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Strawberry Cake Recipe with Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting

This Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream frosting is the most requested cake in our family.

Strawberry Cake made with cake mix and jello
Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

This Strawberry Cake recipe begins with a cake mix and strawberries. Adding strawberries to a box cake mix is super easy and creates a moist strawberry cake recipe from a box. You are going to make this cake again and again.

My hubby started baking this cake many years ago and it is still our family’s most requested homemade dessert. There is always one of these strawberry cakes on our Thanksgiving dessert table.

This recipe has been shared more than 16K times. It must be good as well as easy to make.

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How To Make Homemade Strawberry Cake

Your kitchen will smell delicious while you are making this cake. Even frozen strawberries smell inviting. The flavor is the real test and this is an amazing strawberry cake!


An easy recipe for a strawberry cake using cake mix and jello with frozen strawberries that delivers the best ever strawberry cake for any occasion.

Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

Through the years, we have used real strawberries and frozen strawberries in the mix and frosting. Over time, we have come to believe using frozen strawberries give us more control over the outcome of the cake.

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz.) box strawberry gelatin
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped frozen (thawed) strawberries
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Grease and flour your cake pans. I prefer the grease and flour method to non-stick sprays because it is much more foolproof. If you prefer, you can line your pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour is the easiest method.

I use either two 9″ round or three 8″ round cake pans.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Then blend using the mixer on low speed. This can be done with a whisk if you prefer.

Be sure to remove any lumps in the cake batter.

Step 3

Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing to get all of that yummy batter blended well.

You do not need pink food coloring to give this cake its rich color. The strawberries do that naturally as well as adding real strawberry flavor.

Step 4

Pour cake batter into prepared pans and place onto the middle rack in the oven. Be sure none of the cake pans are touching each other or the sides of the oven.

Bake according to directions on the cake mix box. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 5

Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

Almost from scratch Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Three-layer Strawberry Cake

Notice in the picture of the slice just how moist this cake is! This is one of the best cake recipes you will find. Just exactly the right amount of flavor and moistness with the most scrumptious Strawberry Buttercream Frosting!

Moist Strawberry cake layers slathered with homemade Strawberry Buttercream frosting for a dessert you won’t soon forget.

Grab the printable Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe right here.

a slice of strawberry cake

Homemade Strawberry Cake

A homemade Strawberry Cake recipe almost from scratch. There are strawberries in the mix and even more strawberries in the homemade strawberry buttercream frosting.


  • 1 Box of white cake mix 
  • 1 (3 oz.) box strawberry gelatin
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped frozen (thawed) strawberries* 
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Blend dry ingredients together with mixer at medium speed.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix until well blended, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into prepared cake pans.** (Use either 2 9" round or 3 8" round pans)
  5. Bake according to package directions for the white cake mix. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean when cake is done.
  6. Cool and frost with Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting


*If using fresh strawberries, cook them down with sugar and allow them to cool prior to using in this cake recipe.

**I prefer to grease and flour cake pans to be sure the cake won't stick. All non-stick sprays are not great for baking and it isn't worth taking a chance on having a cake stick to the pan.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 262Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 63mgSodium 81mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 11gProtein 4g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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  1. I made this Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting and my entire family said it was the best cake and icing they had ever eaten(all 16 family members)! I made it in 2 – 9″ layer cake and it was perfect. This will be our family get-to-gather dessert from now on. Even the chocolate lovers raved about it. Thank you for this wonderful recipe

  2. I had to stop on your blog here and commend you on this cake recipe, I love the recipe and so looking forward to trying this cake recipe out, yum!!

  3. Lucky girl having a husband that bakes!!!!! This sounds delicious and would be so pretty for Valentine’s day. I can’t wait to try this.

  4. This cake looks and sounds amazing! I have a relative that lives for anything strawberry and I think I may make this as a special birthday treat for her as her bday is coming up soon.
    Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend! xo

    1. Carrie, I hope you will come back and tell me about it when you make it for your relative! I think the Strawberry butter cream icing is absolutely the best! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  5. How wonderful to have a husband who bakes delicious treats for the family! Strawberry recipes are much harder to find than some other flavors. I am excited to have found your family favorite. It looks like a keeper, so moist and flavorful! Thanks!

    1. I will be the first to admit that I am blessed to have such a wonderful husband! This recipe is so popular in our family, it has been a favorite for more than 10 years and still getting regular requests. I hope it will become special to your family as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. He’s a keeper! I agree with you that strawberry cake is great any time of the year. My birthday is in February and I always had a strawberry birthday cake growing up. And, it was always shaped like a heart. Get Stacy a heart pan and see how it goes.

    1. We hope to buy some of those Florida strawberries in our grocery stores soon! In the meantime, those frozen one’s will have to do the trick. I’m putting them in my smoothies and loving it!

  7. You’re killing me. Strawberry cake is a family favorite. May I come over and ditch my diet? A man that bakes like this is so worth the age difference. Wink. Beautiful cake!

  8. Oh Shirley, must you put photos of this cake on here. I just wish I could take a big bite from this. If only I had cake mixes and strawberry on hand I would definitely make this tonight. I know my little family would enjoy this. You know, when we get to the store next time – I buying the ingredients…lol

    1. I hope you get to make this cake for your family, Zan. It is far too cold to get out in the elements for the grocery store there in Chicago though! You all are probably more interested in hot soup and hot chocolate right now! Maybe you could make it for Valentines!

  9. I love Strawberry cake! My stepdaughter had strawberry cake for her wedding. I’m going to try this. I think I have all the ingredients on hand. Tell Stacy thanks.

    1. I will tell Stacy thanks. He will get a kick out of that. Let me know how y’all like the recipe. Stay warm up there! I know it’s cold in your neck of the woods!

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