Delicious Strawberry Cake and Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Marsha D.

Saw this recipe in the "Cooking with Paula Deen" magazine and wanted to save the recipe for myself and share it with you as well. :) Looks so delicious I can't wait to make it. When preparing the frosting you will have left over "strawberry puree" to use for another time. (<this is stated in the directions)

Top Review by novamama141

I've never had a Paula Deen recipe let me down before, but this one needs updating to adapt to changes in the products it calls for as ingredients. 18.25 ounce cake mixes and frozen sliced strawberries in syrup seem to be a thing of the past, not available in my grocery stores, so I substituted a 16.25 ounce cake mix and fresh strawberries. The cake came out heavy, and a day later it has the consistency of bread pudding. I don't usually blame a recipe when the cook makes substitutions, but in this case I had no choice; the ingredients it calls for aren't available anymore. I also agree with other reviewers that the frosting had too much sugar and not enough cream cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 12 cup oil
  • 14 cup water
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 14 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
  • 12 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 7 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat Oven to 350'.
  2. Lightly grease 2 round 9 inch cake pans and lightly flour insides.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and strawberry gelatin.
  4. Add strawberries, eggs,oil, and water.
  5. Using a electric hand mixer ( or a Kitchen Aid Mixer) beat on medium speed until smooth.
  6. Pour into greased prepared pans and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from pans and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. When the cakes are cooling prepare the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting.
  10. In another large mixing bowl using a electric hand mixer (or Kitchen Aid Mixer), beat together butter and cream cheese on medium speed until creamy.
  11. Add in 1/4c. strawberry puree, reserving the remaining for another use.
  12. Add in the strawberry extract.
  13. Slowly add in the confectioners sugar and beat until smooth.
  14. When the cake rounds have cooled spread the strawberry frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake.
  15. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.
  16. Note: For pinker frosting add 2 to 3 drops of red food coloring to the frosting.

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