Easy Strawberry Cake combines fresh strawberries with a boxed cake mix for a cake that’s a cinch to throw together but tastes completely homemade! Pair strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting for the ultimate summer dessert!
I had no idea how strongly I felt about temperature control until I got married…and then bought a house…that didn’t have air conditioning.
The Mr. and I bought this lovely old home almost six years ago. It was the middle of winter, and we were all rosy cheeks and hot chocolate with our dandy new furnace keeping us nice and toasty.
Well, it turns out Winter eventually ends (this would have been a good thing to remember when buying a house), and somewhere at the end of May there comes this wretched, awful, despicable thing called “I feel like I’m breathing in sweat and my thighs are sticking together!” I think the weather man calls it “humidity”. Whatever. Same thing.
It just so happens right around the same time this “humidity” thing comes around, I transform from my usual upbeat, cheery self into a sweaty, grouchy hag. I always thought I was good at roughing it. I loved camping when I was a kid. Surely, I’d be fine without air conditioning.
I was wrong. And I really shouldn’t have been surprised. I think I probably developed an allergy to the heat when I was a kid. My dad was a professional HVAC installer and I’m pretty sure he turbo charged our A/C. Our house was kept at sweatshirt wearing temperature year round.
It wasn’t long before we were calling up my brother and begging him to save us from the heat. It had to be done…if not for the sake of my miserable self, at least for the sake of my marriage.
Thanks to that wonderful brother of mine, we’ve been enjoying cool, crisp, precisely 71 degree air in our home for the last five years. This air comes with several benefits including increased positivity, extreme optimism, and the ability to turn on the oven and bake a cake in the middle of the summer.
And when you’ve got a cake as good as this Easy Strawberry Cake, you’re definitely going to want to fire up the oven.
How to Make Strawberry Cake
This strawberry cake starts with a boxed mix, but have no fear, the flavor is anything but boxed! The cake is light and fluffy and dotted with bits of fresh strawberries. It’s full of sweet, tart flavor and has the cheeriest bright pink color.
And, thanks to cake mix and strawberry jello, you can whip this up in a jiffy. All you need is some fresh sliced strawberries on top to impress the pants off everyone who tries it.
To make the cake:
- Whisk together a yellow cake mix, strawberry jello, flour, baking soda, and sugar.
- Add in the vegetable oil followed by the eggs.
- Finally, stir in the fresh strawberries and water. That’s it! Your cake is ready to go in the oven.
You can have this strawberry cake mixed up and ready to go in 20 minutes flat!
Strawberry Layer Cake vs. Strawberry Sheet Cake
I am usually a sheet cake kind of girl (see this Carrot Sheet Cake), but I really love to make this recipe as a strawberry layer cake. The bright pink color just looks so lovely as a layer cake. That said, you can absolutely convert this to a sheet cake recipe. Here are the approximate baking times you’ll need for different pan sizes:
2 8 inch round cakes: Bake 27-32 minutes
2 9 inch round cakes: Bake 25-30 minutes
1 9 x 13 inch sheet pan: Bake 27-30 minutes
TIP: With any layer cakes where you need to remove the cake from the pans in order to serve, I recommend cutting a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan. Grease the pans, layer with parchment paper, then grease and flour the parchment and sides before filling the pans.
What Frosting Goes with Strawberry Cake?
I will serve strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting forever and ever, amen. I just adore the tanginess of an amazing cream cheese frosting against the sweet strawberry cake.
I also love this cream cheese frosting recipe. It’s the same one I use for Carrot Sheet Cake. It’s not too sweet, and it definitely allows the cream cheese flavor to shine!
That said, I know a few
weirdos friends who love pairing strawberry cake with buttercream frosting. Feel free to switch it up if that’s what you prefer. Here is my favorite buttercream frosting recipe.
I prefer to frost these layer cakes naked style, as I love the way the pink color peeks through, but you can frost it completely if you prefer. This great tutorial shows you how to frost a layer cake.
Tips For Making Easy Strawberry Cake + Common Questions
Do I need to refrigerate strawberry cake?
The short answer is no, but I do recommend refrigeration, because it will keep longer in the fridge.
How to store strawberry cake:
Wrap any cooled, unfrosted cake layers in saran wrap and store at room temperature or in the fridge.
Place frosted strawberry cake in the fridge and allow the frosting to harden for 20-30 minutes then loosely wrap with saran wrap. If the cake is sliced, press saran wrap over the exposed sides to keep it from drying out, or cover with more frosting.
How long does strawberry cake last?
The cake will keep for at least 3 days and up to a week if stored in the fridge.
This is my absolute favorite cake for summer, and maybe of all time. (Don’t tell The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake I said that!)
I’m not the only one who loves it though. When my previous coworkers celebrated birthdays, they always requested this cake. When I need something impressive for a summer potluck, I make this cake. It’s a favorite of many of my friends and for good reason. Whether you’re lucky enough to have A/C or not, this cake is definitely worth turning on the oven!
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 103mg Sodium: 221mg Carbohydrates: 49g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 45g Protein: 4g