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Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake

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Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 to 50 minutes

Servings: 1 (13x9-inch) cake

Ingredients

Strawberry Sheet Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry gelatin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • fresh strawberries, for garnish

Directions

Strawberry Sheet Cake

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and gelatin with a mixer at medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating at low speed just until combined after each addition. Stir in chopped strawberries. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt with a mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.

Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating at low speed until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add strawberries; beat at medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute.

Spread frosting onto cooled cake. Garnish with strawberries, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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