Over the weekend I visited my parent’s house to celebrate my nephew’s 9th birthday. When my mom asked him what kind of birthday cake he wanted, he was certain he wanted a strawberry cake. We were a bit surprised but Grandma is always happy to make birthday wishes come true.
She found this awesome recipe on Kraft Recipes for a strawberry cake that uses fresh strawberries in the frosting. It also received fabulous reviews so it seemed like an easy decision.
- 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
- 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup mashed fresh strawberries, divided
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
- fresh strawberries, shredded coconut or chocolate shavings for garnish
- Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
- Stir together cake mix and dry gelatin mix in large bowl. Add in eggs, oil, water and ¾ cup mashed strawberries.
- Beat with mixer until well blended.
- Divide batter evenly into round pans.
- Bake for 30 or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 10 min before removing to wire racks. Cool completely.
- Drain remaining ¼ cup strawberries very well to avoid problems with frosting.
- Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until nice and creamy. Gradually beat in sugar. Add drained berries then mix well.
- Whisk in COOL WHIP. (Do not use lite or fat free to maintain proper spreading consistency.)
- Spread 1 cup strawberry frosting mixture in between cake layers. Frost top and side with remaining frosting mixture. Garish with fresh strawberries, shredded coconut or chocolate shavings. Keep refrigerated.
While my mom made the cake, I stacked and frosted it for her. I found the cream cheese and cool whip frosting to be very easy to work with and simple to layer and frost. It looked so pretty I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos with my iPhone.
I was actually shocked how simple it was to slice into when serving. Usually I’m constantly wiping the knife down to have nice, clean cuts but this frosting didn’t stick at all to the knife. It was a breeze! Of course the most important thing was that the birthday boy loved it. This cake is really easy and absolutely delicious! Would be great in the spring and summer but works for any time of year.
Happy Birthday Christian!