BEST Strawberry Cake
Oh my, dear readers, let me prepare you for the BEST Strawberry Cake of all time! 🙂 Once you taste this cake you will not feel like I’m exaggerating in the least! I probably have three or four different Strawberry Cake recipes. Most are very similar but this one is extraordinary. This spectacular cake recipe is rich–I mean REALLY rich, sweet and decadent. It’s almost to the pass out level it has so much sugar! It is so sweet that I can rarely finish one piece of cake (certainly not the slabs I like to eat). And this is coming from the Sweet Tooth Queen!!!!!!
I have used this recipe before with cupcakes and parts of the recipe for these Strawberry Almond Bars. It’s been one of my favorites since I first saw it on Pinterest years ago. Pureeing frozen strawberries and adding them to the cake with strawberry jello makes the cake delightful. Adding strawberry extract and pureed strawberries to the cream cheese icing makes this cake stand out even more.
Last month I made a meal for friends when she got home from the hospital after hip replacement surgery. The meal included Chicken Stroganoff, Creamy Strawberry Kiwi Salad, a loaf of one of my favorite breads, and this luscious cake for dessert. I got a text from that night raving over how much they enjoyed the cake. Then I sent another cake to my husband’s office and immediately got emails asking for the recipe!
This recipe ends up with a lot of leftover strawberry puree which you can drizzle over the cake (like I did), or use up in smoothies or other ways. But the cake is SO rich you may find it sweet enough without any other additions.
BEST Strawberry Cake is the perfect cake for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Easter, anniversaries, birthdays or other holidays when you want a divine cake that everyone’s sure to love.
This spectacular cake is featured at Favorite Southern Recipes here.
BEST Strawberry Cake truly lives up to its name. This cake is divine!
If you enjoy strawberries, you’ll love this cake.
BEST Strawberry Cake is the richest, sweetest most decadent cake ever!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the cake. Instead of water I substitute heavy whipping cream or half-and-half for a richer cake.
Combine cake mix and strawberry gelatin with a spoon.
Add eggs, oil and cream.
Puree thawed strawberries in a blender or Vitamix.
Add pureed strawberries to mixing bowl.
Whisk ingredients to combine.
Pour into three very well greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350 for approximately 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Make sure the cake is completely cooked through. Otherwise, it will be too fragile to work with and may even break apart.
Allow the cakes to cool completely. If you have time to freeze them for several hours, that’s optimal as the icing will spread easier with a frozen cake. But if not, at least allow the cakes to cool completely.
I used these ingredients to make the icing.
Cream softened cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add pureed strawberries.
Add strawberry extract.
Combine ingredients with an electric mixer until strawberries are worked into the batter. Begin creaming the powdered sugar into the icing one cup at a time until all is worked into the icing.
Yes, you will need the full seven cups of powdered sugar for this recipe.
Spread a layer of the icing on the bottom of your cake plate. This will prevent the cake from sliding off.
With a serrated bread knife, trim off any hard edges from the cake.
With an icing spreader, spread a thick layer of icing over top of the bottom cake layer.
Add another layer of cake (with the edges trimmed) and another layer of icing.
Add third cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake.
Add fresh strawberries to the top of the cake.
If desired, drizzle additional strawberry puree over top of the icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cut cake into pieces and
Here you can see there’s quite a bit of preserves leftover. They are wonderful drizzled over top of each cake slice too! 🙂
Here’s the recipe.
BEST STRAWBERRY CAKE
(Recipe adapted from Cooking With Crevolyn)
BEST Strawberry Cake is perfect for holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day!
Prepare yourself for a sugar high!
BEST Strawberry Cake is also a delightful cake to serve company.
Time to dig in and enjoy!