Strawberry Excuse Cake

"I’ve added things like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, star fruit and chopped Snickers bars, but you can add whatever your heart desires."

If I create it, then I get to name it, right?

So, I’m naming this scrumptious, moist strawberry bake the Strawberry Excuse Cake because, besides a delicious ruby-red batter made from fresh crushed strawberries and Jell-O, the top is, well, over the top! 

The cake is basically an excuse to incorporate all of your favorite cake toppings,

I’ve added things like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, star fruit and chopped Snickers bars, but you can add whatever your heart desires.

  Besides achieving a deep, rich cake batter, I also wanted the real flavor of fresh strawberries to come through, so instead of the cup of water required in the cake mix, I replaced the water with strawberry juice. For this recipe, I used V-8 V-Fusion Strawberry Banana Juice.

This optional, but I also added several tablespoons of strawberry liqueur to the batter, which gave the cake another boost of berry.

Buttercream or a white icing goes beautifully with this strawberry cake and all of the delicious topping! Need an excuse to make dessert this week? 

This one takes the cake!

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix

1 small package (3.5 oz) strawberry Jell-O (not sugar free)

3 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup strawberry juice, optional or 1 cup 

water (V-8 Fusion Strawberry Banana Juice)

3 tablespoons, strawberry liqueur, optional

2 pints fresh strawberries

1 tablespoon sugar

Kiwi, grapes, blueberries, star fruit or fresh fruits of your choice

5-6 mini bite-sized Snickers bars, cut in small chunks

2 containers buttercream or white icing

Directions:

Grease an 8- or 9-inch spring form pan. Mix cake according to package instructions. For deeper strawberry flavor substitute strawberry juice for water (optional.) Add package of strawberry 

Jell-O to mixture. Mash one cup of fresh strawberries and one tablespoon of sugar in a zip lock bag with rolling pin or use a mini blender. Add mashed strawberries to cake batter and blend well to combine. If adding strawberry liqueur, blend into cake batter.

Pour into greased spring form pan and bake according to package instructions. 

Let cool. Freeze cake for one hour for easier slicing and frosting. Slice cake in two layers.

Frost the layers of cake with butter cream or white icing and then frost the entire cake.

Top cake with remainder of fresh strawberries, and add fresh fruit of your choice.  Mound the Snickers chunks in the middle of the cake.

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