Mamaw Emily's Strawberry Cake Recipe
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Mamaw Emily's Strawberry Cake Recipe

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My husband loved his Mamaw's strawberry cake. He thought no one could duplicate it. I made it, and it’s just as scrumptious as he remembers. —Jennifer Bruce, Manitou, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 532 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 85g carbohydrate (69g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, gelatin, sugar and flour. Add water, oil and eggs; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Fold in chopped strawberries. Transfer to prepared pans.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in crushed strawberries. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to reach desired consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mamaw Emily's Strawberry Cake in Taste of Home Special Interest Publications 2013

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Tracy User ID: 9115462 263748
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"The cake recipe is a winner BUT skip the icing, it way too sweet. I wish I had read the reviews before I dove into this one. The cake recipe came out great and can see adapting this with other combos of jello and fruit, maybe lime :) The icing didn't do it for me, others suggested a cream cheese icing would work much better. Icing out the tub or even cool whip would be better that the suggested icing."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1559405 263231
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017

"Practically the same recipe as ours. I wonder why she put in extra flour and sugar. We don't. Also I use 4 eggs."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 262007
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2017

"Made this delicious cake for a naranon meeting and it disappeared in minutes. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am making it again for mother's day."

Cheryle User ID: 9066324 261127
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"My husband went through the first in two days Came home today with the cake mix , jello and strawberries for a repeat please!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 250573
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"THIS is amazing. Super moist and flavorful. Strawberry buttercream! I'm putting some on my cookies for Valentine's Day!"

Loyda100 User ID: 4267301 250291
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016 Edited Oct. 20, 2016

"I made this last year for my daughters birthday,she and everyone else loved it. It was so easy to make. I used cool whip frosting and added red food coloring and some fresh chopped strawberries. It was a big hit with my family. I will make it again this year for my husbands and my anniversary. It is so good!! Lala from Nashville"

lvarner User ID: 35803 250071
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"This cake is so good! It's fairly easy to make and always seems to impress! I have sometimes frosted this cake with just a regular cream cheese icing, which is very good too. This is a perfect cake for spring and summer. ,"

sewsal User ID: 2105914 249666
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2016

"h my gosh this is one of the best cakes I've made. Very tasty and moist. I didn't make the frosting but next time I will. This will go with my favorite recipes"

Anad1234 User ID: 8876952 249274
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"Wonderful Recipe! I made a 13 * 9 and baked it about 26 minutes. The only change I made was to the frosting. I used mashed strawberries In a heavy syrup instead of crushed fresh strawberries. I wanted more strawberry flavor and this was perfect. Creamed the butter and a tablespoon of the strawberries then beat in powdered sugar. Added small amounts of strawberries until i got the right consistency desired. Served the cake with a really good vanilla ice cream and dribbled a little of the remaining strawberry syrup concoction over the top. People made themselves miserable with second servings."

Katizzle User ID: 8468550 248690
Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"I made this for a baby shower, but as cupcakes not a tiered cake. Baked them at 350 for about 25 min. Also, I used a whipped cream "icing" instead of a buttercream (the same recipe as the Snow Globe cake here on Taste of Home, with about 1/4 tsp added strawberry flavour) and they tasted like strawberries and cream. Got tons of rave reviews from everybody at the shower. ??"

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