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Make this Paula Deen Strawberry Cake for someone special today. Two round cakes are stacked and frosted for a beautiful strawberry cake recipe.

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This copycat cat strawberry cake recipe is delicious and easy to make. Start with a white cake mix and mix with box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin for amazing strawberry flavor.

The easy dessert recipe is made with two light and spongy round cake and frosted with a cream cheese frosting. It is the perfect amount of sweetness and is perfect for any special occasion.

If you love strawberry desserts as much as I do, you must try this Strawberry Pie or Strawberry Angel Food Cake Recipe.

Ingredients 

Ingredients needed for Strawberry Cake white cake mix, strawberry jello, frozen strawberries, eggs, oil, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, fresh strawberries

For the Cake: 

  • White Cake Mix (18 ounces)
  • Strawberry Jell-O (3 ounces) 
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Large Eggs 
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Water 

For the Frosting

  • Softened Butter
  • Cream Cheese (8 ounces – softened) 
  • Frozen Strawberries 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Fresh Strawberries (for garnish) 

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Variation Ideas

  • Strawberry Extract – For more strawberry flavor, add in teaspoon strawberry extract.
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting – Make strawberry cream cheese frosting for amazing flavor.

How to Make Paula Deen Strawberry Cake: 

Make the Cake: 

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly Grease two 9-inch round cake pans and line them with parchment paper.  
Frozen strawberries in a food processor with a bowl of jello and cake mix

Step 2 – Puree the frozen strawberries for the cake and frosting in a food processor or blender.  

Mixing the cake and gelatin together in a bowl

Step 3 – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix and gelatin.

Adding in the crushed strawberries, eggs, oil and water with the cake mix

Step 4 – Add in 15 ounces of the strawberries, eggs, oil and water.  Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth and combined in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth.

Two round baked cakes on a wire rack

Step 5 – Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Then bake for 20 minutes to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.  

  • Step 6 – Leave cake in pans for 10 minutes to allow the cakes to cool.  Then remove the cakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. 

How to Make Frosting

Beating the cream cheese and butter together with mixers in a bowl

Step 1 – In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with a hand held electric mixer. You can also use a stand up mixer until smooth and creamy.  

Adding in the strawberry puree into the butter mixture

Step 2 – Add in the remaining strawberry puree and mix until combined. 

Adding in the powdered sugar into the strawberry mixture

Step 3 – Reduce the mixer speed to low. Then gradually add in the confectioners sugar (1 cup at a time) until the frosting is smooth and combined. 

Frosted two layer cake on a cake stand

Step 4 – Place one of the cakes on a serving plate.  Top the cake with approximately ⅓ of the frosting. Place the 2nd cake on top. Then use the remaining frosting to frost the sides and the top of the cake.  

  • Step 5 – Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. 
  • Step 6 – Garnish with the fresh strawberries when serving and enjoy.  

Recipe Tips

  • Prepare Pan – Make sure to grease pan before adding in cake mix batter.
  • Strawberries – For the best flavors blend the strawberries in a food processor.
  • Combining Ingredients – Continue beating until smooth with the hand mixer.
  • Baking Cake – Bake cake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Strawberry Cake on a cake plate

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Strawberry Cake on a cake plate

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Paula Deen Strawberry Cake

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Make this Paula Deen Strawberry Cake for someone special today. Two round cakes are stacked and frosted for a beautiful strawberry cake recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 486

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 box White Cake Mix 18 ounces
  • 1 box Strawberry Jell-O 3 ounces
  • 15 ounces Frozen Strawberries
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water

For the Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup Butter softened
  • 1 package Cream Cheese 8 ounces – softened
  • 2 ounces Frozen Strawberries
  • 7 cups Powdered Sugar
  • Fresh Strawberries for garnish

Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease two 9 inch cake pans and line them with parchment paper.
  • Puree the frozen strawberries for the cake and frosting in a food processor or blender.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix and the strawberry Jell-O mix.
  • Add in 15 ounces of the strawberry puree, eggs, oil and water.  Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth and combined.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pan for approximately 10 minutes.  Then remove the cakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with a hand held or stand up mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the remaining strawberry puree and mix until combined.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and then gradually add in the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until the frosting is smooth and combined.
  • Place one of the cakes on a serving plate.  Top the cake with approximately ⅓ of the frosting.
  • Place the 2nd cake on top and use the remaining frosting to frost the sides and the top of the cake.
  • Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 486kcal, Carbohydrates 92g, Protein 4g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 52mg, Sodium 308mg, Potassium 89mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 76g, Vitamin A 163IU, Vitamin C 19mg, Calcium 89mg, Iron 1mg

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