Strawberry Cake

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Strawberry Cake


If I had my druthers, I’d invite every one of you right into my kitchen this afternoon and slice you up a piece of this cake. But, since that’s probably not going to happen, I’ll just share the recipe, and maybe you can invite a friend or two over to enjoy it too. ;)


My sister-in-law buys the most wonderful Strawberry Cake from a bakery in Western Kentucky every Easter, and I’ve always wanted to make one at home. So,  I can’t even begin to tell you  how excited I am about this little (big?) slice of happiness!


While the cake is pretty darn good, the icing is perfection. When I read through the directions I was afraid it would be a little more challenging than I had time for, but it really was fairly simple, and undoubtedly the best Strawberry Icing I’ve ever tasted. So, dust off your mixing bowls and get ready to bake – this one will be perfect for Easter brunch in your home too!


{Excuse me while I run and get just one more bite of that cake, then we’ll get started . . . } ;)


Strawberry Cake


  • 1 white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 3 oz package Strawberry Jello
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup mashed fresh strawberries (divided)
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted and divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix together cake mix and dry Jello in mixing bowl
  2. Add eggs, oil, water and 3/4 cups mashed strawberries.
  3. Beat with mixer until blended.
  4. Pour into two greased and floured 9" pans.
  5. (Important - be sure to grease your pans well and then flour them, or they will not come out of the pan.)
  6. Bake for 27-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes in cake pans, then place on wire racks and cool completely.
  8. While cake is baking, smash 1 cup strawberries until smooth (you may want to use a blender - I used my Pampered Chef chopper and just got them good and smashed.)
  9. Place strawberries in saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  10. Continue to cook until mixture is reduced by about half (for about 12-18 minutes.)
  11. Remove from heat and cool completely. (I put them in a small bowl in my refrigerator to cool more quickly.)
  12. Beat butter with electric mixer until fluffy.
  13. Add in 1 cup powdered sugar until blended.
  14. Add 2 tablespoons of cooled strawberry puree and vanilla extra, beat into butter mixture until blended.
  15. Repeat with another cup of confectioners sugar, then an additional 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree.
  16. Add one more cup of confections and another 2 tablespoons strawberry puree.
  17. Beat in remaining 1/2 cup confectioners sugar until light and fluffy.
  18. Spread frosting on cake and enjoy!


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/9/14):

  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix BOGO $1.89 at Publix
  • Betty Crocker Cake Mix $1.25 at Kroger
  • Publix Butter on sale $2
  • Kroger Land O Lakes Butter on sale $2.50, use $1/1 Land O Lakes Butter
  • Strawberries on sale $2.99 at Publix, $2.50 at Kroger or $.99 at Target


Cake recipe adapted from, and Strawberry Icing Recipe from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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  1. Unless I’m missing it, I don’t see an oven temp. I’m guessing 350, but could you clarify that? This looks amazing and I would like to make it for Easter tomorrow. Thanks.

  2. I just made this today but with homemade white cake mix and only egg whites. It turned out delicious and the frosting is to die for! My father in law tried it and then he and my son both ate it off a beater.
    And the recipe popped up on my FB as I was wondering what to make with the super cheap strawberries from Target. Thank you!

  3. Kelly Cox says:

    Laurie, can you use yellow cake mix?

    • Hi Kelly! I’m afraid the texture might be different? It very well may be just fine, but I’m afraid to tell you incorrectly and then have you waste your ingredients. If anyone tries it with a yellow cake mix, leave a comment to let us know how it works!

  4. I made this cake and it is WONDERFUL! So good!

  5. Do you put something between the 2 cake layers? Either some berries or some frosting?

  6. Stefanie says:

    Have you made this in cupcake form? Any changes necessary?

    • I haven’t but I bet they would be delicious! I would just bake for a shortened amount of time – but other than that it should work fine. Yum!

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