BEST EVER STRAWBERRY CAKE

Prepare to elevate your dessert game with our enchanting Strawberry Cake recipe. This delightful creation blends the simplicity of a white cake mix with the vibrant essence of strawberries, resulting in a moist and flavorful treat that’s perfect for any celebration. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned pro, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your repertoire.

Why Strawberry Cake?

Strawberry Cake is the epitome of indulgence with its luscious strawberry-infused layers and creamy cream cheese icing. This recipe offers a delightful balance of sweetness and a burst of fruity freshness, making it an ideal choice for birthdays, gatherings, or whenever you crave a slice of pure bliss.

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 (3 Oz) box strawberry jello
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil (canola oil works well)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pureed strawberries (1 cup for the cake, 1 cup for the icing)
  • 4 eggs

Directions

  1. Prepare the Cake Batter:
  • Combine cake mix, flour, strawberry jello, and water in a bowl.
  • Add oil and eggs one at a time, beating well between additions.
  • Incorporate one cup of pureed strawberries into the batter and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Pour the batter into a well-greased and floured 9×13 pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  1. Cream Cheese Icing:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine softened butter, softened cream cheese, and one cup of frozen or fresh pureed strawberries.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and mix with a mixer until creamy.
  1. Assemble and Garnish:
  • Once the cake has cooled, spread the cream cheese icing over the top.
  • Optionally, garnish with whole strawberries or drizzle additional pureed strawberries on top.

Pro Tips and Shortcuts

  • Fresh vs. Frozen Strawberries: While fresh strawberries offer optimal flavor, frozen ones work well, especially for the icing. Ensure to thaw and drain excess liquid before pureeing.
  • Speedy Icing: Use a store-bought cream cheese icing for a quicker assembly without compromising taste.
  • Cupcake Variation: Turn this recipe into strawberry cupcakes for individual servings. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowls
  • 9×13 baking pan
  • Mixer
  • Spatula for icing

Leftover Storage

Store any leftover Strawberry Cake in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. Cover the cake with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. Consume within 3-4 days for the best taste.

Pairing Suggestions

  • Beverage Pairing: Enjoy a slice with a cup of hot tea or iced coffee for a delightful contrast.
  • Serve with Ice Cream: Elevate your dessert experience by serving each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use a different flavor of jello?
A: Absolutely! Experiment with flavors like raspberry or cherry to customize the cake to your liking.

Q: Can I make the cake ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can bake the cake a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Add the icing just before serving for a fresh finish.

Q: Can I use a different type of oil in the cake?
A: Certainly! Vegetable oil or melted butter can be suitable alternatives to canola oil.

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