Just good ol’ Strawberry Cake

Confession: I have never had Strawberry Cake. At least not that I can recall. Was I somehow deprived as a child and young adult? Well that all changed when I saw the May/June 2008 issue of Paula Deens Magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen. She is holding a lovely piece of Strawberry Cake on the front and I just had to make it. I had everything in the pantry but the strawberry extract. A few calls had to be make to the local markets..but I found it after the 3rd call.
The final result was yummy. I am not one for boxed anything, but I followed the recipe to a T and it came out great. Saving this from tasting like a “boxed cake” was the pureed strawberries and the strawberry gelatin that you add to the mix. This is a fresh summer cake.

1 (18.25) box white cake mix
1 (3oz) box strawberry flavored instant gelatin
1 (10oz) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Pre heat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2 round 9-inch cake pans.
In large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil and water; beat at medium speed until smooth. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let completely cool on wire racks.
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese, softened
1 (10 oz) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
1/2 tsp strawberry extract
7 cups powdered sugar
In large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup strawberry puree, keep the remaining for another use. Beat in extract. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. If you want a pinker frosting, you can achieve that with a few drops of red food coloring.
Spread Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting in between layers and on top and side of cake.
Eat up!


  1. 1
    noble pig says:

    When this came up on the screen my jaw dropped! It’s so pink and beautiful. Looks divine.

  2. 2

    yum! that is so beautiful. it reminds me of the pink cakes my mom made me as a kid

  3. 3

    Looks good! Paula Deen rarely does me wrong. πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    That cake looks really good! What an amazing colour!

  5. 5

    this is a go-to cake for me. never fails, always pleases. well, it always pleases me anyway, and that’s all that really matters… πŸ™‚

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    Peter M says:

    Leslie, red never looked hotter…strawberry cake, yum world!

    To answer your question, I see you commenting on a few the blogs I visit and I pop over to have a peek at newer blogs like yours.

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    Bridgett says:

    I love strawberries, especially the sweet ones you can get at the local farm stands here in California. They are heavenly. I may have to try this recipe as how can you go wrong with adding strawberries to lovely cake? yum!