Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix

1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin

1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed

4 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed

1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract

7 cups confectioners' sugar

Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  4. For the frosting:
  5. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
  6. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.