Triple Decker Strawberry Cake

(originally made 2003, have not made it since the smaller cake mixes have come out)

 Triple Decker Strawberry Cake

1 package white cake mix -- (18.25-ounce)
1 package strawberry gelatin -- (3-ounce)
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 large eggs
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries and
1 cup halved fresh strawberries for garnish
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese -- softened
1/4 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
16 ounces cool whip
1 pint strawberries -- chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three 9-inch round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening, then dust with flour, shaking out excess. Place the cake mix, gelatin, flour, oil, sugar, milk, eggs, strawberries and their juice in a large mixing bowl and blend with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides if needed. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and place them in the oven

Bake until cakes spring back when lightly pressed with your finger and just start to pull away from the sides of the pan, 33 to 35 minutes. Remove to rack to cool 10 mins. Remove from pan, cool completely on rack. To assemble, place one cake layer right side up on a serving platter. Spread the top with frosting. Repeat with remaining layers; the cake should now resemble a torte with the sides left unfrosted, or, if desired, sides can be frosted.

For Frosting:
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugars. Blend well and add vanilla. Fold in Cool Whip. Add strawberries until well blended.

"The Cake Mix Doctor- Ann Byrn"


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