Posted by: Catherine | March 14, 2009

Strawberry Cake with White Chocolate Frosting (The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner)




Emma contributed this cake to The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner. We saw Paula make the strawberry cake, which Emma loved (the pink part didn’t hurt!), but she doesn’t like cream cheese frosting, which is what Paula used. She wanted buttercream, but already has Ina’s yummy buttercream frosting on the blog (Valentine’s Day Cupcakes). Next choice:  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and  she thought chocolate, but no, it would look “ugly” with the pink. So, I suggested white chocolate. Emma searched the food network site for a recipe and found one that was used on Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes.  Just as I started to help  mix the butter and confectioners’ sugar, noticing that the consistency was all-wrong, Emma read the recipe (I’m telling you, there’s nothing like cooking to get your child to read directions…as in Emma’s Cooking School) and noticed that it was an untested reader’s recipe. Yikes! So, we started adding, subtracting and came up with our own concoction, which was darned good. It held up beautifully against all the other desserts at The First U-C’s Dinner, and many claimed it their favorite. It sure was pretty and pink!

Strawberry Cake

1 box white cake mix

1 3-oz. box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin

15-oz. package frozen strawberries in syrup thawed and pureed (we used 16 oz.)

4 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

White chocolate frosting, recipe follows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans before removing and frosting.


White Chocolate Frosting

10 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small chunks

3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (or to taste; you should add slowly…)

3 T heavy cream

1 T vanilla

In a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the white chocolate. Remove from heat and let cool. Meanwhile, in beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar (taste as you go, remember that the white chocolate will add more sweetness), heavy cream and vanilla until combined. Add the white chocolate and mix until well incorporated.



  1. The cake is beautiful! I love the sound of the white chocolate frosting, I bet it goes well with strawberries.

  2. Beautiful cake, and what a perfect layer.

  3. Nice looking strawberry cake!

  4. Strawberry cake is my absolute favorite, and I, like Emma, don’t know if it’s just because it’s pink. That frosting sounds so delicious. I don’t like the cream cheese kinds either. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Yes to anything pink! My daughter would love this cake. Well I think we all would to be truthful!

  6. mmm…great cake, but i can’t get past the frosting. if i made this, only about half would make it onto the cake and the rest would be in my belly. 🙂

  7. I love the fact this uses a cake mix. It looks so very delicious. I am so bookmarking this one. We love straberries here.

  8. Oh so pretty! And so spring-like (and spring has come early – EARLY in MN – cannot believe it). You will have a lot to discuss for your first anniversary.

  9. when I saw the first pic I thought ‘oh please have a pic of what it looks like inside’ and I scrolled and there it was . Nice!

  10. I made my own version of a pink cake recently (not strawberry, but pink) and now, officially, I am obsessed with finding the right cake, the best one. This looks lovely – you are so good with the frosting! (I need to work on that.)

  11. I have a daughter who becomes very sick from a lot of aritificial colourings and additives. Chocolate cake every year on her birthday became boring, so I made her a strawberry cake. It was an absolute hit with the children and also the adults who came. I decorated the top with little plastic toys to make it festive, as I can’t use coloured edible decorations.

  12. I’m trolling for new recipes featuring strawberries. Yummy! This looks like a winner!


  13. This is a delicious cake…however 20 minutes is not long enough to bake…It really needs to bake for at least 30-35 minutes.
    I set my timer at 25 and ck every 5 minutes.

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