Friday, January 30

Quick and Easy Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake
An easy sheet cake or layer cake and ready in no time using a prepackaged cake mix and frozen strawberries. 
Or if you prefer something more natural, mix up a white cake batter and homemade frosting!

We pick our strawberries at a nearby farm every year around the first week of June to make our own natural Homemade Strawberry Jam.  And I always buy extra strawberries to chop and freeze to use with desserts, on ice cream and in salads.  There is nothing like the taste of a summer fresh strawberry!  Well June is quickly approaching so this year I decided to use up some of the strawberries from last year to make a Cake for my husband Bill’s birthday.

This cake is also perfect if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day Dessert.  Or bookmark or Pin this recipe for summer and use fresh garden strawberries.  Great to serve at outdoor barbecues and summer dinner parties too!

If making cake batter from scratch using your favorite recipe, just decrease the liquid by a 1/3 to ½ cup and add 1 cup mashed strawberries with juice and the strawberry flavored gelatin.
If Jell-O brand gelatin is not for you, Better Bowls makes a natural brand of strawberry gelatin!

And for an even quicker frosting, mix 1 cup of mashed strawberries without juice with 1 tub of prepackaged cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Cake

1 box white cake mix (or homemade cake batter) 
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin (regular or organic)
1 cup mashed thawed strawberries with juice (if using fresh, add 2 tablespoons of sugar)
4 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup mashed strawberries, no juice
3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Or use prepackaged cream cheese frosting and add 1 cup mashed strawberries, drained.

Fresh strawberry slices or halves
Or Strawberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using 2 (9-inch) round cake pans or one 13 x 9 inch baking dish, lightly coat pans with butter, dust with flour, and tap out excess.  You can also line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper.

Pour batter into prepared baking dish

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add strawberries, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add one egg at a time and beat after each addition.  Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cake cool completely.

Poke cake:
Optional:  If you have strawberry juice leftover, don’t let it go to waste.  Using a meat fork or large fork, poke a few holes in the cooled cake and slowly spread the juice onto the top of the cake, letting it soak in.  You can also use strawberry preserves.

Mix frosting ingredients

Mix the Frosting:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1 cup of the strawberries with no juice.

Yummy strawberry frosting

Gradually add 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.  If frosting is too thin add additional confectioners’ sugar.

Frosting a Layer Cake:
Place one cake layer on a plate and spread top with frosting. Add second cake layer and add frosting on top and sides of cake. To serve garnish with fresh strawberries or drizzle with strawberry preserves.

Frosting a Sheet Cake:
Add frosting to the top of the sheet cake and evenly smooth out.  To serve cut into squares and garnish with fresh strawberries halves or slices or drizzle with strawberry preserves.

Cake can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.




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Anonymous said...

I had one for my birthday. Terri Higham

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

I saw the photo, yours was much prettier than mine! Loved the decorating you did with the strawberries! Wasn't it a good cake? I want to make it again when the strawberry come in around June