This is a very easy cake to make in a hurry that is still very delicious and worthy of a family gathering. The basic recipe has been around forever and used in our household over and over.
It’s one of those basic recipes that is super simple to change out the flavors with different flavors of gelatin and fruit. Try peach, raspberry, apricot, blackberry or cherry! Use orange juice concentrate in place of puréed fruit for a very refreshing cake. All very flavors good!
Strawberry buttercream frosting is really yummy on this cake, but this time I decided to use a refreshing Cool Whip strawberry frosting to lighten it up. By the way… The Cool Whip flavored this way is great in a trifle or just spooned into perfect cups with fresh fruit.
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Here’s a beginning bakers guide to preparing your cake pans.
Purée frozen strawberries to be added to cake batter.
Slowly pour purée into the batter.
Separate cake batter evenly in two cake pans that have been lightly greased and floured.
This is a dense, moist cake that will need to be checked often for doneness.
Simple Strawberry Cake
1 box of white cake mix
1 box of strawberry gelatin (3 oz instant)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 package frozen strawberries in syrup (around 15 oz)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare two cake pans by lightly greasing and flouring them.
Purée strawberries in a blender or food processor. Or, just mash them with a fork. It will still be good!
Combine cake mix and gelatin in a large mixing bowl. Add oil, water, eggs and puréed strawberries. Mix at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Pour evenly into prepared pans. Bake 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. (Ovens vary, so check early and often) Let pans cool 10 minutes before inverting them on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the quick, light frosting...
Purée fresh strawberries and add to Cool Whip in a medium mixing bowl.
Wisk the strawberries into the Cool Whip until smooth.
Strawberry Cool Whip Frosting
1 (16 oz) container Cool Whip
2/3 pint fresh strawberries (more for decoration if you’d like)
1 teaspoon sugar
Spoon Cool Whip into a medium mixing bowl.
In a blender (or magic bullet) purée the 2/3 pint fresh strawberries and sugar until smooth. Pour into cool whip and whip with a white wisk until completely blended. Frost cake with this mixture when completely cool. Decorate with fresh strawberries, if desired. Store cake in the refrigerator.