Strawberry Cake with Jell-O®

This strawberry cake with Jell-O® recipe has been in my family for 40+ years... don't take any shortcuts and it's sure to be the most delicious, rich cake you will ever make!

a eye level view looking into the slide of strawberry cake rimmed with strawberries and sitting on a white cake stand.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 8-inch layer cake



  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package white cake mix

  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry-flavored gelatin mix (such as Jell-O®)

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 large eggs

  • ¾ cup mashed fresh strawberries

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • ½ (16 ounce) package powdered sugar

  • ¾ stick unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.

  2. Combine cake mix, gelatin mix, oil, eggs, strawberries, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Pour equal amounts into the prepared cake pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  4. While cakes are cooling, mix powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract together in a bowl by hand. Chill for about 20 minutes.

  5. Whip chilled frosting until fluffy. Sandwich cake layers together with some frosting. Spread remaining frosting over the top and sides.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
30g Fat
55g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 292mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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