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Foodie Friday - Strawberry Dream Cake with French Vanilla Whipped Frosting

Welcome to my very first FOODIE FRIDAY!

This week's theme is CAKE so in honor of Mother's Day I wanted to share a lovely Strawberry Cake recipe from my M-I-L, Ann. I've modified the topping a little by adding some "fluff". I love strawberries and during the season I can eat them almost non-stop. This recipe features fresh picked berries and strawberry puree and syrup.


1 package yellow cake mix
2/3 cup water

1/3 cup oil

4 eggs

1 package strawberry jello (3-0z.)

1 cup fresh strawberries

Combine cake mix, water, oil, jello and strawberries. Blend well. Pour into prepared 9x13" cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

For the French Vanilla Whipped Frosting I used:

2 cups French Vanilla flavored Cool-Whip

1 package instant Vanilla pudding

1 cup cold milk

1 cup strawberries

1/2 cup strawberry flavored syrup (the type used for ice cream)

Combine the pudding mix with 1 cup cold milk. Beat until thickened. Fold in Cool-Whip. Mix well.

Puree fresh strawberries with 1/2 cup strawberry syrup. Spread mixture on top of cooled cake. Then spread French Vanilla Frosting on top.

Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Store any leftovers (most likely you won't have any) in the refrigerator to prevent the frosting from melting.

For a creme-style cake take 2/3 box confectioner's sugar, a little juice from the strawberries, just enough juice to make a glaze. Mix well. Pour over the top of cake and let it drip down the sides. Yummy!


This recipe is sure to please Mom and what could be prettier than a Pink cake for Mother's Day?

I hope all of you MOMS have a wonderful and restful day! Blessings!

Until I see you again,

Happy Cooking!



southerninspiration said...

Looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!


Unknown said...

Oh, yum!! Easy recipe!!

Domestic Designer said...

Looks delicious and I am sure it tastes even better!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I hope you saved me a piece! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great Mother's Day ~ Susan

Kathleen Ellis said...

Mmmmmm, mmmmmm...oh, I can't wait to try this....I LOVE strawberry desserts!
Happy Mother's Day!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This cake just looks like Mother's Day - doesn't it?

"Blossom" said...

Wonderful and the plate presentation is outstanding. A real dessert and topped with one of our favorites strawberries.
I have to write this one down.

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

I just had Korean fried rice at Marty's...but oh okay I will take some. There's always room for cake!!!

BTW - you had me at strawberries. Oh my!

Thx for sharing this recipe.

Hugs, Barb

Ashley ~ said...

Looks delicious, and I love strawberries*! _Ashley*

bj said...

Sounds just heavenly...and beautiful to look at !

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Oh, this looks like it would melt in the mouth. I ADORE strawberry cakes. Your white dishes are so pretty--love the beading (I am a white dish freak). Thank you for joining the potluck!

Chandy said...

It looks great! I'll try this recipe for my daughter and I's tea party!

The Muse said...

:) May I ask is it the syrup that tints the cake red?
It is very festive!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

I tried this cake at a baby shower and it is delicious.Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to make it.

Kat said...

This looks scrumptious! I love strawberries, I'm like you I eat them all season long. Thanks for sharing this, it sounds wonderful. Kathy

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh! Looks dee-vine! Thanks for the recipe. And I LOVE your beautiful plates!

Tammy518 said...

This looks so good! I will definitely have to give it a try. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Melanie said...

This looks so moist. I love the "scrawberries."

Kristi said...

Looks so moist and delicious. I've been dying to try a strawberry cake and this looks excellent! Thanks for sharing!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Just got some strawberries today. I love them as well. By the way, you Thursday tablescape was just beautiful too!

Miss Janice said...

It looks pretty and I bet it tasted pretty, as well!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Like others have said, your dessert has such eye appeal as well as great taste ~~ I'm positive of that. I love strawberries too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

I enjoyed your tablescape post too. Really nice. THIS mom would love to be sitting at that table!

Foley said...

This looks divine! A recipe that I have never seen before - new twists to it! A definite keeper, beau plate!!

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Alisa, this looks scrumptious! mmmmm good! Hey, wanna hear something cool? You and I both hit 105 followers at the same time! ;) Too neat! Happy Mother's Day friend! ~CC Catherine (I think I'll be heading to Charlotte in the next two weeks for a few days. I'll do my best to get in touch with you before I head that way) ;)

Unknown said...

The cake looks wonderful. I have made a strawberry one that is much like this, but it was very sweet. Your's looks to be much better. Thank you for sharing. Your blog is just delightful.


A happy heart at home said...

This looks so amazing that I put a link to it on my blog for "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday" and "Tasty Tuesday." (I hope you don't mind.) I hope lots of people click on the link and come to see your blog.


Praise and Coffee said...

This looks so amazing! Thank you!


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