11 April 2012

Triple Decker Strawberry Cake

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 I clearly have berries on the brain right now.  All I want to do this weekend is whip up my favorite strawberry cake and sit down with a fork and a glass of ice cold milk and go to town.  Proceed with caution to the following recipe; the frosting is highly addictive.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Triple Decker Strawberry Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix NO pudding*
1 (3-ounce) package strawberry gelatin
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Garnish: whole strawberries

Beat the cake mix and next 7 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Scrape down the sides, and beat at medium speed 2 more minutes, stopping to scrape down sides, if needed. (Strawberries should be well blended into batter.) Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cakepans.

Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger.

Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Spread Strawberry Buttercream Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately, or chill up to 1 week.

*Duncan Hines is about the only brand that makes white cake mix without pudding.

To make ahead: Place finished cake in the refrigerator, uncovered, and chill for 20 minutes or until the frosting sets. Cover well with wax paper, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To freeze, wrap chilled cake with aluminum foil, and freeze up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
2 (16-ounce) packages powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 20 seconds or until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and chopped strawberries, beating at low speed until creamy. (Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, or add strawberries if too thick.)


Sunkissed and Southern said...

this looks so freaking good. thanks for sharing!

Lexilooo said...

that looks amazing!

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

I'm so making this for my husband's birthday coming up! His favorite cake is strawberry cake and his mom always brings him red velvet even though that's his sister's favorite. Ha!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

One word - YUM!

Portuguese Prepster said...

so gorgeous!