Strawberry-Pecan Cake

Strawberry on cake
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yield: 1 cake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
638 Calories
33g Fat
84g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 638
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 31%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 144mg 3%
*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.)

Bake this strawberry cake in two or three layers. The strawberry-flavored gelatin gives the cake mix batter color and extra flavor along with coconut, mashed fresh strawberries, and pecans.

The cream cheese frosting includes more strawberries and pecans. If you're short on time, use a purchased cream cheese frosting or basic vanilla frosting in the recipe.


  • 1 (18- to 21-ounce) package yellow cake mix

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry-flavored gelatin

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 cup mashed strawberries, fresh or frozen, if using frozen, drain some of the juice and reserve

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature

  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup mashed strawberries, drain and reserve juice

  • 5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix cake mix with strawberry-flavored gelatin.

  2. Add oil, eggs, coconut, gelatin, and milk; and beat until well blended.

  3. Stir in 1 cup mashed strawberries and 1 cup pecans.

  4. Bake in 3 generously greased and floured 8- or 9-inch round layer pans at 350 F for 35 minutes, or until cake tests done.

  5. To make the frosting, cream together cream cheese and butter; mix in vanilla and powdered sugar until firm but spreadable. Stir in drained strawberries and pecans.

  6. Drizzle cooled layers with reserved juice then spread with a layer of icing; ice sides and top.

  7. Store cake in an airtight container or wrapping; refrigerate. Lightly touch cake in the center with a finger; if it springs back, the cake is done.