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Strawberry Shortcut Layer Cake

It's still some time before those ripe juicy strawberries will be ripe for the picking.  In the meantime, if you need a quick and delicious layer cake I think you will agree that this one is a winner.
It uses a cake mix which is perfect when you are pinched for time in the kitchen.

  • 1 15.25 ounce (432 g) boxed Strawberry cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream (not fat reduced)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  1. Line two 9 inch pans with parchment paper on the bottom. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream and then drizzle in melted butter and beat on medium speed 2 minutes.  Batter will be thick.  Spread evenly into the two pans and bake 25 minutes and then test by sticking a toothpick in the centre.  It should come out clean.
  3. Remove the pans to a wire rack.  Allow to sit a few minutes until cool enough to handle.  Carefully turn the cake out onto your hand and then put parchment paper side down on a wire rack to cool.
Creamy Pudding Strawberry Frosting
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding 
  • 1 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 heaping tablespoons strawberry jam
  1. Beat together instant pudding and cold mix in a medium mixing bowl for two minutes.
  2. Add whipping cream and beat until fluffy.  Beat in the strawberry jam and then refrigerate until set.
  3. Cut each layer into two layers to make a 4 layer cake.  Spread a thin layer of frosting between each layer and then a thin layer on sides and the remaining on top.  Garnish with sliced strawberries.
For an easy way to serve smaller and average appetites and to get 16 slices out of a 9 inch layer cake, cut cake into four even pieces and then split that four to make eight pieces and then cut a V-shape at the top of each piece.  You can make even more small pieces by cutting each of the edge pieces in half. That's the way my Mom did it!


  1. For the cake mix, you don't mention a brand. I am in Canada and in case I am not allowed to mention the brand, would it be one that is made initials BC? Looks delicious.

    1. I don't think the brand really matters that much. Does BC have pudding in the mix? If not... I'd add in a small package of vanilla pudding to the mix. I happened to pick up a mix once when we were in the states.

    2. Yep it says pudding in the mix. Wasn't sure if the brand would matter or not so am going to pick one up and make this on the weekend.

  2. What a clever way to cut up a cake. So pretty too. I know 7 grandkids who would love this cake.

  3. Made my mouth water for strawberry flavor. It is easy and you can tell it is going to taste fabulous and fresh.

  4. I am in Canada and have never seen a Strawberry Cake Mix, in any brand name, would love to know where in Canada to buy one?

  5. Could not find BC Strawberry Cake mix.Did find a new mix by DH,Strawberry Cupcake Mix.It only makes 12 cupcakes,so I used 2,and added 1 vanilla pudding mix,and a bit of cream.It worked great.You can always use the icing that comes with the mix for something else.Mike

  6. One thought for those not able to find a strawberry cake mix. I have also seen this type of strawberry cake made with a white cake mix and a small box of strawberry jello for the flavor.