Strawberry Cake

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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. 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. 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!

  7. I made this cake the other day. Instead of using vanilla flavoring, I used strawberry flavoring.

  8. I also saved the strawberry juice. I pricked holes in the cake after it cooked and poured the juice in the cake layers.

  9. I just made it with yellow cake mix – buddy Valestro brands which also had a pudding pack it is VERY moist and delicious!

  10. this looks delicious! but I’m confused about the “almost homemade” title , the recipe doesn’t call for any pre-made items, so it’s all homemade. if you really wanted you could title it Strawberry Cake (from a mix). The cake mix just gives you premeasured ingredients. So, this cake IS homemade 😉

  11. Just made this cake – looks and smells DELISH ! Does it need to be refrigerated ? I make homemade butter icing a lot and I don’t refrigerate it, but this one has the strawberries in it.

    Thanks for a great recipe.

  12. I made this tonight and it is awesome!! Next time I will make it a 3 tier cake. The 2 tier was a little flat since it was so moist

  13. I really want to try to bake this! I say “try” because baking in Denver at high altitude can be tricky! Anyone make any modifications due to altitude or have any to recommend?! Thx! 🙂

  14. This will be the 2nd year I’ve made this for my birthday and it will be the 3rd year for my mom’s birthday. WE LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! Thanks!

  15. Is this inspired by the strawberry cake from Dumplins in Murray KY?

  16. Yum!!!!! So easy too. Can’t wait to try

  17. How far ahead can you make this cake?

  18. I had high hopes for this cake because I love strawberry cake. I’m sorry but this cake and icing is….well…….too put it kindly, not good. It took me almost two hours total. The cake was so short and heavy….may have been better in 8″ pans but I doubt it. The frosting was gross. It had the consistency of butter (thick and greasy)….. because it’s just butter and sugar flavored with strawberries. Nasty. JMHO.

    • I’m SO sorry Marie!!! I’ve had several friends make it and they’ve been pleased with it, so I hate that you didn’t enjoy it. So sorry!

  19. can it be made in a 9 x 13 glass pan and if so at what temp and for how long.
    Also if made in two cake rounds how Long do you cook for?
    Thanks for your help
    Looks Delish I’ll have to give it a try.

  20. I just made the cake and the layers are cooling. I was shocked that it called for 1 cup of oil. I hope that wasn’t a typo….the layers fell.

  21. I believe that the 1 cup oil should have been 1 cup water and only 1 quarter cup oil.
    Most cake box recipes call for that. Way too much oil. It did not rise well.
    The frosting had way too much butter In it. Tasted like strawberry butter.

  22. A version of this cake is my family’s go to cake recipe for pretty much any time we get together.
    The differences in the cake recipe are that I use 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup veg oil. I also use 1/2 cup of frozen, sweetened strawberries and juice. (Many times I add a little more. It is quite forgiving.) You can also use raspberry Jello for a similar, but a bit tangier flavor. ( I have been known to use a packet or 2 of sweetened Kool Aid instead of Jello if any vegetarians were in the dinner group.
    Bake at 350 for approximately 25 minutes for 9×13 pan, a little less for round layers.

    The icing is a little more flexible depending on if I am going to stack layers of cake or use a 9 x 13 inch pan. It is made with 1 stick (1/2 cup) of softened butter, 3-4 cups of powdered sugar, and enough strawberry juice and strawberries to get the consistency you want. The stacked cake requires a stiffer icing , so this is where the adjusting comes in.
    The taste is amazing.

  23. Brenda Burgess says

    Iam going to make this cake and put sliced strawberries between the two cakes and put cool whip on the cake instead of the frosting and chopped strawberries on top

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