Strawberry Triple Layer Cake

This in one of my all time favorite cakes- and it uses fresh strawberries. No time like the present-fresh strawberries are plentiful at Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm in Dallas and elsewhere. This cake does use a bought cake mix, but the addition of fresh strawberries in the batter as well as the frosting makes it plenty moist and adds lots of color and strawberry flavor. It’s very strawberry-enjoy!

Ingredients:

Cake Ingredients:
• 1 Box (15.25 oz) White Cake Mix
• 1- 3 Ounce Box Strawberry Jello
• 4 Large Eggs
• 1/2 Cup Sugar
• 1/2 Cup Flour
• 1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Finely Chopped
• 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
• 1/2 Cup Milk

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:
• 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
• 2 (16 Ounce) Packages Powdered Sugar
• 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Finely Chopped

Instructions:
1. Make the Cake: Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3- 9 inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix all cake ingredients with an electric mixer on low until just combined. Scrape the side of the bowl, and increase mixer
to medium and beat for 3 minutes.

3. Pour cake batter into prepared pans and bake until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 23 minutes.

4. Cool cake in pans on rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. If using the following recipe for Strawberry Buttercream refrigerate cakes until completely chilled.

5. Meanwhile Make Frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter at medium until it’s pale yellow and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and strawberries and beat at low until well combined and creamy. Set in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes to firm it up slightly (You just don’t want
it to be runny).

6. Spread one of the layers of cake with frosting then refrigerate. Frost the second layer and refrigerate until the frosting on both layers has firmed up a bit. Assemble all the layers and frost the top and sides. Refrigerate!