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This homemade Strawberry Sauce is light, bright, and bursting with strawberry flavor. Serve this simple strawberry topping along with an ice cream cake from the grocery store at your next party!

Strawberry Sauce with spoon and white bowl

Strawberry Sauce

Summer is here and from now until fall our weekends are filled with friends, family, and lots of amazing food! Whether it is the end of school, 4th of July, or one of 8 (yep you read that right 8!) summer birthdays, we’re always celebrating something :). The key to hosting all of these summer parties is keeping it simple and one of my tricks is taking a delicious grocery store bought dessert, like an ice cream cake, and then adding my own touch with an easy homemade addition like this Strawberry Sauce.

carvel ice cream cakes and strawberries

Ice cream cakes are the one thing everyone in my family agrees on, so they are a requirement for all of our summer celebrations. We each have our favorite flavor and I Love Ice Cream Cakes has them all. They offer a huge selection of delicious frozen ice cream cakes for every occasion and you can find them in the bakery (if your bakery has a frozen section) or freezer section of grocery stores nationwide. Check for locations near you HERE.

Strawberry Sauce pouring out of spoon

Picking up an ice cream cake in the bakery section at Harris Teeter the day before my party saves me a ton of time, but I still like to add my own personal touch. Since I’m all about fresh summer strawberries, this easy homemade Strawberry Sauce makes an appearance at parties all summer long. You can make it ahead of time and it is the perfect topping for any flavor ice cream cake!

For more fun cake inspirations and ideas for making your parties awesome check out I Love Ice Cream Cakes party tips!

Step-by-step pics of how to make strawberry sauce

How to make Strawberry Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan add strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
  2. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil then reduce temperature to medium.
  3. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes, mashing the strawberries with your spoon as you stir.
  4. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and strain the strawberries through a strainer into a bowl to remove the pulp and seeds. Make sure to press down on the strawberries to get as much of the juice out as possible. Note: If you like a chunkier strawberry sauce you can skip this step and continue cooking for another 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of your spoon.
  5. Discard the leftover pulp and seeds and pour the liquid back into your saucepan. Continue cooking over medium heat for 10 more minutes, or until the sauce is thick enough that it coats the back of your spoon.
  6. Remove the strawberry sauce from the heat and let it cool until it reaches room temperature. Note: If you are not serving it right away, you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature before serving.

strawberry ice cream cake with Strawberry Sauce on top

Our Favorite Ice Cream Cakes from I Love Ice Cream:

  • You can’t go wrong with the Original Carvel® Ice Cream Cake with it’s layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, chocolate crunchies and fresh whipped frosting (my favorite ice cream cake as a kid!). They also make this fun Ice Cream Cookie Cake!
  • OREO® Premium Ice Cream Cake – I love all things OREO and this ice cream cake has it all, vanilla-flavored ice cream blended with OREO cookie pieces and whipped icing topped with a large OREO cookie wafer and OREO cookie pieces. OMG, yum!!

  • Personally, I think the Carvel® Lil’ Love Strawberry Ice Cream Crunchie Cake goes perfectly with my Strawberry Sauce. It’s layers of strawberry and vanilla ice cream, covered in creamy whipped icing, and topped with strawberry crunchies (those crunchies are the best part!!).

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carvel ice cream strawberry crunchie cake

When it’s time for dessert bring out your ice cream cake, or cakes, and a big bowl of Strawberry Sauce with a spoon. Kids and adults alike will love spooning the sweet sauce over their ice cream cakes. It’s a simple and delicious way to make a memorable dessert without all of the work.

STRAWBERRY SAUCE
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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Strawberry Sauce

This homemade Strawberry sauce is light, bright, and bursting with flavor. Serve this simple strawberry topping along with an ice cream cake at your next party!
strawberry ice cream cake with Strawberry Sauce on top
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5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces Strawberries, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan add strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil then reduce temperature to medium.
  • Continue cooking for about 20 minutes mashing the strawberries with your spoon as you stir.
  • Once the sauce has thickened remove from the heat and strain the strawberries through a strainer into a bowl to remove the pulp and seeds. Make sure to press down on the strawberries to get as much of the juice out as possible.
  • Discard the leftover pulp and seeds and pour the liquid back into your saucepan. Continue cooking over medium heat for 10 more minutes, or until the sauce is thick enough that it coats the back of your spoon.
  • Remove sauce from heat and let cool until it reaches room temperature. If you are not serving it right away you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature before serving. 

Notes

Note: As you are cooking the strained sauce you can gently skim off any foam from the top. This will help you get a clear, beautiful strawberry sauce.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream, sauce, strawberry, topping