|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 24g||30%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||44%|
|Total Carbohydrate 93g||34%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 74g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||43%|
|*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.|
This easy strawberry cake (or cupcakes) starts with a white cake mix and a box of strawberry gelatin. Fresh strawberries help to flavor the cake and the creamy frosting. Use fresh or frozen thawed strawberries in this recipe.
The gussied-up cake mix makes a beautiful cake or cupcakes, and it is perfect for a spring party or weekend dessert.
Unsalted butter, for the pan
All-purpose flour, for the pan
1 package white or yellow cake mix
1 (3-ounce) package strawberry-flavored gelatin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup strawberries, mashed
For the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup pureed fresh strawberries
5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 2 (8- or 9-inch) round cake pans or 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake liners.
Combine white or yellow cake mix and strawberry-flavored gelatin powder in a large bowl.
Beat in vegetable oil, eggs, water, and 3/4 cup of mashed strawberries.
Divide batter between 2 prepared cake pans or among lined muffin pans.
Bake for 30 minutes for cake or about 18 to 20 minutes for cupcakes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool cake or cupcakes in pan on racks for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans onto racks to cool completely.
For frosting, beat butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add 4 tablespoons mashed or pureed strawberries and about 5 cups of confectioners' sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add more confectioners' sugar to thicken, if needed.
Spread frosting between cake layers and then frost top and sides of cake. Or spread or pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
- If you have extra strawberry puree, brush a little over the layers before frosting the cake.
- To make the frosting with less sugar, cut back on the mashed or pureed strawberries.
- If you don't have enough fresh strawberry puree for the frosting, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of strawberry preserves to the frosting.
- Replace the homemade cream cheese frosting with a tub (or two) of store-bought cream cheese frosting. Add 4 tablespoons of mashed strawberries or strawberry preserves to the frosting for color and flavor.