A recipe from my coworker, Debra. A delicious cake that is better the second day.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
4 hrs 45 mins
total:
6 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Strawberry Cake:
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round pans.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and gelatin mix. Make a well in the center and pour in 1 cup mashed strawberries, oil, milk and eggs. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Fold in the coconut and pecans. Pour cake batter into the prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

  • To make the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting: Mash the 3/4 cup strawberries to make 1/2 cup, then drain well; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Blend in the confectioners' sugar and drained strawberries. Beat on medium speed until the frosting lightens and is well combined. Fold in the coconut and pecans.

  • Frost cake between layers, on top and sides. Chill uncovered 30 minutes or until frosting sets, then cover and chill 4 to 6 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

786 calories; protein 7.8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 85g 27% DV; fat 48.1g 74% DV; cholesterol 103.7mg 35% DV; sodium 475.6mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2005
Fantastic Cake. Followed the directions to the tee for the cake. Superb! Be very careful however on draining the strawberries for the frosting. I did not drain them enough and my frosting was a soupy liquid. To compensate for this I took a small portion of the soupy liquid and added a lot of powdered sugar. In the end it was all good and was a very great cake. A perfect compliment to summertime. Family liked it. Will definately use this recipe often just being careful on the frosting. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2011
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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88 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2005
Fantastic Cake. Followed the directions to the tee for the cake. Superb! Be very careful however on draining the strawberries for the frosting. I did not drain them enough and my frosting was a soupy liquid. To compensate for this I took a small portion of the soupy liquid and added a lot of powdered sugar. In the end it was all good and was a very great cake. A perfect compliment to summertime. Family liked it. Will definately use this recipe often just being careful on the frosting. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2008
Wonderful!!! I will make this again and again and again I made the cake to the T however I made my own version of the cream cheese frosting I pureed the strawberries and put them in a coffee filter to help drain the liquid then I used 2 8oz pkg of cream cheese the strawberries 1/2 tsp almond extract 2 T. softened butter and 3 C. powdered sugar wow what a nice cake!! Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2007
Great cake!!! Brought it to work and it was a huge hit. Only thing I would change is putting frosting in refrigerator to firm up before frosting layers of cake. I found that the frosting was too "soupy". It just ran more than I wanted and layers slide. But I will make it again... it was wonderful Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2009
EXCELLENT - very easy to make and a family favorite!! Note: I was given this recipe in 1991; not sure when the cake mix dr. published it in her book. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2004
Absolutely awesome! I did use frozen strawberries and they made the frosting a little to runny. I'd make this again but use the fresh strawberries that the recipe calls for. Otherwise this cake was excellent. Also it passes the freezer test.....it freezes well and tastes great when thawed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2004
I made this cake for my husband's birthday he said it was the best strawberry cake he had ever eaten-did not last long here. Thanks for the recipe. It will be used many times here. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2011
I used 1/3 c strawberry yogurt instead of the oil and it was still super-moist. And much healthier. Very tasty and made an excellent layer cake with strawberry filling. I just used whipped cream for the frosting. The cake stands on its own. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2004
This was yummy - very moist even after being refrigerated for a few days. I used the White Chocolate Frosting recipe from Strawberry Dream Cake I. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2007
this cake is very very moist and the taste is delicious. i will make this cake again and again. as a matter of fact i will make this cake for memorial day in about 2 weeks. i think it is best if you frost one layer and let of cool off in the refrigator and do the other two the same way that way your frosting will not run. that was the only problem i had with the cake or maybe let your frosting chill in the fridge first. the cake is the bomb and i wouldn't change a thing about it. when the cake chilled i was delighted because it was just what the other viewers said don't change a thing about the cake. pay attention and follow the directions and you can't go wrong. thanks a bunch! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2011
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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