Bobby’s Lighter Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

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Bobby’s Lighter Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

By Bobby Deen

771 Fewer Calories
29g Less Fat


1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
3 tablespoons sugar-free strawberry jam
1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1 (0.30-ounce) package sugar-free strawberry gelatin
3 large egg whites
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Fresh Strawberries for garnish (optional)

Strawberry cream cheese frosting:

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons softened butter
1/4 cup sugar-free strawberry jam
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional


Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray. Line with wax-paper rounds; spray with nonstick spray.
Puree the strawberries and jam in a food processor. Set aside.
Combine the cake mix and gelatin in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the strawberry puree, egg whites, oil, and water with hand mixer at medium speed until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Invert the layers onto racks and remove the wax paper; let cool completely.

For the frosting: With clean beaters, beat the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with a hand mixer until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the jam and the strawberry extract. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1/3 of the frosting over the cake layer. Top with the remaining layer. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with the strawberries, if using.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 16 servings

Per Serving: (1 slice) 318 Cal (37% from Fat, 4% from Protein, 60% from Carb); 3 g Protein; 14 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 50 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 37 g Sugar; 56 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 317 mg Sodium; 11 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.

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Reader Comments:


Absolutly amazing!!!! My favorie cake and it was light. It is excellent with fresh strawberries on top! Great recipe.

By Bob on October 19, 2013


Loved it!

By Anonymous on August 14, 2013

Thanks for the lighter recipes. Having had gastric bypass surgery I have had to go sugar free. With doing this I have found that to make cream cheese frosting splenda can be used and it is wonderful. Also if a person didn’t want the cream cheese frosting, we have used light whipped topping to frost our strawberry cakes. LOVE this recipe,

By Kim Waldrop on August 26, 2010

Hi Bobby,
I’m all in to eating lighter, I see the looks runs in the family, your mother is so pretty,I just love her, and her stuff she has out. an you are a very hansome man,
Have a lovely day!

By Ellen Adkins on July 23, 2010

hey bobby, thanks for lightening up moms recipes. her cooking is excellent, but for us that have to kinda watch what we cook, your idea for lighter food is perfect. i am going to make the strawberry cake today and thanks to you i can really splurge and enjoy. keep up the good work

donna schneider

By DONNA SCHNEIDER on June 30, 2010

Thanks SO much for taking the time to re-work some of these recipes Bobby!! I have loved your Mom and her recipes for years, but have moved away from using a lot of them as I have needed to make some healthier food choices. I am so excited to be able to revisit some of these delicious “new classics” . I hope you’ll consider puting a book together with your updated recipes.
Much luck and happiness to you all!!

By Amy on May 19, 2010

With strawberries in now this is just what I need to make for my husband that is a diabetic, and both of us need to watch our calories. We love strawberry cake but this will be my forever recipe. Thanks, Bobby! Could you do something with chocolate maybe….

By Penny Hall on May 18, 2010

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