This cake should be your next special occasion cake. For most of you that would be Mother's Day.
For me - any day is a cake day.
This is a cake I stole (with permission) from Robin@Bird On A Cake. If you are not familiar with Robin's cakes I advise you to get familiar with them.
This is also the cake I picked from all my Pinterest cakes for my sister to make for Mr. Quirky's birthday last month while we were visiting there.
And it is the cake I made last week. The one that tasted wonderful, but was too ugly for pictures. And I had to give you a recipe for green beans.
I had a problem with the frosting you see. Had a little trouble keeping it on the cake. I've had this problem with strawberry frosting before. But the frosting in Robin's pictures looked perfect. I thought that if I just followed the recipe my frosting would look just like hers. But alas. It did not. It did not look like hers. Or my sister's - the one she made in March. But it was good. And I ate it - or a lot of it.
Then I made another one. It tastes even better than the others. And I made the frosting with less strawberry puree. And it was still saggy. So I added more sugar. And it thickened up nicely. So I put it on the cake.
Would you just look at this?
Do you see what I see? (besides that I didn't blend the cream cheese and butter effectively) Looky there - you can just see the frosting melting down the sides of the cake.
With strawberry frosting sag.
Perhaps for the rest of my life. Unless someone can help me. Can you help me?
You MUST try this cake.
Just look at all that moist gooey deliciousness.
This is how you make your own. I guarantee it will be wonderful. I can't guarantee the frosting will be pretty, but it will be wonderful.
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cake
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 (3 oz.) box of strawberry instant gelatin
- 1/2 cup pureed strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup oil
- 4 eggs
- 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup pureed strawberries
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottoms of two 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper, and spray the sides with cooking oil.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add water and oil; mix on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add strawberries and beat until blended. Pour into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with wax paper; spray the sides with cooking oil.
Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar together. Mixing by hand, add the eggs one at time. Blend in vanilla. Pour half of the cheesecake batter into the prepared pan. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with the pureed strawberries. Drop puree by spoonfuls on top of the batter. Drag a knife back and forth through the batter to swirl in the puree. Pour the rest of the batter in the pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and continue baking for 45-50 more minutes. Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to release the cheesecake. Cool completely in the pan, then chill in the refrigerator.
(I used a water bath the second time. This made the cheesecake MUCH creamier and it did not crack at all)
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Beat in strawberries and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth.
Assembling Your Cake
Remove the sides only of the springform pan, level the top of your cheesecake and trim off any brown edges. Level and trim your cake layers. Place one cake layer on a cake stand. Cover with a thin layer of frosting. Invert the cheesecake on top of the cake layer, remove the bottom of the pan and the wax paper. Cover cheesecake with a thin layer of frosting. Top with the second layer of cake and spread frosting over the entire cake.
Try not to let your frosting sag.
I read somewhere that the best strawberry frosting is made with freeze-dried strawberries. They say that you can find them in the produce section where all the dried fruits are. They also make the frosting really pink.
Make something wonderful today!
I'll be eating cake...
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