Today I am sharing with you one of my family’s most prized, most DELICIOUS recipes: strawberry cake!
So, here’s the funny thing: I’m not a cake person. I don’t dislike cake by any means, but I don’t typically prefer it to other desserts. Let’s put it this way: if I have the option of a cookie or piece of cake, I’m going cookie 100% of the time. If I have the option of a cake or nothing, I will obviously eat the cake (because no dessert is never an option.)
However, there is an exception to every rule, & this strawberry cake is that exception.
Aside from its incredible taste & texture (which I will get to in a moment,) the reason I love this cake so much is that its a family tradition. This recipe originally came from my grandmother, Mary Jo Naus, who was not esteemed as a particularly good cook. However, from what my mom tells me, her strawberry cake, blonde brownies & chili were amazing.
My grandmother made strawberry cake for my mom’s birthday every year, just as my mom did for my sister Audrey & I growing up. It just doesn’t feel like a birthday in our house without strawberry cake. Somehow, my mom always found a way to make us this cake on our birthdays, even if we were on vacation or in a foreign country with limited ingredients (this happened.)
Now, you’re going to look at the list of ingredients below & laugh. How could these ingredients make something even halfway edible? Cake mix & Jell-O do not sound like a good combination to me, either. But, you gotta trust me on this one. Somehow, these odd ingredients magically come together to create the best cake in the universe. I am not overselling nor over-dramaticizing this. Each bite is an explosion of strawberry goodness that is so velvety & fluffy & perfect. This cake is never dry, & always full of bright, strawberry flavor. Non-cake lovers and cake-lovers will finally unite around this strawberry cake. World peace at last.
In addition to solving world peace, the other great thing is that this is SUCH an easy recipe. One bowl, few ingredients. Even more important, you never need to worry about decorating this cake, as its beautiful pink color is decoration enough.
Nick & I have made strawberry cake new birthday tradition in our family as well! While he always has an ice cream cake, I made him a strawberry cake as his second birthday cake this year. If you make this cake, I assure you it will turn into a tradition for your family too!
- 1 box white cake mix
- 3 tablespoons flour (heaping)
- 1 small package strawberry gelatin (can use sugar-free)
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup water
- ½ package frozen strawberries
- ½ stick butter, softened
- ½ package frozen strawberries
- 1 10-oz box powdered sugar
- NOTE: If fresh strawberries are available, you can use those in place of the frozen berries! Simply use ½ cup of fresh strawberries in the cake and ½ cup in the icing.
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 cake pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, flour and gelatin.
- Add in oil and eggs and beat until well combined.
- Mix in water and strawberries.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and make for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Frost with below frosting. Let sit on counter or refrigerator until icing sets up.
- With an electric mixer, cream softened butter with half a package of frozen strawberries.
- Add in powdered sugar until icing has a good spreading consistency. (If you want it thicker, add in more powdered sugar)