Bobby’s Lighter Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

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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

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Reader Comments:


this was very good thank you paula deen

By Anonymous on January 10, 2012


Dear,paula I love your cooking I always wanted to cook with your cakes are so good

By maya on January 04, 2012


By Anne on March 16, 2011


Have made this cake several time, this time I am making it for the girls at work. This is such a simple & delicous cake! It's one of my favorites! Love it! Thank you to Lady Paula for creating & Mr. Bobby for making it lighter!

By Anonymous on November 13, 2010


Yum! I used this recipe to make cupcakes, and they were the tastiest cupcakes I've ever eaten. The only thing I would say is that it took a lot longer than 20 minutes for the cupcakes to bake (at least 25 minutes), so I would imagine if you were baking this as a layer cake, it would take at least 30 minutes.

By Anonymous on September 08, 2010


amazing! i made this for my friends party and everyone ate it, the extras were eaten for breakfast! its Delicious!

By Anonymous on June 27, 2010

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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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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