Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My hubby and I had our 7th wedding anniversary on July 1st. Since it landed on a Monday, we celebrated on Sunday, and because it was the only day we could get a babysitter. Before our date, I whipped us up this amazing Strawberry Cake!

I admit, it does start off with a box cake mix. Some of you may gasp, but if you’re like me, you are proud of those box cake mixes because they make pretty darn good cakes. I doctored mine up a bit, by adding sour cream (which makes it super moist) and fresh chopped strawberries.

Cream cheese frosting is what I topped it off with and the results were the most delicious strawberry cake I have ever had in my life. Kale said the same. We all loved it. This one is a keeper, fo sho.

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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  1. 1 (18.25 ounce) box Strawberry Cake mix ( I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1/3 cup oil
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 1/3 cup sour cream
  6. 1 cup fresh, chopped strawberries
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1 ( 8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/3 cup butter, softened
  3. 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and sour cream. Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed until combined, and then on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Dump in the cup of strawberries and mix by hand, until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  5. For frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until combined and creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until combined. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until frosting is smooth and free of any lumps. Frost cake and serve! ♥
  1. 12 servings
  2. Store cake covered in the refrigerator, if you have any leftovers
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I love the pink color of the batter. Especially, once the strawberries are mixed in.
I forgot to take pictures of the batter in the pan, and then baked, so this is all I have…

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  1. says

    Holly – you sure have a knack for making everything! look tempting. I do believe I have a strawberry cake mix in the pantry..and berries in the fridge….will try this out soon. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful anniversary celebration. Congrats to you both! XO

  2. says

    My husband just recently finished another difficult semester of school (while both of us work full time and are raising our 1 year old son)… and I’m not much of a baker, actually I’m not a baker. Haha. I hate directions and with baking that’s what you have to follow.

    ANYWAY, I love this recipe. I think I may have added too much powdered sugar (again didn’t measure as well) — so the frosting was too sweet…but the cake was so moist. My husband and I loved it. Will make it again in the future. Thanks!

  3. Fran says

    This really is a very yummy cake. The hubby requested it three weeks in a row, and the ladies at work long for the recipe.

  4. Michelle says

    This cake just came out of my oven and looks and smells wonderful!! And of course, you can’t go wrong with cream cheese frosting! Great combo of easy but still better than just straight out of a box!

  5. Carol says

    I baked this for friends who were visiting last week. They loved it! I had some left over so I took it in to work on Monday. The only complaint that I heard was that I hadn’t cut the pieces big enough! I’ll definitely bake this again. Where I live, you can’t buy strawberry cake mix so I used cherry chip instead and it was delicious!


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