I’ve never been a great fan of Spring. Living in the South, I knew all too well that it would last a few weeks, and then we’d be mired in Summer for what seemed like years. Since our move last fall to New York, though, it seems I’ve had a change of heart. I am actually excited about Spring! I stop on the streets and in the parks to take pictures of flowers and blooming trees. I have happily put away my scarves and boots until cooler weather.
This Easter, as I was basking in the early Spring-ness of New York, I decided that our meal should include something befitting of this beautiful season. In an unusual turn of events, I went with a non-chocolate dessert. You’re shocked, I know.
This cake features strawberries, and it does so quite boldly, I might add. It is also perhaps the sweetest cake I’ve ever made. Small slices are your friend. It’s absolutely beautiful in all its pink glory. It’s also very sweet. Did I mention that? It was also just the right ending to our Easter meal.
While I do like baking from scratch, I’m not one to turn up my nose at a recipe that uses a cake mix. Some of my favorite cakes have started that way. You baking purists may want to move on to the archives and find something else like this or maybe this. The rest of you, hold your head high and add cake mix, Jell-O, and frozen strawberries to your shopping lists.
- 1 18.25-ounce box white cake mix
- 1 3-ounce box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
- 15 ounces frozen strawberries in sugar, thawed and pureed
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3 ounces frozen strawberries in sugar, thawed and pureed
- 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
- strawberries for garnish (optional)
To make the cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease/spray 2 (or 3) 9-inch round cake pans.
Combine cake mix and gelatin in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat in pureed strawberries, eggs, oils, and water until smooth. Pour batter into pans, dividing the batter equally between them.
Bake 25-30 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool in pans 15 minutes. Then, remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
To make the frosting:
With an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Beat in strawberries. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth.
Spread frosting on cake, covering between layers, on top, and on the sides. Garnish with fresh strawberries.