Sunday, April 4, 2010

Strawberry Cake

When it comes to Paula Deen, she never disappoints me with her desserts. Her pumpkin spice bars, her lemon bars and this delicious, perfect-for-Springtime Strawberry Cake. It is actually very easy to make because it uses a box cake mix, but just by adding a few extra ingredients, it totally turns it into something extraordinary. Here is the recipe, which I have adapted just a tad. Enjoy!

1 box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored gelatin (Jello)
1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
Garnish: Fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 round 9-inch cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add all the pureed strawberries, except for a 1/4 cup, eggs, oil and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Took 25 minutes for me.) Let cool in pans for 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread strawberry cream cheese frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with freshed strawberries, if desired.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup (or half a stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/4 cup strawberry pureed
1/2 tsp strawberry extract (don't worry if you can't find it, it just adds a little extra strawberry flavor. I didn't us it and it was still delicously strawberry-ish.)
7 cups confectioners' sugar (Yes, 7 cups!)

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in puree and extract. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.

You of course could buy a cream cheese frosting and just add the strawberry ingredients, but this really is easy to make. Like me, you'll probably have extra frosting, I always seem to. Save it, make a batch of sugar cookies or vanilla cupcakes and frost with the leftovers.

1 comment:

  1. Looks amazing, definitely good to use the strawberries before they are gone!