We celebrated hubby’s birthday last week and I made a triple layer berry cake. I am not usually a cake baker and my pictures are not as good as the cake tasted! What I love about this recipe is that it uses a boxed cake recipe to start with added ingredients to make it homemade (or semi-homemade!).
Recipe: Triple Layer Berry Cake
- 1 package white cake mix (18.25-ounce)
- 1 package strawberry gelatin (3-ounce)
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup simple berry sauce
- 2 tubs white frosting (16 ounces)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place cake mix, gelatin, eggs, sugar, flour, strawberries, applesauce and milk in a large mixing bowl.
- Beat at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute.
- Scrape down the sides, and beat at medium speed 2 more minutes, stopping to scrape down sides. Batter should be bit fluffy when mixed well.
- Pour batter into 3 well greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.
- Bake at 350° for 26-29 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger.
- Cool in pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans by turning upside down and cool completely on wire racks.
- When the cake is cool, spread frosting over one layer of cake. Place berry sauce (recipe for berry sauce at this link) over the frosting. Stack a second layer of cake on top and repeat frosting and berry sauce layers. Place the third layer on top and use the rest of the frosting to cover the cake. I also placed the remaining berry sauce on the very top layer of frosting. There is a Strawberry Buttercream Frosting recipe that goes with this cake if you prefer that over store bought frosting.
- The original recipe calls for vegetable oil instead of the 1 cup of applesauce. I always try to substitute applesauce for oil as I don’t like the extra calories. No one could tell I used applesauce!
- You can also use frozen strawberries if you don’t have fresh ones. Just let the strawberries defrost and puree with a hand blender before adding to the cake batter.
This would be a great cake to make for Valentine’s Day!