I was very surprised to see that most of you were curious about the strawberry cake recipe. It’s probably the easiest thing to make out of the menu, but also a refreshing crowd pleaser!
I got this idea from a local bakery. In fact, I wanted to buy this cake since my party menu was ambitious enough. I had a Groupon type of gift card to redeem there for anything in the bakery case, and when I got there, sure enough, there were already made strawberry cakes in the case. However, my dreams of having one less thing to worry about came to a halt when the employee, who probably can’t legally drive a car yet, told me that the refrigerator case isn’t ::technically:: their bakery case, so I’d have to buy the cake for $31. I was totally aggravated that there were buttercream cakes in what she considered the “bakery case”, but the whipped topping strawberry cake that was in a different case, because it needed to be at a colder temperature, was not the “bakery case”. Seriously folks, what the heck?!
So, this cake is NOT entirely from scratch folks. This recipe involves boxed cake mix. I would have driven myself batty making a cake from scratch with everything else I was working on. Not one guest seemed to mind, and trust me, you won’t either. The whipped topping makes this cake!
inspired by a local bakery that has a ridiculous definition for a “bakery case”
- Duncan Hines french vanilla cake mix
- 1 1/3 Cups Water
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 Large Eggs
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 quart fresh strawberries
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Bake cake in two 8″ or 9″ pans according to instructions. Allow layers to completely cool.
- Take 10 of the strawberries and puree them in a blender or food processor. Hull and slice the rest of the strawberries into fairly thin slices.
- Put heavy whipping cream in a mixer and just mix until it starts to thicken and barely form peaks. Add in confectioners sugar and mix until the whipped cream makes stiff peaks. Be careful not to overmix.
- Fold in 3 tbsp. of the strawberry puree and vanilla extract and allow to set in the fridge for a few minutes, while you carve the cake layers to be flat.
- Take the whipped cream out and carefully fold in sliced strawberries.
- Ice cake with the whipped cream/strawberry mixture. Allow to set in the fridge and serve immediately.
Note: This cake does really well if you individually freeze leftover slices and allow to defrost at room temperature until ready to eat. That is, IF you have leftovers!