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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • You'll be smitten with the nostalgic charm of this rich pink buttercream frosting, but for a change of pace, try icing the cake with whipped cream or whipped topping and serve with fresh berries.
  • Save your prettiest strawberries for garnishing. Use second-tier berries for the cake interior and frosting.
  • 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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    Kristen User ID: 9193756 267956
    Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

    "I was very disappointed in this recipe. I haven't eaten it yet but I almost want to toss the whole thing in the trash. It looks like a disaster! I've never had a problem with recipes not turning out and bake quite often, I should have used my better judgement with this frosting and altered it but I wanted to try the recipe just as it was written to see what I thought. I wanted to surprise my husband with this cake but I'm embarrassed to show it to him, the frosting is so runny and didn't set up at all! It makes the cake look like I just dumped a liquid over the top. It looks nothing like the picture. Don't make the same mistake I did, do like many other reviewers and make your own frosting or you will just waste time and ingredients."

    Dorimay User ID: 4326688 265932
    Reviewed May. 14, 2017

    "Super Strawberry cake! Will make it over and over this summer. I just made couple of changes; used 5 tbsp. self rising flour instead of 3 of all purpose (gives the cake a home-made taste) and skipped the 3 spoons of sugar. Added 8 oz cream cheese and 1/2 cup whipping cream to the icing. It was absolutely delicious! Thank you!"

    Kristine User ID: 9163416 265894
    Reviewed May. 12, 2017

    "When I made this recipe two months ago I put cream cheese icing on it and decorated the top with sliced strawberries to look like a rose. My family loves it and have now asked me to make a total of five times."

    Inga User ID: 9165179 265819
    Reviewed May. 10, 2017

    "Best strawberry cake ever! I made this as a birthday cake with an additional lemon cake layer per the request of my 17-year-old daughter. Moist, homemade flavor even though it's from a box and has flavored gelatin. I was skeptical, but now throughly impressed. It was a real hit! I use a good avocado oil for baking instead of canola or veg oil. I used a food chopper to chop strawberries. They were perfect! Not too fine and not too big. I used the frosting recipe - ingredients only but with different measurements, plus added cream cheese to it and made it as a filling between the layers ( not nearly as sweet that way, as others had mentioned), and frosted with White icing. I tripled this recipe and baked it in a 12 x 12 x 2 pan. Only used about 2 1/2 of the recipes instead of the full tripled amount to fill the pan. It came out perfect! I used nonstick spray on pan as well as the parchment paper and sprayed paper. Do not let cake cool completely in pan. Only cool cake about 10-15 min on a cooling rack. Took a knife and wen along the edges of the pan to release any possibly stuck sides. I noticed that the gelatin with the sugar may stick a little bit, but it's not bad. Then placed another piece of parchment paper on the top of the cake, placed cooling rack on top of the cake and while holding both cooling rack and pan flipped cake over and let it sit for a moment. Shook gently. Removed pan. Nothing stuck! Just a thought, but usually can't go wrong when a cake recipe begins with Mamaw."

    Bakedwithlove User ID: 8182776 263984
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2017

    "I made this last weekend. I used strawberry cake mix instead of white. Crushed strawberries I used in cool whip in place of the frosting, and put in the fridge, delicious!!!"

    3GirlsPlus User ID: 7729213 263894
    Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

    "cake is very good, but will fall due to the weight of the strawberries. This icing recipe is extremely sweet and doesn't set up, so next time I will use a frosting recipe with cream cheese."

    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!"

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