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Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

By Paula Deen
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 15

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 oz) box white cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
  • 1 (15 oz) package thawed and pureed, plus 1/4 cup puree for frosting frozen strawberries in syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 (8 oz) package softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 7 cups confectioner's sugar
  • freshly sliced for garnish, optional strawberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed (15 oz) strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

For the frosting:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioner’s sugar, beating until smooth.

Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.