroot starch, and stir until smooth. After mixing, turn the heat to medium and whisk until the mixture has thickened. Add in the condensed milk, strawberry extract and food coloring. Stir and let cool.

Assemble the cake

Step 11:

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Lay one cake layer on a cake board, then top with the strawberry filling. Repeat with the remaining cake layers and frost the top of the last cake.

Step 12:

Wrap a sheet of clear acetate around the cake, securing it with tape. It should look like a tube around the cake. When the frosting has completely cooled, pour the frosting onto the cake (in the middle of the tube) making sure that none seeps through the sides. Sprinkle with more freeze-dried strawberries. When you’re ready to reveal, loosen the acetate and pull up. Watch the frosting fall!