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The Best Strawberry Cake Ever

    Ingredients:

    1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
    1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
    1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
    4 large eggs
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    ¼ cup water
    Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows
    Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
    ¼ cup butter, softened
    1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
    ½ teaspoon strawberry extract
    7 cups confectioners’ sugar
    Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional

    Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.
    In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
    For the frosting:
    In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in ¼ cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.
    Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.