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Mamaw Emily’s Strawberry Cake

My husband loved his Mamaw's strawberry cake recipe. 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


  • 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, room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line the bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment.
  • 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.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • 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.

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


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    • OwlTree
      Jun 29, 2020

      This is the exact same recipe that my MIL used to make strawberry cakes back in the 1960's. It was my late husband's favorite cake. It is very easy to make and is absolutely delicious.

    • Kimberly
      Jun 25, 2020

      This is a favorite and so easy. Always comes out perfect!

    • Jackie
      Jun 22, 2020

      I made my daughter this cake for her birthday, and she now would like me to make it every year to celebrate her birthday. Yay. Found a cake she enjoys. Thank you. :)

    • Emily
      Jun 21, 2020

      I use this recipe so much I decided I should finally leave a review! Everyone begs me to make it for every event. Could not recommend more

    • Jannine
      Jun 9, 2020

      Made this cake yesterday and it has already vanished! So simple to make and everyone enjoyed it

    • tsuop
      Jun 1, 2020

      This is ok......but my Mamaw would NEVER use a mix!!

    • Lenora
      May 21, 2020

      I made this cake it was very delicious

    • Sheila
      May 14, 2020

      This cake is delicious, very moist, very good strawberry flavor. Is my favorite strawberry cake of all time.

    • lvarner
      May 4, 2020

      This is a very good recipe! It looks and tastes delicious. It is a great recipe for a spring or summer gathering or company meal.

    • Jeffery
      Apr 22, 2020

      By far the best strawberry cake I have ever had.