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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

♥Strawberry Cake with a touch of Southern Charm♥

Beautiful, isn't it? Difficult to make? Not in the least, in fact, this beauty is easy-peasy to the max! Although I live far, far in the north now, there was a time when Georgia and Tennessee were places I called home. If there's one thing about the south (and there are more things than just one), it is filled with good cooks who know how to entertain, especially in the summertime! This recipe came north with me when I moved which, now, seems like a lifetime ago.

Strawberry Cake with a touch of Southern Charm

1 (18.5 ounce) box white cake mix (without pudding)

1 (3 ounce) package strawberry jello

1 tablespoon self rising flour

4 teaspoons granulated sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup fresh strawberries, finely diced.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Combine the following with the cake mix: Jell-o, flour & sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition Add water and strawberries and mix well. Divide the batter evenly into three 8-inch round baking pans that have been oiled and floured. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean and the layers pull away from the sides of the pan.

Transfer the layers from the oven to wire racks. Let them cool, still in their pans, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the inside edge of each pan, place each layer onto the racks for complete cooling.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese, softened

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

2 (1 pound) boxes XXX sugar

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

pink food coloring

4 sliced strawberries

Combine the cream cheese and butter beating until soft and pliable and no lumps remaining. Add one box of the powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract beating until incorporated. Add the second box of sugar and mix well. If you would like a very smooth consistency, add a tad of milk. For a more substantial frosting, additional XXX sugar can be added until you feel comfortable with the results.

Place coconut in a small bowl and sprinkle with two or three drops of pink food coloring. Toss with a fork to evenly distribute the coloring. After frosting, you maydecorate the top of the cake with the shredded coconut and sliced strawberries.


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Yummm! This looks so delicious! Another great recipe Mimi! ☺ Diane

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Oh that is gorgeous Mimi and making my mouth water!!! Another one I'm going to have to try!!! Yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us.
♥ Teresa

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Mimi, the dogs do fine with the heat - we have air conditioning & they stay in the house with me where it's cool! ☺ Diane

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Saturday is the first birthday of PINK Saturday!!! Did you e-mail Beverly to be on the list???

email how_sweet_the_sound@aegisholdings.com

Abby Lanes said...

Oh my goodness, that looks and sounds incredible!

bj said...

OOO, this sounds and looks so delicious...I have a Strawberry cake recipe almost like yours and it is good, too. Now, I've got to try yours. Thanks so much...

Lara said...

oh, I must try this! it's strawberry season here too!

Betty Jo said...

My appetite has been all wonky since being sick, but your cake could wake up any sluggish appetite. That not only sounds delicious but it is gorgeous to look at Mimi. ♥

Sheri said...

You've done it again! This looks fantastic! I think I will have to make this...SOON. ;)

Wendy said...

This looks absolutely devine!! Will try it soon. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. That is truly mouth watering.

claudie said...

Tag your it Mimi. Come on over.
Love Claudie

Now I'm hungry.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

My goodness, that looks so yummy!

Angelic Accents

Joyce said...

Oh heavens I am never going to stay on my diet today after seeing this:)

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. I want a slice of that yummy cake! :-)


T said...

Yummy!! You have the best recipe's!