My absolute favorite cake/cupcake flavor is strawberry (well, and lemon too). I’ve always made the box variety because that was simplest (middle name remember). Any time someone asks me what kind of cake I want for my birthday, (I’m a firecracker baby) I always answer strawberry. This year I wanted a cupcake with more flavor than just the box variety and boy did I find it.
This recipe I found on All Recipes is probably one of the simplest strawberry cake recipes I’ve seen and it packs a huge punch of flavor. If you aren’t an over the top strawberry lover like I am, then you should lower the gelatin and strawberry called for in this recipe.
For me though, it was just perfect.
(recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 – 18.25 oz pkg yellow cake mix
1 pkg strawberry flavored gelatin mix (use about 2-3 ounces depending on how much strawberry flavor you would like)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 c water
2/3 c vegetable oil
1 – 16 oz pkg frozen strawberries, thawed and divided
1/2 c butter
4 c confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in muffin tins (Makes 36 cupcakes).
In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, gelatin mix and flour. Add water, oil, and eggs. Mix together.
Stir in half of the container of strawberries (or less depending on how strong you want the strawberry flavor). Beat on low speed until blended the beat 4 minutes on medium speed to break up the strawberries.
Using a cookie/ice cream scoop, pour batter into muffin tins about 2/3 full.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
To make the Strawberry Frosting:
In a large bowl combine butter, confectioners’ sugar. Drain the remaining half of the frozen strawberries. Add to the mixture and beat on high speed until creamy.