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Strawberry Cake

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This strawberry cake is a beautiful combination of fresh juicy strawberries and a simple cake mix that creates a delightful dessert.
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  1. STRAWBERRY CAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY CAKE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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I’m not sure there is anything better than the simple pleasure of closing your eyes and biting into a freshly picked strawberry. This strawberry cake takes these juicy gems and adds them to a moist cake topped with a decadent, rich cream cheese frosting.

For some other ideas to use all of your strawberries, try our Strawberry Cobbler or these adorable Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

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MORE STRAWBERRY RECIPES:
No Bake Strawberry Jello Pie | Strawberry Delight


STRAWBERRY CAKE INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

For the Cake

  • 3 cups of strawberries, rinsed and chopped or pureed into small pieces
  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 3-ounce package strawberry gelatin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Pink food coloring, optional

For the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 2  8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract, optional
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Pro Tip: Strawberry extract can be tricky to find compared to other extract flavors. Try Amazon or at a local bulk food store.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Fresh vs Frozen Strawberries: You can use unsweetened frozen strawberries instead of fresh strawberries in equal amounts.

Gelatin Powder: Sugar-free or light gelatin powder can be used in place of regular gelatin powder.

Cake Mix: Use vanilla cake mix in place of the white cake mix for a hint of the delicate sweetness of vanilla.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY CAKE RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a 2-quart saucepan, heat 3 cups of strawberries over medium heat. Bring the strawberry mixture to a boil and then continue simmering, stirring frequently, until nearly all of the liquid has evaporated.

STEP TWO: Use a potato masher to break down strawberries as they cook, if you’ve added strawberry pieces. This process takes approximately 20 minutes. The 3 cups of strawberries should be reduced to about ⅗ cup.

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STEP THREE: Remove puree reduction from heat and cool to room temperature in the refrigerator before adding to the cake batter. This will take approximately 1 hour.

PRO TIP: The cake and/or the frosting can be made without the strawberry puree. The strawberry puree is nice to include fresh fruit in the cake and the frosting.

STEP FOUR: In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, strawberry gelatin, eggs, water, and oil.

PRO TIP: The strawberry gelatin gives the cake a nice pink color in addition to added flavor. If you leave it out, consider adding pink food coloring for a pinker strawberry cake.

STEP FIVE: Mix in ½ cup of the cooled strawberry puree reduction until combined.

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STEP SIX: Divide batter between two cake 8-inch cake pans lined on the bottom with parchment paper and spray the sides with a non-stick cooking spray.

PRO TIP: You can buy pre-cut parchment paper rounds to make lining the pans easier.

STEP SEVEN: In an oven preheated to 350°F (325°F for dark/non-stick pans), bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

STEP EIGHT: Remove the pans and cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove cakes from pans to cooling racks and cool completely.

STEP NINE: Beat together the softened cream cheese, butter, and strawberry extract until combined.

STEP TEN: Beat in 5 cups of powdered sugar, gradually adding a cup at a time.

STEP ELEVEN: Beat in remaining ¼ cup of strawberry puree reduction.

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STEP TWELVE: Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream at a time until desired consistency of frosting is achieved.

STEP THIRTEEN: Add pink food coloring to tint frosting to the desired color, optional. 

STEP FOURTEEN: Trim the top of each cake layer to remove any doming and form a flat surface.

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STEP FIFTEEN: Place the first cake layer top-side up onto the serving platter.

STEP SIXTEEN: Mound about ½ cup of frosting onto the cake layer and spread smooth to the edges.

STEP SEVENTEEN: Place the second cake layer top-side down on top of the filling. Press down gently to seal the layers together.

STEP EIGHTEEN: Mound another pile of frosting on top of the cake and use a spatula to spread it across the top and down the sides until the cake is fully frosted.

PRO TIP: Add a few plump whole strawberries to the top of the cake for a pop of color.

STEP NINETEEN: Serve a delectable slice of this homemade strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting alongside a tall glass of our Iced Tea or a warm cup of tea or coffee at an old-fashioned afternoon tea party.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: This strawberry cake can last for up to 1 week when stored in the refrigerator. 

IN THE FREEZER: The individual cake layers can be frozen for up to one month before assembling the cake if you wish to prepare it in advance and also to reduce crumbling.

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Make this strawberry cake from scratch to create a decadent vintage dessert that looks like it belongs in a bakery window. Moist and fluffy, this easy cake uses cake mix from the box packed with the fresh sweetness of strawberries and a rich pink cream cheese frosting that will bring back the best memories of summer days past.

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Strawberry Cake

5 from 2 votes
This strawberry cake is a beautiful combination of fresh juicy strawberries and a simple cake mix that creates a delightful dessert.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 3 cups strawberries rinsed and chopped or pureed into small pieces
  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 3 oz strawberry gelatin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • pink food coloring optional

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract optional
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • In a 2 quart saucepan, heat 3 cups of strawberries over medium heat.
  • Bring the strawberry mixture to a boil and then continue simmering, stirring frequently, until nearly all liquid has evaporated.
  • Use a potato masher to break down strawberries as they cook, if you’ve added strawberry pieces. This process takes approximately 20 minutes, and the 3 cups of strawberries should reduce to about ¾ cup.
  • Remove puree reduction from heat and cool to room temperature in the refrigerator before adding to cake batter, approximately 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (325°F for dark/non-stick pans).
  • Line the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray the sides with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, strawberry gelatin, eggs, water, and oil.
  • Mix in ½ cup of the cooled strawberry puree reduction until combined.
  • Divide batter between the two prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove pans and cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove cakes from pans to cooling racks and cool completely.
  • Beat together softened cream cheese, butter, and strawberry extract until combined.
  • Beat in 5 cups of powdered sugar.
  • Beat in remaining ¼ cup of strawberry puree reduction.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream at a time until desired consistency of frosting is achieved.
  • Add pink food coloring to tint frosting to the desired color.
  • Trim the top of each cake layer to remove any doming and form a flat surface.
  • Place the first cake layer top-side up onto the serving platter.
  • Mound about ½ cup of frosting onto the cake layer and spread smooth to the edges.
  • Place the second cake layer top-side down on top of the filling. Press down gently to seal the layers together.
  • Mound another pile of frosting on top of the cake and use a spatula to spread it across the top and down the sides until the cake is fully frosted.
  • Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg
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