This recipe is a classic! It’s a household favorite, not to mention that I made it into a barbie cake this time. It was quite a debacle making it just right, but I’ll get to that in a moment. This cake recipe makes a nice moist, fluffy cake that has an equally scrumptious frosting! It was perfect for the barbie cake too, because the cake’s inside is pink, although you obviously can’t tell in the picture.
Me? Oh… me… I decided to take 4 1/2 hours decorating this cake, and that was with four hands. My sister came over the day before her birthday, spent the night, and the next morning started making the cake with me. I baked it and layered it, and once that was done the decorating shenanigans began. First we had to move the cake onto a cake stand with several spatulas and any available hands. We inserted a barbie, but she was too tall. So we got a second, shorter one. She didn’t fit either, and she was the shortest barbie doll we had! So we cut a hole in a cardboard box (wrapped with wrapping paper and stuffed with plastic bags) and put a layer of tin foil on the top. With many more spatulas and hands, we moved the cake from the cake stand to the prepared cake-platform. We inserted the shorter barbie in again, Ariel, but she started sinking into the cake and through the hole in the box. We had hoped that the bags inside the box would stop her from sinking too much, but they didn’t. We had to position her hands so that she was literally holding herself up. From there, my sister and I decorated for 4 1/2 hours. When we were done, we were very proud of ourselves and determined that it had been a “Cake Boss” adventure. The cake, we joked, went on the path to the sun and back. Oh, and remember- you’re never too old for a barbie doll or a barbie cake!
Strawberry Cake Recipe:
1 box white cake mix
1 small (3 oz.) package strawberry jello
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup cold water
1 (24 oz.) package frozen strawberries, thawed and not drained
1 lb. (4 cups) powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1. Preheat the oven the to 350 degrees and grease one 13×9 inch pan or two 8 inch round baking pans.
2. Drain the strawberries and save the juice. Mix the drained strawberries, cake mix, strawberry jello, water, and oil together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg one at a time, beating for one minute after each egg is added.
3. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for about 27-33 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. The top might be dark brown rather than the expected color of pink. Be sure that the cake is cool before you frost it.
4. Mix the powdered sugar, butter, and strawberry juice together on medium speed until smooth and frost the cake. This frosting is pink and not to be used as a decorating frosting. The frosting pictured above is a butter cream frosting recipe that I used.
5. Serve it and love it!
If you would like the recipe for the butter cream decorating frosting that I used, it will be on a separate post. I highly recommend it. I have been trying for a very long time to get my hands on the perfect butter cream recipe and this one is it.