The Perfect Pink Strawberry Cake for Valentine's Day

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Looking for the perfect pink Valentine's Day dessert?  Love strawberries?  Look no further!

It's hard to find a strawberry cake recipe that doesn't start with "Go buy a box of strawberry cake mix."  Now, I'm not saying that I have anything against boxed cake mixes.  It's just not what I grew up with, and not what tastes right to me.  So that's why this strawberry cake recipe makes me so happy.  It does still use a box of Jello, but trust me, it's delicious.

Scratch Strawberry Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3 oz box of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree
  • 1/2 a package (about .6 oz) freeze dried strawberries

This recipe was good when I was just using the fresh strawberries and strawberry gelatin.  But when I decided to try adding the freeze dried strawberries, WOW.  What incredible strawberry flavor!  Don't be tempted skip that ingredient; it really makes a huge difference.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Beat together the sugar, butter, and strawberry gelatin, until the mixture is nice and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, and be very sure to mix well after each egg is added.  Don't be tempted to throw in all the eggs at once!  Doing it one at a time really makes a big difference in this recipe.

Add the salt, vanilla, and baking powder, strawberry puree, and mix.  

Add the flour and the milk, alternating between wet and dry.  By that, I mean add some of the milk, then add a portion of the flour, then add a little milk, etc.  

Once the all the flour and milk have been incorporated, add in the freeze dried strawberries and mix one more time, until incorporated.  

Divide batter between two 8" round cake pans. You can butter and flour the cake pans, or do what I do.  Cut a circle of waxed paper or parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan with it.  When the cake comes out of the oven, run a knife around the edge of the pan, and the liner will make the cake pop right out when you invert the pan.  Just remember to take it off before icing the cake!

Bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

This cake is seriously good iced with a simple cream cheese frosting.  Add a few simple decorations (these only took me five minutes, tops, to throw together), and you have an impressive, and more importantly delicious, Valentine's day treat.

Want to know how to make the heart cake topper?  It's SO easy!  Get the tutorial for the paper hearts cake topper here.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido