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Easy Strawberry Layer Cake

Easy Strawberry Layer Cake

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy-strawberry-layer-cake, strawberry-cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 811kcal


  • 1 15.25 oz box strawberry cake mix
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • 1 3.0 oz box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk
  • cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • Frosting:
  • 2 8 oz blocks cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • ½ cup mashed strawberries well drained
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar plus additional, as needed
  • few drops red or pink food coloring optional
  • strawberries for garnishing


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour three 9-inch round cake pans or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together, cake mix, flour, gelatin mix, buttermilk, oil and eggs. Beat on medium speed until fully combined.
  • Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes then remove and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • To make frosting: In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese butter and vanilla for 2 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Lower the speed of the mixer and gradually add powdered sugar. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add strawberries and food coloring, if using. Whip until fully combined. Add additional powdered sugar to stiffen frosting to your taste.
  • Frost between cake layers first, then top and sides. Decorate with whole strawberries. Chill for 6 hours or overnight to allow icing to set. (You may wait until just before serving to garnish with berries)
  • Slice and enjoy. Store leftovers chilled.


  • Mashed strawberries release a fair amount of juice. If the berries aren't drained well, you may need extra powdered sugar to stiffen the frosting. This frosting is naturally smooth due to the fresh berries, not stiff like a buttercream. 
  • Placing strips of wax paper under the bottom layer of the cake will keep the cake pedestal clean while frosting. Gently remove before chilling the cake.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 811kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg