Sunday, June 20, 2010

Moms Easy Strawberry Cake
{My Childhood Favorite}

Today I want to share a recipe for one of my favorite cakes growing up. My Mom's Easy Strawberry Cake. I remember eating this wonderful cake at just about every BBQ or get together. Every holiday in the summer was celebrated with this yummy dessert.

My mom used to buy the large prepackaged cake shells at the store but they were so pricey.
One day she decided to bake the cakes herself by using a store bought butter cake mix and her tiara pans.

By using a cake mix we ended up with a extra cake which was always a plus. One to keep and one to share, but usually we just ate them both. This cake is baked in a Tiara Cake Pan or Mary Ann style cake pan.

If you're not familiar with that type of baking pan just click on the links to view a photo. These style cake cake pans have an indentation on the top to hold fruit, filling or both.

I purchased my cake pans a long time ago when Duncan Hines had their special tiara cake mix on sale. If you purchased a cake mix then you received a free pan. I was so excited to see those pans because I knew that I could finally make that special strawberry cake I grew with.

I don't know what I would do if I lost those pans. You can still purchase them on eBay, Amazon, William Sonoma, King Aurthur website and even Pampered Chef. Maybe you're lucky enough to have one or more of these pans just laying around.

I make this cake exactly the way mom did except she used store bought glaze and I use homemade. The store bought strawberry glaze my mom used came in a big pouch and it wasn't that expensive, but it has gone up in price quite a bit since then.

I use the strawberry glaze recipe that I use to make my favorite Summertime Strawberry Pie. It taste the same but only cheaper and better. I just double the glaze recipe and it works perfectly. Sometimes mom would change things up a bit and use canned peaches and a prepared peach glaze. 


By far strawberry was always my favorite. You can also use this style of pan to make a Black Forest Cake as well so its a very versatile pan. I'm so excited that I too can make my favorite strawberry cake for my friends and family just like my mom did. I love how certain recipes bring back a flood of childhood memories. 

Those truly are the best recipes. I have included some step by step photos, but in usual fashion the full recipe is a the end of this post.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake mix according to package directions. Spray two tiara pans with baking spray and then lightly flour the pans. Bake the cakes at 350 degrees fir about 20- 25 minutes.

While your cakes are cooling prepare the strawberry filling. Click here for a step by step tutorial on how to make the strawberry glaze.

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, gelatin, lemon juice, strawberry extract and water in a medium size pot. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until the mixture thickens, whisking often. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Arrange the strawberries in the cooled cake shells and then pour the cooled strawberry glaze all over the strawberries making sure to cover all the berries. You may have some of the glaze left. Make sure not to overflow the filling or it will run everywhere. Refrigerate cakes until ready to serve.

I serve mine with a dollop of fresh whipping cream or cool whip it's really up to you. I apologize for not getting a photo of a slice of this wonderful cake, but I was taking both of them to a grill out and I didn't want to cut into them.




Moms Easy Strawberry Cake
{mommyskitchen.net}

Ingredients:
1 - 18.5 oz package yellow or butter recipe cake mix,
prepared according to package directions
adding the eggs, oil and water called for on the mix

2 - lbs fresh strawberries, hulled & cut in half
strawberry glaze, double recipe
1 - 8 oz container whipping cream or cool whip

Strawberry Glaze:
1 - cup granulated sugar
1/4 - cup cornstarch
1/4 - cup strawberry gelatin (jell-o)
1 1/2 - cups water
1 - tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 -teaspoon strawberry extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake mix according to package directions. Spray two tiara pans with baking spray and then lightly flour the pans.

Bake the cakes about 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 5 minutes before removing. Then cool the cakes completely.

While your cakes are cooling prepare the strawberry filling. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, gelatin, lemon juice, strawberry extract and water in a medium size pot.

Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until the mixture thickens, whisking often. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Arrange the strawberries in the cooled cake shells and then pour the cooled strawberry glaze all over the strawberries making sure to cover all the berries. You may have some of the glaze left over so don’t over fill the cake shells.

Peach Version: Use canned peaches, drained (I prefer Dole). Follow the glaze recipe above but substitute peach jello in place of strawberry jello. Omit the strawberry extract and use a peach flavoring or extract. Peach extract can be hard to find.

Recipe yields: 2 cakes
Serves: 10 -12





16 comments:

April said... #

Yum, Your cake looks delicious!

dining room table said... #

You have put a generous amount of strawberry in this cake! It really looks so delicious!

Jane said... #

This cake looks awesome Tina! What a great summer dessert!

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☺lani☺ said... #

Yum! I love cheesecake. I bought strawberries from costco the other day, imported from California... a bit expensive and yet too sour.
Have a great week ahead of you, sorry I didn't bring anything this last Sunday. Next time!

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Sheila said... #

Wow Tina what a beautiful cake. Looks delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

Alwayzbakin said... #

That looks beautiful! Certainly great for a barbecue.

Jessica said... #

Your cake looks so tasty. I'm sure they were a hit! I don't have one of those tiara pans, but will definitely be on the lookout for them. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

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Kristin said... #

Definitely a cake that my kids will be interested in! It would be beautiful for 4th of July!
Thanks! Kristin @ www.katemcrostie.com

Anonymous said... #

I will try this one. Strawberries are abundant this year so the prices have been great. Thank you for sharing. It looks sooo good!!
Brenda

ajcabuang04 said... #

This recipe sure looks easy! I love anything with strawberries!!
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Martha said... #

I love the look of this recipe and can't wait to try it. I am linking to it from a blog post I'm doing about easy strawberry shortcake. I love simple easy recipes and your site is a goldmine of them!

terry said... #

I have a tiara pan that I have never used~ now I will have to! ;)

Susan Rain n Roses said... #

I was so excited to see this link @ the Gooseberry Patch Recipe Roundup! Perfect recipe for Easter!

Hugs,
Susan

patti keil said... #

So glad I stumbled across this recipe. I have one of these pans that I, too got from Duncan Hines years ago...haven't made anything in it in a LONG time since they don't make those dessert mixes anymore. Occasionally I see pans like this at thrift stores; I think I may have to pick up another one! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. :-)

Anonymous said... #

use almond extract for the peach tiara cake. strawberry cake looks wonderful.