Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
182 Calories
1g Fat
41g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 182
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 270mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 26mg 131%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 84mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 the garnish. This is an excellent cake to bake and share with friends and family.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

  • 2 pints strawberries

  • 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. Preheat oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.

    Greased baking pan

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  3. Sprinkle miniature marshmallows evenly over bottom of pan.

    Sprinkle the miniature marshmallows evenly over the bottom of the pan

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

    Chopped strawberries on a cutting board

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

    Mashed strawberries in a bowl

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

    Gelatin and mashed strawberries in a bowl

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  7. Prepare cake batter following package directions.

    Cake batter in a bowl

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

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

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  9. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

    Baked cake in a baking dish

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

    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

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

    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake cut into pieces

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