I made these as cupcakes. The frosting was soft, not runny and I made it on a 99 degree day in Houston! The cakes came out beautifully pink and did not taste chemically as I used full on Jell-O, not sugar-free or an offbrand. It gave it a wonderful strawberry flavor and fragrance. I cooled the cakes completely and once the frosting was made, I stuck it in the fridge for 20 minutes, then I piped it on to the cakes. They went in the fridge overnight and the folks here at work gobbled them! It was quite a nice treat for the late summer.
Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake
This three-layer strawberry cake gets its delicious flavor from chopped fresh strawberries and strawberry gelatin. Slather with the homemade strawberry buttercream frosting for a rich cake that's truly out of this world.
- 1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix
- 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.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic 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.
This cake keeps best in the refrigerator.
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