Saturday, August 4, 2012

Week 31: Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

Today is such a special day! Our daughter, Bethany, is coming home!  She left June 3rd to serve on Worldview Academy Leadership Camp's west coast, college staff team.  Bethany had a wonderful summer but is coming home very tired and HUNGRY!   She called a few minutes ago asking me to make her a plate of food.

In honor of her being our precious girl I baked a pink cake this week.  Paula Deen's Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake to be exact. This cake begins with a white cake mix; but after you add all of the other ingredients it doesn't taste like a mix at all.  Just ask my husband!  He does not usually like cakes made with mixes; but he loves this one!

Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake
Source: Paula Deen


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
  • 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
 Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 7 cups confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
For the frosting:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

Happy Baking!

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