Fresh Strawberry Cake

Probably a lot of you have made or indulged this scrumptious cake. Because of this wonderful Arizona heat, the only desserts right now that sound good are cold ones. When  I this ran across  this on FaceBook the other day, I remembered that it was such a good cake and that I hadn’t made it in years, so thought I would post it. Since it starts with a cake mix, it is quick and easy to make. Top it with Cream Cheese frosting and you have a delicious dessert that will cool you off, no matter the time of day.

1 (18.25) oz white cake mix

1 (3 oz) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin

1 (15 oz) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed

4 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick (1/4 cup) softened butter

1 (8oz) softened cream cheese

1 (10 oz) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed

1/2 teas strawberry extract (I will use vanilla)

7 cups powdered sugar

Fresh sliced strawberries for garnish


Preheat oven to 350

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, (the 15 oz) eggs, oil and water. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into greased and floured pans and bake for 20 minutes or until cake test done.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.


To make frosting:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium until smooth and creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry (from the 10 oz package)puree and the extract. The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or over ice cream. Beat in powdered sugar a cup at a time until all lumps are gone. If you need to add a little more of the strawberry puree, add 1 tables at a time, until frosting is spreading consistency.

P.S. One time I made this cake and divided each cake layer into 2, giving 4 layers. I used the strawberry frosting in-between the layers then frosted the entire outside of the cake with fresh whipped cream…If you do this, you will need to whip up the whipping cream sweetened  with powdered sugar, instead of granulated sugar. The powdered sugar has corn starch in it allowing the whipping cream to stay “whole” longer and not  get runny after the first day.

Also covering the cake in airtight container which you put in fridge will keep the cake fresh for 3-4 days.



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