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Mom's Strawberry Cake

There’s not quite another dessert like strawberry cake, it’s luscious and filled with good flavor.  My mother was a huge fan of strawberries and we enjoyed countless strawberry dishes;  among them, this cake.

She rarely, and the same for me, use cake mixes ~ they're a starting point if I do use one.  Then it is tweaked up as this one is with the strawberries and flavorings.  This is a wonderful moist cake with a delicious sweet flavor that’s perfect for any occasion or just to sit down and enjoy along with a cup of coffee. 

Did you know that strawberries were discovered by a French military engineer, spy and explorer during his trip to Chile?  When he encountered their sweet fresh flavor, he decided to take some home and breed them; the rest is history.  He did a wonderful thing for our benefit!

Here’s the cake and I hope you’ll give it a try:

Mom's Strawberry Cake


1 package white cake mix
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry gelatin
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup drained fresh strawberries, beaten


In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and gelatin mix.
Make a well in the center and pour in water, oil and eggs and flour.
Beat on low speed to blend.
Scrape bowl often and beat 3 minutes on medium speed.
Add beaten strawberries.
Pour into greased and floured 9” x 13” baking pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 
Remove from oven and cool.
Cover with frosting.

Fluffy Frosting:


1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4  teaspoon cream of tartar
Dash salt
2 egg whites, unbeaten
1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine sugar, water, cream of tartar and salt in saucepan.
Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Very slowly add sugar syrup to unbeaten egg whites in mixing bowl.
Beat constantly with eleectric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
Beat in vanilla.
Frost cake.

Yum!  It’s one “berry” delicious cake!


  1. This sounds wonderful! Do you use fresh or frozen strawberries?

  2. What an interesting cake! I love the cream cheese frosting!

  3. Looks moist and delicious!Sure gonna try it!Hope you had good birthday bash yesterday!

  4. Linda, I use fresh strawberries. Thanks for noting that, I will add it to the recipe.

    biz319, thank you! The frosting is what really makes it delicious!

  5. My cooking experiments, thank you! I had a great time celebrating the day!

  6. Pam I have eaten this cake many is one of my favorites!

  7. Mmmm yummy:) Looks good-I bet that frosting does put it over the top!
    Happy belated Birthday!;)

  8. This looks wonderful and I love strawberries BUT unfortunately they don't like me. Diane

  9. Oh Pam, I want a slice too! Love the strawberry flavour cake. I definitely will give it a try. Thanks alot. Have a wonderful day!
    Regards, Kristy

  10. Bo, it's the best for sure! Thanks for the visit!

    Holly, thanks for the birthday wishes! The frosting does it all, yum!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, sorry to hear that. Here's wishing you a good day!

    My Little Space, just wish I could give you a slice! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

  11. Hi
    I am new to your blog.Liked your recipes and presentation.

  12. I had some chocolate covered strawberries last night; this cake sounds wonderful.

  13. Strawberry cakes must be infectious! I've been seeing them everywhere! It looks delicious, thanks!

  14. Very similar to the cake I make ... the cream cheese frosting looks delicious! I'll have to give it a try!

  15. This strawberry cake looks wonderful! How scrumptious! Yummy!

  16. Wow, this cake not only sound but looks the strawberry gelatin...nice color :-)

  17. My grandma made a cake like this. I bet it tastes sure looks delicious!

  18. This one just screams deliciousness! Can't wait to make it for the 4th of July with family all here~~thanks dearie~

  19. Pam my mil used to make this. I haven't had it in years. Thanks for reminding me about it!

  20. Strawberry cake is one of my favorites! It's such a pretty color and I bet it was heavenly!

  21. i LOVe strawberry cake, this looks wonderful!

  22. Subhashini: Welcome, it's nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by!

    Jacqueline, you lucky girl! They're the best, love that chocolate!

    Debbi Smith, it must be the season! It's great with all the fresh strawberries now!

    The Sugar Queen, then you know what its all about! Thanks!

    Catherine, thank you! It is a great treat!

    Juliana, yes! That gives it its great color!

    A LA GRAHAM, Grandma's know how to do it! Thanks for the visit!

    Corgidogmama, it would be a great thing for your family and they will love you for it! Here's to the 4th!

    Kathleen, the oldies work! It's really yummy!

    Cinnamon-Girl, me too! The coloring certainly makes it taste better! ;)

    teresa, I know what you mean! Thanks for stopping by!

  23. This looks like a perfect use for all of the strawberries that I have been buying lately! YUM!! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Oh I didn't know that about the discovery of strawberries (I should do my homework!) That cake looks SO yummy, though, and I love the soft, pretty frosting! Wow!

  25. This looks so light and fluffy. I have one cake recipe that starts with a cake mix... they can turn out really well!

  26. Autumn @Good Eats Girl, it is a great way to utilize strawberries! Now you know another good way for them!

    Anne, glad you enjoyed a little bit of history! The cake is yummy! Thanks!

    Karen, a cake mix is a good foundation to build upon! Hope you try this one!

  27. I remember this from when I was a child, yum!

  28. Mimi, yes; it's an oldie but goodie!

  29. Hi Pam, This cake looks just delish. I have to ask you, though, how did you take that exceptional first photo in the post, with the strawberries in water??? It's so perfect. I absolutely love it. And I love your blog!

    :) Jane

  30. strawberry cake is one of my daughter's (The Tortured Teenager) favorite cakes. I bookmarked this. She will love this and could even make herself!
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

  31. S and S, good for your daughter! Hope she does some baking soon!

  32. Have you tried this in cupcake form? If so, do you recall what the cooking time would be? I would love to serve these individually. Thank you!!


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