My daughter requested that I make her birthday cake this year. She told me she wanted a three layer strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. No problem, right?!?!? I thought I would make a six inch three layer cake and then make a dozen cupcakes. She told me she wanted a "soccer" theme. So,I planned on using black icing and draw a soccer ball on top of the cake. So I went to the store and got all the ingredients to make a semi-homemade strawberry cake that I found on Joy the Baker.
Everything was going great until....... the batter was yummy... the cakes baked up in the pans perfectly.... I left the cakes to cool on the counter. While cooling I mixed up the cream cheese icing. After the cakes had cooled completely I started assembling. I put the icing on the first layer and all was good. I added the second layer and added more icing and this is when things started to go south, or east or even maybe west and possibly north. To say the least it was not going as I had planned. Then I added the third layer and this is the point I consdidered it had become a CAKE WRECK!!! I called my Mom and told her it was a disaster and she said "ah, Jen it couldn't be that bad" I would go ahead and bring it. I hung up with my Mom and called my Bestie, Melissa. I told her what a CAKE WRECK it was and she too said "oh, Jen it probably isn't that bad." So, I took a picture and emailed it to her and called her back and she was lauging so hard and told me "Um, yeah that is pretty bad" Only a true friend would tell you that.... So do you want to see it!?!?!?
are you sure........
ok, I guess I will show you......
don't laugh to hard......
just remember I never claimed to be a cake decorator......
Yeah, that is it.... let me just finish this post by saying it was D-E-L-C-I-O-U-S... It was moist and yummy! The real strawberries in the batter are oh so good! It may be a disaster but it was a very good tasting disaster. I hope your cake comes out better than mine. If you have any tips please comment!
I did not want to take this cake in public and embarrase my daughter so I ended up buying her a Soccer cake from H-E-B and we ate this one at home that night. In fact she ate on it all week!
Semi-Homemade Strawberry Cake
- 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 F.
To make the cake, combine to cake mix, Jello, flour and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition Add the 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, then unmold each layer onto the racks to cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese, softened
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 (1 pound) boxes powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the frosting, in a bowl combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat until soft and pliable and no lumps remain. Add one box of the powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Beat until incorporated. Add the second box of sugar and mix until incorporated. If you would like a smoother consistency, and a slash of milk. If you would like a thicker consistency, and a bit more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.