Fresh Strawberry Cake recipe from The Country Cook
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This Easy Fresh Strawberry Cake starts with a boxed cake mix, strawberry jell-o, fresh strawberries and is topped with cream cheese frosting!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fresh Strawberry Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


For the cake:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (or white, yellow cake mix)
  • 1 3 oz box strawberry gelatin mix (Jell-O)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries (or 1 cup crushed fresh strawberries)

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 block cream cheese (4 oz) softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk


For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Give the strawberries a good rinse then gently dry them with a paper towel. Remove the stems and dice.
  • Put strawberries into a plastic Ziploc bag and start crushing them up using a rolling pin or other heavy object. This will probably take you a minute or two.
  • In the bowl, combine cake mix with strawberry gelatin powder. Mix until combined.
  • Then stir in oil, eggs and water. 
  • Once that is combined, add in 1 cup of the smushed strawberries. You will want to gently stir those in by hand.
  • Then pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for about 30-33 minutes.
  • Oven times do vary so to make sure it is done, stick a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, it is good to go.
  • Allow cake to cool completely before adding frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Using an electric mixer, mix together the softened butter and softened cream cheese.
  • Mix until smooth and creamy and lump-free.
  • Then mix in powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Slather frosting onto cooled cake. Slice and serve.



If there are any leftovers, you'll want to cover it and put into the fridge.


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 23.2mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1.4mg