Thursday, February 14, 2013

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake- RECIPE!

Since so many people have asked for the recipe, here it is:
Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

For the cake:

1 pkg of plain yellow cake mix
4 oz of reduced fat cream cheese at room temp
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs at room temp

For the filling and garnish:
2 quarts of fresh strawberries (Or any other seasonal fruit that you like!)
1 cup (8ozs) of Sour Cream
1 container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1- Make the cake. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat at 325F. Spray three 9 inch round cake pans line with parchment paper.

2- Place all cake ingredients in large mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer until all ingredients are well mixed.

Divide the cake mix between all three pans, approx 1 3/4 cups each pan. Smoothing the batter with a rubber spatula.

3- Bake the cake layers until they are golden brown and the tops spring back when touched. 20-25 minutes.

4- Meanwhile, make the filling. Cut off and discard the caps of the strawberries. Cut into 4 or 4 slices each. Place in a bowl and set aside.

5- Place sour cream, whipped topping and confectioners sugar in a bowl and beat together at med speed for about 2 minutes.

6- Transfer the cakes to wire racks to cool for 30 minutes.

7- To assemble cake: Transfer one layer right side up to a serving tray. Spoon a heaping cup of the filling on that layer and, using a spatula, spread it not quite to the edge of the cake. Arrange 1 1/2 cups of the sliced strawberries on top of the filling, making sure you spread them all the way to the edge. Repeat for the 2nd layer.

8- Place the final layer on top of the 2nd layer and spread the remaining filling over the top leaving the sides of the cake bare.
DO NOT add the remaining strawberries yet!

Place the cake in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours or overnight.

9- Just before serving, garnish the top of the cake with the remaining strawberries. I find it helpful to make a little strawberry wall around the edges and then fill in the middle, that way they do not slide off.



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