Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 16 servings

Think spring and summer with this delicious strawberry shortcut cake. The shortcut is in the simple cake mix base, and fresh strawberries make it taste and look completely homemade. The one-layer cake is baked and then inverted to reveal the strawberry and marshmallow topping. This strawberry cake is an excellent way to dress up a cake mix.

Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh sliced strawberries for garnish. This is an excellent cake to bake and share with friends and family!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 pints strawberries (about 24 ounces)
  • 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry gelatin
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix (2-layer size with oil, water, and eggs per package instructions)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake ingredients

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  2. Heat oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan.

    greased baking pan

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  3. Sprinkle the miniature marshmallows evenly over the bottom of the pan.

    Sprinkle the miniature marshmallows evenly over the bottom of the pan

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  4. Rinse and hull the strawberries; slice or chop them coarsely.

    diced strawberries on a cutting board

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  5. Put the strawberries in a bowl and mash them; there should be about 3 cups of mashed strawberries.

    mashed strawberries in a bowl

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  6. Add the gelatin to the strawberries; stir and set aside.

    gelatin and mashed strawberries in a bowl

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  7. Prepare the cake batter following the package directions.

    cake batter in a bowl

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  8. Spread the cake batter over marshmallows in pan. Spoon the strawberry and gelatin mixture evenly over the batter.

    mashed strawberry mixture poured over the cake batter in a baking dish

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  9. Bake at 350 F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

    baked cake in a baking dish

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  10. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool. If desired, invert the cake onto a platter or foil-covered cardboard.

    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

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  11. Cut the cake into squares and serve with whipped cream or whipped topping.

    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake cut into pieces

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