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Mamaw Emily’s Strawberry Cake

My husband loved his Mamaw's strawberry cake recipe. He thought no one could duplicate it. I made it, and it’s just as scrumptious as he remembers. —Jennifer Bruce, Manitou, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottoms of 2 greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, gelatin, sugar and flour. Add water, oil and eggs; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Fold in chopped strawberries. Transfer to prepared pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in crushed strawberries. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to reach desired consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Strawberry Cake Tips

How Do I Make a Cake More Moist?

First, make sure you're following best practices for not making your cake dry! Don't overbake, measure ingredients carefully, and if the recipe calls for butter, make sure you're using the real stuff instead of margarine or a butter substitute. Then, try some of these tricks for upping the moisture: • If you're making a box cake, a small amount of mayo (1/4 to 1/2 cup) added to the batter will make your cake more tender and moist without interfering with the chemistry. And you won't taste the mayo, we promise! • Try mixing flours. If the recipe calls for all-purpose flour, try replacing half of it with cake flour for a more tender crumb. Or, replacing 25% of the all-purpose flour with almond flour or coconut flour—the higher fat content adds moisture. • Brush baked layers with liqueur or a simple syrup. Let the liquid soak in before adding frosting; if you use this trick, it's more vital than ever to use a crumb coat.

Can I put Fresh Fruit in a Cake Mix?

Yes, but you do need to be careful to avoid adding too much liquid to the batter. Cut the fruit into small pieces, and pat it dry with a paper towel. Toss the fruit with a little bit of flour (or cocoa powder, if you're making a chocolate cake) before folding it gently into the batter. The flour coating will keep the fruit from leaking into the cake and help prevent the fruit from sinking the bottom of the pan. You can add pureed fruit to a cake mix; a mix is much more tolerant of that kind of fiddling than a scratch cake.

Can I add Fresh Fruit to My Cake Frosting?

• Pureed fruit makes a great addition to classic buttercream frosting; just increase the amount of powdered sugar and reduce the amount of milk as needed to keep a spreadable consistency. • A homemade strawberry compote makes a great topping for a plain vanilla cake, but can also be used between layers of a layer cake—either on its own, or on top of a thin layer of the main frosting flavor.

What Can I Do with Strawberries that are Getting Old?

If you're eating berries straight in a bowl, the fresher the better! But if your berries are looking a little long in the tooth, they're still great for baking and using in recipes.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 532 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 85g carbohydrate (69g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • gjulie15
    Jul 15, 2020

    Delicious cake could I bake this in a bundt cake.pan?

  • Terri
    Jul 8, 2020

    My family loved it! I added a small amount of crushed dried strawberries to both the cake and frosting to boost the flavor. Family loved it!

  • OwlTree
    Jun 29, 2020

    This is the exact same recipe that my MIL used to make strawberry cakes back in the 1960's. It was my late husband's favorite cake. It is very easy to make and is absolutely delicious.

  • Kimberly
    Jun 25, 2020

    This is a favorite and so easy. Always comes out perfect!

  • Jackie
    Jun 22, 2020

    I made my daughter this cake for her birthday, and she now would like me to make it every year to celebrate her birthday. Yay. Found a cake she enjoys. Thank you. :)

  • Emily
    Jun 21, 2020

    I use this recipe so much I decided I should finally leave a review! Everyone begs me to make it for every event. Could not recommend more

  • Jannine
    Jun 9, 2020

    Made this cake yesterday and it has already vanished! So simple to make and everyone enjoyed it

  • tsuop
    Jun 1, 2020

    This is ok......but my Mamaw would NEVER use a mix!!

  • Lenora
    May 21, 2020

    I made this cake it was very delicious

  • Sheila
    May 14, 2020

    This cake is delicious, very moist, very good strawberry flavor. Is my favorite strawberry cake of all time.