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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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. ??"

PLyoch User ID: 4915770 247066
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"Thank you for sharing, Jennifer. It is a keeper."

CajunLady24993 User ID: 7419739 247041
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"Sounds delicious."

texasgrammy User ID: 7499304 246734
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"I started making this 46 years ago. It was called Strawberry Jello Cake. Used no sugar or flour. Just cake mix, strawberry jello, 3 eggs, oil, water and 10 oz bag of frozen strawberries. Separate strawberries from juice (save juice for glaze). Baked in 13 x 9 pan. For glaze, 1 16 oz bag powdered sugar, little melted butter and strawberry juice. Mix and pour over cooled cake. Take a fork and poke cake all over before pouring glaze."

BonnieMcK User ID: 7466569 246705
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"A deliciously fabulous cake - a real family favorite! Made it for my own 3-tiered wedding cake, and every last bite was gone!!"

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