Doctored Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake has received rave reviews. I'll start with the story...

Tim has an assistant.

Her name is Mary.

Mary is going to kill me for putting up a picture of her on my blog.

Mary, please forgive me, in advance.

I also have a husband. His name is Tim.

Tim needs assisting. Tim needs a lot of assisting.

That is one of the many reasons I love Mary so much. Tim needs Mary's assistance. Mary assists Tim. Tim is happy/less stressed; therefore, I am happy/less stressed.

Mary, we love you.

So it was Mary's birthday, and I believe in taking care of my husband's assistant. I think my mother ingrained it in me since I was young. At his job, my father had-count 'em-5 assistants. Assisting some of these men is no easy feat. This is why I bake them cakes. To keep them around. To keep my husband happy at work. To keep the husbands of the world in line while their wives catch a break.

Now, I love a homemade cake just like everyone, but I didn't have the time to do such a thing. I decided to doctor a strawberry cake mix instead, and like I said...rave reviews.

  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 oz container of strawberry gelatin
  • 10 oz (or whatever's closest) pack of frozen strawberries


First, we're going to grab these three ingredients-they're what I consider the "doctoring" part of the cake.

We're going to purée the strawberries, juice and all.

In a mixer, we're going to combine the cake mix and the gelatin powder. I got the generic brand of gelatin for about $.30.

Add in all of the except for a small splash (about 1/8th of a cup).

Mix it up!

Add the eggs.

Toss in the oil and the water.

Toss in the oil and the water.

Bake in whatever size pan you choose at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until cooked all the way through. 

I used my tried-and-true cream cheese frosting. After making the frosting, I added in the leftover "splash" of the strawberry purée.

Top with a few sprinkles.

Happy birthday, Mary! You are loved and appreciated.

Love and the women that help keep things together,

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