“Tasted just like my mom’s! She grew up pinching pennies so they always had this at the holidays.”

This delightful recipe lives up to its name! It’s a vibrant and flavorful cake bursting with fresh strawberries in every bite. Made with a boxed cake mix and homemade strawberry icing, it’s surprisingly easy to prepare, perfect for a summer potluck or a delightful afternoon treat.


Best Ever Strawberry Cake



For the Cake:


Ingredient Quantity
White Cake Mix 1 box
Plain Flour 3 tbsp
Strawberry Jello (3 oz box) 1 box
Water 1/2 cup
Canola Oil 3/4 cup
Fresh or Frozen Strawberries (pureed) 1 cup
Eggs 4

For the Icing:

Ingredient Quantity
Strawberries (pureed, reserved from cake batter) 1 cup
Unsalted Butter, Softened 1/2 cup
Powdered Sugar 4 cups
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp


  1. Preheat and Prep: Heat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Mix the Dry Cake Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix, plain flour, and strawberry Jello.

  3. Combine the Wet Cake Ingredients: In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds to combine the water, canola oil, 1 cup of pureed strawberries, and eggs. Then, increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until smooth.

  4. Fill and Bake the Cakes: Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  5. Cool the Cakes: Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Cream the Butter for Icing: Using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter in a large bowl until creamy.

  7. Gradually Add Powdered Sugar: Slowly add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.

  8. Incorporate Strawberries and Vanilla: Add the remaining 1 cup of pureed strawberries and the vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until the icing is smooth and fluffy.

  9. Assemble the Cake: Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate and spread a layer of strawberry icing on top.

  10. Frost and Decorate: Add the second cake layer and frost the entire cake with the remaining icing. You can decorate with fresh strawberries if desired.

  11. Slice and Serve: Cut the cake into slices and enjoy your homemade strawberry delight!

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