Auntie D gave me my great Aunt Dixie’s strawberry cake recipe seven years ago. Seven. My printed recipe is actually a copy of her email dated 2010. Why did I wait so long to make this cake?
Aunt Dixie hosted all the family gatherings at her house each holiday for her husband’s brothers, sisters, and multiple children plus grands.
By the time I came along, our “branch” was large enough to gather at my grandparents’ house. So, I went to Aunt Dixie’s house only twice that I remember. I never saw or tasted Aunt Dixie’s famous strawberry cake. But I heard about it. I remember sensing that going to Aunt Dixie’s house was something very special – an event that everyone looked forward to.
It was a happy place. I do remember that!
Spunky Daughter has been in finals, and she turned in her last project that was due yesterday morning. She came to our house to crash afterwards. We’re talking several 4 AM mornings this past week. Meaning, she worked on projects in the studio at school until 4 AM and then grabbed two hours of sleep before heading off to classes for the day.
So…that girl needed some celebration! SD loves strawberry cake.
It’s her favorite.
It was time.
The recipe says to bake it in a tube pan. So I did. The smell was heavenly! Your dog will lick the air. Haha! Does your dog do that when they smell yummy food cooking?
I mixed the frosting, and it seemed a little loose. That’s when I noticed a note at the bottom of the recipe that it takes one large box of frozen strawberries.
Uh-oh. I blended fresh strawberries (in the blender) and added it into my frosting – and the cake. It certainly didn’t hurt the cake!
I nearly added more powdered sugar to the frosting, but then I threw caution to the wind and went with it as it was.
My friend D calls the Krispy Kreme™ frosting fountain the fountain of love. I imagined this cake running under this fountain of strawberry love, and that’s exactly what it looked like. Strawberry love oozing all around the cake.
When we tore into it, the cake was moist and the frosting creamy…heaven!
I was really wishing for you to be there at this point.
~To smell it and to enjoy that sweet strawberry moist cake and creamy frosting.~
- 1 cake mix (white or yellow)
- 4 tablespoons plain flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup strawberries and juice
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 1 box strawberry jello (small box)
- Frosting: 1 lb. box powdered sugar, 1 stick butter (softened), ½ cup strawberries and juice
- Mix cake ingredients except eggs. Then add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each.
- Pour batter into prepared tube pan and bake at 350 degrees about 50 minutes. Cool completely before adding frosting.
- Mix frosting ingredients well. Frost cake, and enjoy!
So I ask you. Do you need a reason to celebrate this weekend?
Quick! You have to think of something! Any excuse will do.