Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 50 Mins
Yield
Serves 20 (serving size: 1 piece)

This simple, fresh strawberry cake is the perfect springtime dessert. Besides being wonderfully easy to slice and serve for a crowd, sheet cakes (like this pink beauty) are great for entertaining because they require no special cake frosting skills to look impressive. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a half-size (18- x 13- x 1-inch) rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; lightly grease parchment with cooking spray.

Step 2

Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. With mixer running, gradually add sugar, and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until well combined after each addition. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.

Step 3

Stir together flour, gelatin, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture in 5 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating on low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in 1 cup chopped strawberries. Spread mixture in prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Step 4

Cool cake completely on baking sheet on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Finely chop remaining 1/2 cup diced strawberries and stir into vanilla frosting. Spread cooled cake with frosting. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to overnight. Garnish each piece with halved strawberries.

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