EASY FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE (+Video)

This Easy Fresh Strawberry Cake starts with a boxed cake mix, strawberry jell-o, fresh strawberries and is topped with cream cheese frosting!

FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

This Easy Fresh Strawberry Cake starts with a boxed cake mix, strawberry jell-o, fresh strawberries and is topped with a sweetened cream cheese frosting! It is a deliciously simple way to use all those fresh-picked strawberries. The cake mix makes it easy but the fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting make it taste totally homemade!
Fresh Strawberry Cake, horizontal

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For this recipe, I’m using my favorite Fresh Strawberry Cake recipe from Duncan Hines. It’s an old favorite and it has never failed me. And I’m using my go-to cream cheese frosting recipe that I like to use for my RED VELVET CHEESECAKE CAKE. It really is the perfect frosting for this cake!Easy Fresh Strawberry Cake recipe from The Country Cook
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
For the cake:
vanilla cake mix
strawberry gelatin mix (Jell-O)
eggs
vegetable oil
water
fresh strawberries
 
For the frosting:
cream cheese
butter
powdered sugar
vanilla extract
milk
strawberry cake ingredients

HOW TO MAKE FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Y’all know I love this kind that has flour in it. Perfect for baking.
baker's joy spray
Give your strawberries a good rinse then gently dry them with a paper towel. Remove the stems and dice them up.
diced fresh strawberries
Then stick them in a plastic Ziploc bag and start crushing them up.I’m using the flat side of my meat tenderizer here but you can use any heavy object or a rolling pin. This will probably take you a minute or two.
smashed strawberries
 In the bowl, combine cake mix with strawberry gelatin powder. Mix until combined.
cake mix and strawberry gelatin
 Then stir in your oil, eggs and water.

adding oil to cake mix Once that is combined, add in 1 cup of your smooshed strawberries.
fresh strawberries added to cake batterYou will want to gently stir those in by hand.stirred strawberry cake batterThen pour batter into baking dish.

strawberry cake batter in baking dish
Bake for about 30-33 minutes. Oven times do vary, so to make sure it is done, stick a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, it is good to go. Allow cake to cool completely before adding frosting.
baked strawberry cake in dish
If you’ve ever made a strawberry cake before, you know they always brown a bit on top. No worries, that is normal. We are gonna cover it up with frosting anyway. To make the frosting, mix together your softened butter and softened cream cheese. It’s easiest if you have an electric mixer.
cream cheese and butter
Mix until smooth and creamy and lump-free. Then mix in powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Mix until smooth and creamy.powdered sugar added to frostingNote: If you have any leftover crushed strawberries, you could always add it to your frosting. Slather frosting onto cooled cake.cream cheese frosting on strawberry cakeThen slice and serve. If there are any leftovers, you’ll want to cover it and put into the fridge.
strawberry cake with fresh strawberries
 Enjoy!

Originally published: February 2013
Updated & republished: June 2019

EASY FRESH STRAWBERRY CAKE

This Easy Fresh Strawberry Cake starts with a boxed cake mix, strawberry jell-o, fresh strawberries and is topped with cream cheese frosting!

For the cake:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix ((or white, yellow cake mix))
  • 1 3 oz box strawberry gelatin mix ((Jell-O))
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries ((or 1 cup crushed fresh strawberries))

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 block cream cheese (4 oz) (softened)
  • 1/3 cup butter, (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Give the strawberries a good rinse then gently dry them with a paper towel. Remove the stems and dice.

  4. Put strawberries into a plastic Ziploc bag and start crushing them up using a rolling pin or other heavy object. This will probably take you a minute or two.

  5. In the bowl, combine cake mix with strawberry gelatin powder. Mix until combined.

  6. Then stir in oil, eggs and water. 

  7. Once that is combined, add in 1 cup of the smushed strawberries. You will want to gently stir those in by hand.
  8. Then pour batter into prepared baking dish.

  9. Bake for about 30-33 minutes.
  10. Oven times do vary so to make sure it is done, stick a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, it is good to go.
  11. Allow cake to cool completely before adding frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, mix together the softened butter and softened cream cheese.

  2. Mix until smooth and creamy and lump-free.
  3. Then mix in powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Mix until smooth and creamy.

  4. Slather frosting onto cooled cake. Slice and serve.

If there are any leftovers, you’ll want to cover it and put into the fridge.

CRAVING MORE STRAWBERRY RECIPES? GIVE THESE A TRY!
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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CAKE
HOT MILK SPONGE CAKE WITH STRAWBERRIES
STRAWBERRY MUFFIN MIX WAFFLES
NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY ANGEL DESSERT
BANANA CAKE WITH VANILLA FROSTING

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