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Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 box white cake mix (16.25 ounces)
  • 1 package strawberry flavored gelatin (3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup milk 2%
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry puree

STRAWBERRY FROSTING

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (plus more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, gelatin, milk, oil, eggs and fresh strawberry puree.
  • Beat on low speed until mixed, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans (*see instructions below for 9×13 cake pan*).
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 29 minutes, or until the top of the cake bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the Frosting
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the softened butter for 1-2 minutes until nearly white in a appearance.
  • Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Beat on low for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Mix in the heavy cream* and another 2 cups of powdered sugar. Beat on low for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and the strawberry jam. Beat on low speed until mixed, then beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until the frosting is creamy and smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • To Frosting the Cake:
  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate.
  • Spread frosting on top of the first layer.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting.
  • Use the remaining frosting to frost the top and sides of the layer cake.
  • Optional: Decorate the top middle of the cake with a few tablespoons of strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.
  • Store at room temperature until serving, then store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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