Cake & Cheesecake | August 21, 2012

Fresh Strawberry-Jello Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh Strawberry-Jello Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh Strawberry-Jello Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Fresh Strawberry-Jello Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Guess what this week is? A Bountiful Kitchen’s four year blogiversary. Whoohoo.Time to celebrate! What says celebration better than cake, ice cream and presents?Let’s have a little giveaway.How about a couple of cookbooks -one from me, one from Tilly (mook) and gift certificates for ice cream and yogurt, also from our favorite, Tillamook! Here’s the deal…
Two cookbooks:
This one’s from me.

Guess who donated this one?
Three of these, any flavor…
Twelve of these, any flavor and variety (light, regular)

The recipe– I made this yummy Strawberry cake a few weeks ago, by request for a family wedding celebration. It’s really simple, and uses fresh strawberries in the cake and the frosting. Great for a summer celebration or a girl birthday. Or a Blogiversary 😉

The giveaway– Leave a comment, let me know- what’s your favorite cake? Check back on Friday. I’ll post the winner (one winner, chosen by Random Counter) and another celebration cake, made with Tillamook ice cream. You’re going to love it.

PS- I was not paid for this post, or given free products. The opinions stated are my own.

Fresh Strawberry-Jello Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh Strawberry-Jello Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

A Bountiful Kitchen, adapted (quite a bit) from Paula Deen


  • 1 18.25-ounce box white cake mix*
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 small 3-ounce box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
  • 8-9 oz fresh strawberries weight after trimming tops off about 1 small basket, crushed or blended
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened (make sure this is room temperature)
  • about 2-3 fresh strawberries cleaned and trimmed, chopped
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • small amount of milk or cream to thin the frosting if needed
  • sliced or whole strawberries for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with parchment paper, grease pans.In a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, water and vanilla; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. 
  2. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, cool completely on wire racks.

Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in chopped strawberries. Gradually add powdered sugar and dash of salt, beating until smooth. Thin with milk or cream if needed.Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.

Recipe Notes

-This recipe was tweaked according to several suggestions by reviewers on the Food Network site.

-*I used a Betty Crocker Cake mix. The suggested cake mix weight in the original recipe is 18.25 oz. However, I found only generic (store) brands in this size of cake mix. I opted to use a popular name brand instead. I also used Jello brand gelatin. -The cake will have a bright pink/red color.

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  1. Love your blog! So inspiring and I use it to cook from or to just pass my time reading your stories and recipes all the time:) I even have your page as a bookmark icon in my cooking folder on my phone:) happy blogiversary! My favorite cake is probably the simple lemon almond cake off of here! I'm not a huge sweets person but I do love that cake and ao does Brett!

  2. Congrats on your Blogiversary! That is a fabulous cake to feast with!
    My current favorite cake is Double Berry Lemon Cake…so good and perfect for end of summer!

  3. Happy celebration day! I love all cakes, but one that my mom made when I was growing up is my favorite. You start with a lemon cake mix, then comes a cream cheese/pudding layer, crushed pineapple after that, and then cool whip on top. Yummy! I love Tillamook products. What a fun giveaway.

  4. Today is my sister's birthday too! But she's older than 4… Favorite cake? Hmm, probably plain ol' white cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. Classic, and oh so tastey 🙂

  5. Happy Blog Anniversary! My favorite cake would have to be Pumpkin Pie Cake with homemade whip cream on the side. I make it year 'round – it's that good! 🙂

  6. And p.s. We were in Bountiful this summer visiting parents and went to Cutler's Bakery, since you have mentioned them a few times on here. They are worth talking about! We ordered pretty much one of everything they had and were very sad when we ran out of goodies. Thanks for telling me about them! 🙂

  7. I need some more Tillamook! My very favorite! Let's see, favorite cake. I haven't made it, but I would want to try an ice cream cake, chocolate of course, with my very favorite ice cream inside, Tillamook Mudslide. I'm thinking I should try it right now!

  8. I just got introduced to this blog! It's wonderful-wish I'd seen it sooner! I love any chocolate cake with ganache on top! Yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I love a cake my mom makes with a can mandarin oranges mixed into a yellow cake mix. It is a triple layer cake with cool whip frosting with a pkg of vanilla pudding mixed in and a can of crushed pineapple! yummmmmmm!

  10. I love plain yellow cake with white frosting… cake from the box, frosting homemade with real butter…. YUMM! Love your blog! Thanks for posting such fun recipes all the time!

  11. Chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. My freshman roommate at BYU introduced me to that combination and it's been my favorite for 20 years now! I love getting your recipes 🙂

  12. My favorite cake is a white cake, poked with holes and then strawberry gelatin poured over the top. Refrigerate and top with a creamy frosting that has whipped cream and sour cream in it, followed by fresh strawberries macerated in sugar. So yummy!

  13. First, I just stumbled upon your blog a couple days ago via my new favorite thing…Pinterest and absolutely love it! I have been sharing with my cooking friends since then (oh and reviewing all the posts I missed…it is going to take some time with four years to go thru!).

    Second, my favorite cake of all time is not one my mom made or that I make, it is a store bought cake from a bakery in Syracuse, NY where I am from (I live in Alaska now) called Harrison Bakery. The icing is soooo thick and sweet it seems I am the only one who loves it 🙂 My sister bought one for my baby shower a couple years ago and everyone left some of the icing…I am talking SUPER rich, but my icing was gone.

    Lastly, funny that a bar/restaurant here in Anchorage has a huge block of Tillamook cheese that patrons go up and cut slices from. There is a disclaimer to not eat the cheese so says the health department. Of course, no one pays attention to that!

  14. Thanks for the new cake recipe! My husband loves a classic chocolate cake, but I'm more of a fruity type girl – I definitely want to try this recipe out!

  15. I love all kinds of cakes. Depending on my mood for the day, my favorite will be a chocolate or a fruit-based cake. Yum! I'm making a chocolate for my son's birthday tomorrow. Yea!

  16. Actually, my favorite cake is very similar to the one you posted. It is strawberry/coconut cake with strawberry frosting. I am also partial to good ol' chocolate cake. Mmmmm.

  17. So, I love cakes- a slight obsession of mine if I am slightly honest. I love making new ones and trying awesome combos. Through all the cakes I bake through the year, I always ask for the same awful cake for my birthday, year after year…lemon cake with sour cream chocolate frosting. Gross right? But I am addicted to it! (I blame my childhood!)

  18. my hands down favorite cakes are a 9 layer chocolate cake, southern sytle. and i have vivid memories of caramel cake growing up in alabama and I love paula deens texas sheet cake. but that strawberry one looks gooood.

    is it illegal if I win again 😉 ?

  19. Red Velvet Cake is by far the best cake out there, and hands down my favorite cake! First off, have you ever seen an unhappy person eating Red Velvet Cake? I didn't think so! Also Red Vlevet is almost always paired with cream cheese frosting, and let's be honest cream cheese frosting is the best kind of frosting out there. Lastly, I love Red Velvet because of it's color! Red is such a great color it makes me think of my dear old crimson (the University of Utah). Go Utes and Cake!

  20. Happy Anniversary! My family's favorite cake is Germany Chocolate, or chocolate anything. But I prefer a white cake with white frosting. It reminds me of all of the fun weddings I went to as a child. Linda