Saturday, February 11, 2012

Strawberry Cake

(This recipe was originally posted in conjunction with the Meijer Ad Week of 2/12/12 - 2/18/12)
I love to make dessert, and this moist strawberry cake always gets rave reviews.  I've even had guests ask for seconds of this!

1 package strawberry or yellow cake mix (double layer size)
1/2 of a 3 oz package of strawberry jello
1 - 3 oz package of strawberry jello
8 oz container Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup of cut and mashed fresh strawberries

Cake:  Bake cake according to directions on package, using water, eggs, and oil as specified.  Cool.  Poke lots of holes in the top with a fork.  Dissolve the half package of jello in 1/2 cup VERY hot water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water to the mixture and stir.  Pour slowly over top of cake. 
Frosting:  Mix whole 3 oz package of jello with 1/2 cup boiling water and strawberries.  Let gel in refrigerator (or if you're in a hurry, freezer!), then beat with Cool Whip.  Frost cake with mixture. 
Store frosted cake in refrigerator.

Options and Tips
  • Start working on the frosting while the cake is baking.  Or you can even make the frosting a day ahead and just keep it in the refrigerator.
  • The jello/strawberry part of the frosting is very concentrated, so it takes quite a bit of stirring to get the jello dissolved.  While I'm waiting for it to gel, I keep pulling it out of the fridge and stirring it (about every 15 minutes or so) because otherwise I get a nasty leathery piece on the bottom of the bowl (because the jello has settled).
  • Don't throw away that leftover half package of jello!  Save it for the next time you make this cake...because I guarantee you won't make it just once :)
    Mindy Bleyenberg shared this recipe with me many years ago.  She might not even remember giving me this recipe (or the reason she made the cake for me!), but I have made it MANY times since then!


  1. Delicious! Tastes like spring!

  2. What do you mean when you say double layer size for the cake mix? Thank you.

    1. Oh, sorry about that. A double layer size is just a normal size cake mix as opposed to a Jiffy cake mix. My Duncan Hines box says 18.25oz.