Kitchen Bloopers–Strawberry Cake Round #2

I know it is not good to share the post I have published previously,  but I had show this kitchen blooper. I am not sure what happened this time around as this is the second time I made this recipe and it was a total flop. Strawberries are plentiful in our house after the second picking trip so I thought I would try  Ellen’s Great Aunt’s Strawberry Cake.

I let the cakes cool, although it was quite humid in the house. I also decided to try a new frosting product from Duncan Hines.

I like the concept that you start with a plain frosting, that tastes very plain by the way, and you can add your own flavoring that not only changes the taste but changes colors as well.
I chose Strawberry Short cake for this cake. So instead of making the butter cream with the strawberries like last time, I thought I would take a short cut and it had the cute pink coloring.

This is the first cake I made last year:

Here it is this year?

Starting to frost it, so far so good:

After about 1 hour:

After it I put the cake in the fridge to harden up the frosting:

 As my children say, it may not look good but it tastes good. Fortunately I was just making it for the family not to bring to an event or serve company so it was not as frustrating as that scenario.

What do you think might have happened?

Here is the recipe again:

Here is the email sent to me, the red print is how it was tweaked
Saw you post about the strawberry bread and had to share my great aunt’s (she’s 102!)recipe for Strawberry cake. It is so delish and your children will love helping!

1 box white cake mix
3/4 c Wesson oil
1/2 c water
1 small package strawberry jello
4 eggs
1/2 c mashed strawberries

Blend jello & cake mix. Add oil and water then eggs, one at a time. Add 1 cup of strawberries last. Pour into 2 9 inch round baking pans Bake at 350 for 25 min. Allow to cool completely on racks before frosting.

cream one stick butter and add i box of confectioner’s sugar, alternating sugar w/ 1/2 cup mashed strawberry’s.

I have never made the frosting, tastes better to me out of the can. You can still add the berry’s to pre-made frosting and garnish with strawberry’s on top.

It’s so moist and yummy!

I was not given the frosting product to as a free sample, I purchased this on my own out of curiosity.



  1. My husband loves strawberries.I will try this recipe for him.

  2. It could be the extra strawberries and how well they were mashed. The cake probably wasn’t able to”bond” to itself enough if there were too many strawberries

  3. Maria-just my opinion-do you think the ingredients were too heavy
    for the round 9 inch pans. Maybe a 9 by 13 would distribute the
    the weight of the ingredients more evenly.

  4. I don’t know what happened. I’m far from Betty Crocker. It sounds good though and I wouldn’t be surprised if mine did that too 🙂

  5. Still looks Super YUM to me too!

  6. Still looks yummy to me!! 🙂

  7. I’m not the greatest baker, so I am not sure what happened. At least it tasted good! 🙂

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