The pink cake reminded me of strawberry cake that my family used to make a long time ago. It was from a box, and tasted wonderful. I realized I hadn’t seen Strawberry cake mix in a very long time.
The cake in this photo from Betty Crocker is not a strawberry cake, it’s just dyed pink. (You can find the recipe for the cake and the frosting here.) I decided I wanted to make a similar looking cake, but not using their recipe.
I looked at the small A&P near our apartment, but they didn’t have any boxed strawberry cake mix. I had to go to the larger Shoprite to find it – they had the Pillsbury kind.
This weekend I made a two layer strawberry cake with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting. It turned out really good (although definitely not as beautiful as Betty Crocker’s cake). The boxed strawberry cake was just as delicious as I remembered from my childhood.
If you’d like to try something similar, the recipe for Magnolia’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting that I used can be found online here. I made the strawberry cake exactly as directed on the box. You could also cut some fresh strawberries in half and place them around the top of the cake. I didn’t since I’m allergic to fresh strawberries. They would also make excellent cupcakes, and then you could put a strawberry half on top of every cupcake.