If you love strawberries then you’re going to love this cake, it’s one of the best desserts ever!! A moist and delicious strawberry cake topped with a strawberry cream cheese frosting!
It starts simply with a white cake mix, add in a box of strawberry Jello, and frozen real strawberries. The cream cheese frosting is full of strawberries, too. That beautiful pink frosting comes from freeze dried strawberries which lends lots of flavor.
This is the perfect cake for pretty much any holiday. I love to make it in the Spring. I often take it to potluck dinners and everyone is always asking me for the recipe.
Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
FOR THE CAKE:
- 1 white cake mix
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 3 ounce package Strawberry Jell-O
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries thawed, drained
FOR THE FROSTING
- 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13″ baking pan. (I used a Pyrex baking dish)
Combine cake mix, flour, oil, water, eggs and Jell-O in your mixer. I mixed for 2 minutes. Gently fold in frozen strawberries.
Pour into prepared 9×13” baking pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes. Use the “toothpick test” to make sure cake is done in the middle. *May need to go a little longer
Let cool completely before frosting.
Using a blender or food processor, process the freeze-dried strawberries into a powdery crumb. You should have around 1/2 cup. Set aside.
In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, strawberry powder, cream cheese, and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then switch to high speed and beat for 2 minutes. Taste. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
Cover and store leftover frosting for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Add frosting to cooled cake
Decorate with fresh strawberries
Where to buy freeze-dried strawberries? I always find them in my regular grocery store in the dried fruit aisle. Walmart carries them, as well as Trader Joe’s and Target. Keep your eyes peeled– they’re more commonly found than you think! If you can’t find them in your store you can always find them on Amazon.
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