Our Favorite Strawberry Cake

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My mom has made this strawberry cake for my birthday every single year since I was a little girl! I’m not one to be tempted by cake all that often, but I could eat this cake in one sitting. It is never dry and tastes like you are biting into a fresh strawberry on a hot summer day. I like to do the same and make this cake for Maxi as it feels like such a tradition in our family.

On Monday, Maxi asked if she could have the “pink Barbie birthday cake” which means strawberry cake. I jumped to make it for her because with quarantine and no playdates, I’m all for anything to brighten up her day. She loves helping me make it and my husband is always happy to find this on our counter. I thought I’d share the recipe with you today if you need a little sweet treat with your coffee or something to do with your kids this week.

A few notes to make:

  • My mom makes this cake using two cake pans and she ices it as you can see below from one of my birthday cakes. She has an online recipe she sends to friends, but I think each year she kind of tweaks her recipe. But I will source the online recipe for you all at the bottom, because it’s what I follow, as she just does this recipe by heart without measuring.
  • I actually prefer to make this as a bundt cake. I do not use the online recipe’s version for the icing, and will share how I make my glaze for the cake below.
  • Since there are so many fresh strawberries in this cake you have GOT to be generous with your non-stick spray or cake release. Be generous in the application, and then be even more. I have made this cake dozens of times and my mom makes it dozens of times each year for everyone’s birthday, and we still always remind ourselves of this, so it won’t stick to the pan. But I promise, even if you have one spot that sticks, this cake is SO worth it. Just cover it in some icing and sprinkles, you won’t even know!

*Also, I apologize these photos aren’t the best in terms of recipe photos.* We just randomly made this as a family on Monday. I wanted to share the recipe with you all so Paul snapped these yesterday on the iPhone while we were having a cake break and it was raining outside.


  • 18 Ounces WHITE Cake Mix. Cake mixes come in 16 ounces, so you can either use one box and add extra flour, or you can grab two boxes. My mom uses one box and then adds extra flour. I just grab two boxes, as I know I’ll use the rest of the other box for cupcakes or something with Maxi.
  • 3 Ounces Strawberry Jello. This is half a regular box.
  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries Finely Chopped. You can use less if you have less. I’ve done this recipe with anything from 1/2 cup to 1 cup and sometimes I don’t even use the full cup.
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 4 Large Eggs Room Temp

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar of your Favorite Icing {Maxi loves Funfetti, I love Whipped Cream Cheese, you could use strawberry.}
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray your cake pan or bundt cake pan with plenty of non-stick spray!
  2. Using a stand-alone mixer or electric mixer like Kenwood köksmaskiner, mix together cake mix, jello, strawberries, oil, milk, and eggs. I mix about 4 minutes.
  3. Pour into bundt cake pan and bake for 35 minutes. It may need to go 40 minutes depending upon your oven.
  4. For icing, dump your jar of favorite store-bought icing into your mixer. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. If you have strawberry icing, you can also add in about 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, but I used cream cheese icing so I don’t add extra. Then, take your icing, and microwave in a microwave-safe cup for about 20-30 seconds. Once cake is fully cooled out of oven {about 45 minutes to an hour} drizzle icing over the bundt cake. I let Maxi help me with this and then she applies the sprinkles of her choice.

Enjoy with your family!

Recipe adapted from here.

What is your favorite celebratory desert with family?!


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  1. Janie wrote:

    I will def be making this, my 2 yr old loves strawberries and I have a bundt cake pan I’ve never used! Also, your roots are looking great! 😉 I can’t get mine done until June in my state, and between having a second baby and then coronavirus hitting, its been EIGHT months since I’ve been highlighted, and I’m a level 10 blonde like you. Prior to this I could never even fathom going longer than 3-4 months. Were you nervous going to the salon/did you take any extra precautions?

    Published 13 May 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Janie! Aw yes! Y’all will love the cake, let me know how your little one likes it. 🙂 Thank you!! Girl, I kept telling my husband I was about to box dye my hair brown. Usually, roots don’t bother me too much, but I think being so pregnant I just was like between this and everything I do not feel like myself. Lol! So I didn’t actually go to the salon. My hairdresser is one of my best friends, so when our state opened salons last week, she put me as her first appointment and came to my house to do my hair since I’m pregnant. She wore a mask and I wore a mask. I was so grateful she did that since she had been in quarantine, too! I’m not really sure what I will do with a baby for next appointment. She said she would come to my house to do my hair and wear a mask while he is a baby, so maybe I will do that?! Maybe your stylist will do that for you when your salons are open! I go in waves of feeling really nervous about things and then trying to be calm. It’s just such a strange feeling all around. 🙁 Thank you for reading this post!!

      Published 13 May 20Reply
  2. I can see why it’s your favourite! Love the photos, super cute! ❤️✨

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    Published 13 May 20Reply
  3. Marilyn wrote:

    None of the pics loaded on my iPad but the first and last so I am wondering if you use one of those dark to black bundt pans which I am told are death to release and require waaaay less baking time.

    Published 13 May 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I did! Maybe that is why! I need to look for a different one. Thank you!

      Published 13 May 20Reply
  4. I just made this today for a get together this evening and OMG, so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    Published 30 May 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw yay! I’m so glad you loved it! Thank you for making it and letting me know. 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 05 Jun 20Reply
  5. This strawberry cake looks absolutely divine! The fresh strawberries and fluffy layers make it a must-try. Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe!

    Published 04 Aug 23Reply