This delicious strawberry cake is made with fresh strawberries and a boxed mix. It stirs up easily in just a few minutes. This would be the perfect cake for a baby shower for a girl, a sweet sixteen party, or anytime you need a dessert that’s pretty, yummy and easy to make.
Back in early February I was invited to plan the dessert for the monthly Senior luncheon at our church. It so happened that day fell on Valentines Day, so I thought it would be fun to plan something “Valentine-y”. I was excited to be asked, and I wanted to do something special, but dessert for 60-70 is beyond my usual comfort zone. I started brainstorming ideas and looking at recipes that would be special, but not too tough for a group this size. Strawberry Cake seemed the perfect idea!
As often happens, I found some recipes, and combined what I considered to be the best elements of several. In the end I had my own customized recipe and was able to use the abundant fresh strawberries.
Then, on Sunday night, before the event on Tuesday, I found out that I should plan for 90 seniors, rather than the usual 60. Whew!
I baked all day on Monday and garnished with fresh strawberries and a little Valentine candy when it was time to serve on Tuesday.
The seniors all loved the cake (except for a couple with strawberry allergies…. oops). Now, two months later, I tweaked a little further and ended up with this final version. Besides being delicious, it’s easy and so pretty.
If you’re making this for a baby shower or birthday party, these Southern Style Cheese Straws are the perfect little party food to serve before dessert.
- French Vanilla Cake Mix
- 1 3 oz. box strawberry flavored Jell-o
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 eggs
- 3/4-1 cup lightly pureed fresh strawberries
- Puree strawberries lightly in a blender.
- Blend cake mix, water, oil, eggs and jello mix until ingredients are moistened.
- Beat at medium speed for two minutes.
- Stir in pureed strawberries.
- Pour into a prepared 9x13 pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, testing for doneness with toothpick.
- Cool completely.
- Frost with your favorite buttercream vanilla or cream cheese frosting.
- Garnish with more fresh strawberries.
Just a couple of notes: I’ve used a French Vanilla Cake Mix, but I’m sure a white cake mix would be fine. Yellow would probably taste fine, but the color might not come out a pure pink. Also, I pulsed the strawberries in the blender trying to keep some little chunks, but if you over-puree’ don’t worry. It’ll still be delicious!
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