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Layered Strawberry Cake

Yield 1 (2-layer) cake
Celebrate the sweet goodness of strawberries with this easy layer cake. Using a golden butter cake mix saves precious prep time, but the homemade whipped-cream-and-preserves frosting takes this cake from everyday to elegant.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.5-ounce) package butter recipe golden cake mix
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves, divided
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Garnish: fresh strawberries

How to Make It

  1. Beat first 4 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until cake mix is moistened. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans.

  2. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans. Brush top of each layer with 2 tablespoons preserves. Cool completely on wire racks.

  3. Beat remaining preserves with whipping cream and powdered sugar at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

  4. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Arrange half of strawberries over layer; top with half of whipped cream mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining layer, strawberries, and whipped cream mixture. Garnish, if desired.