Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Jello and a box cake mix make this easy strawberry cake recipe one that anyone can make! The best strawberry flavor cake combines with an easy homemade frosting.  You may also like our from-scratch strawberry cake.

A close up of a piece of cake on a plate with strawberry frosting

Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

We’re usually all about the 100%, from-scratch homemade cakes, but when it comes to an incredible strawberry cake, this easy strawberry cake recipe wins hands down.

Strawberry Jello Cake

This simple recipe starts with a box cake mix and strawberry gelatin, but don’t worry…it also includes fresh strawberries!The box cake mix and the jello mix make this an extra easy, no-fail cake. It’s easy to mix up and turns out so moist and delicious every time!

Strawberry Layer Cake or 9×13 Cake

You can make this cake as a layer cake or a sheet cake. Baking time and instructions for both sizes are found in the instructions below.

two layer strawberry cake on a wooden cake plate

Easy Strawberry Frosting

Although this strawberry frosting doesn’t have fresh strawberries in it, it still has fantastic flavor. Simply make a plain buttercream and whip in some strawberry jam. You’ll get a pretty pink color with a light strawberry flavor. This is delicious on cupcakes too and is stiff enough to hold pretty swirls.

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Craving a quick strawberry cake? This easy strawberry cake recipe uses shortcuts, but is intense in strawberry flavor and incredibly moist!
Craving a quick strawberry cake? This easy strawberry cake recipe uses shortcuts, but is intense in strawberry flavor and incredibly moist!

Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

3.69 from 16 votes
Strawberry Jello and a box cake mix make this easy strawberry cake recipe one that anyone can make! The best strawberry flavor cake combines with an easy homemade frosting. 
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box white cake mix (16.25 ounces)
  • 1 package strawberry flavored gelatin (3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup milk 2%
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry puree

Strawberry Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (plus more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, gelatin, milk, oil, eggs and fresh strawberry puree.
  • Beat on low speed until mixed, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans (*see instructions below for 9x13 cake pan*).
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 29 minutes, or until the top of the cake bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the Frosting
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the softened butter for 1-2 minutes until nearly white in a appearance.
  • Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Beat on low for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Mix in the heavy cream* and another 2 cups of powdered sugar. Beat on low for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and the strawberry jam. Beat on low speed until mixed, then beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until the frosting is creamy and smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • To Frosting the Cake:
  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate.
  • Spread frosting on top of the first layer.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting.
  • Use the remaining frosting to frost the top and sides of the layer cake.
  • Optional: Decorate the top middle of the cake with a few tablespoons of strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.
  • Store at room temperature until serving, then store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Notes

**To make a 9x13 cake, prepare the cake as described above. Pour the cake batter in a greased 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake bounces back when you touch it.
***If you make a 9x13 cake, you won't need quite as much frosting. Use these amounts for frosting, preparing it in the same way as described above:
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-5 tablespoons heavy cream
⅓ cup strawberry jam

Nutrition

Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 83mg | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 670
Keyword cake, frosting, july 4, picnic, potluck, strawberries, summer

Craving a quick strawberry cake? This easy strawberry cake recipe uses shortcuts, but is intense in strawberry flavor and incredibly moist!

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I don’t see cooking directions for cooking in a 9×13 pan.

Would this recipe be suited to cupcakes?

How do I make the strawberry puree?

I always see the recipe for this with boxed white cake. Why not use boxed strawberry instead?