This delicious cake is so easy to make with an angel food cake mix and fresh strawberries. Anna Batts Tyson | Special to the Times
By Lisa Boykin Batts
Try this easy strawberry cake
Dessert starts with angel food cake mix
I hope to get back to new recipes soon. But this week, I’m sharing a recipe from May 2012. I’ve been enjoying local strawberries the last few weeks and would love to make this recipe again soon!
I got a call last week from Anne Sharpe, a loyal reader of my food column.
Anne had guests to cook for, and she wondered what I thought of a recipe idea she and her daughter had. Anne had made two-ingredient angel food pineapple cake some weeks back, and she wanted to try it with strawberries. She asked my opinion.
I told her to please try it and let me know the outcome. I wondered that night how the cake had turned out. I was so pleased when she called the next day with the results. The cake was delicious and a hit with her guests!
I couldn’t wait to make my cake and went home at lunch Friday and mixed it up.
Anne used a 15-ounce package of thawed frozen strawberries for her cake and added in a few fresh berries. I had a lot of strawberries in my refrigerator from a visit to a local strawberry farm earlier in the week, so I used fresh. I sliced enough berries to equal two cups. I poured them in a bowl and sprinkled about 1/8 cup of sugar over them, then mixed them up and let them sit. An hour later, there was plenty of gorgeous red juice with the fresh berries.
Using my mixer, I blended the berries and juice with an angel food cake mix. There were no other ingredients. I mixed for about two minutes and watched as the batter rose and expanded and turned a beautiful shade of pink!
The cake rose even more as it baked, but it did fall some once it cooled. I didn’t wait for it to cool before I tried it, though! It’s really good. Really, really good. I like it even better than the pineapple!
That night, I cut up more fresh strawberries and sprinkled them on top of individual servings, then put a dollop of low-fat whipped topping on for good measure. The dessert was a big hit with my family. We ate it with the berries and topping this weekend as well as without the toppings. It’s delicious both ways.
When I ran that first angel food cake recipe, I know there was a run on the grocery stores for angel food cake mix. I hope everyone has a mix in their pantry or can find a mix on the shelves because this cake is delicious and the perfect way to use those wonderful Wilson County strawberries!
Strawberry Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake mix
2 cups fresh strawberries
1⁄8 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice strawberries to mea- sure 2 cups. Add 1⁄8 cup sugar and stir to blend. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour until juice has formed.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, mix cake mix with strawberries and juice for 2 minutes. Do not add any other ingredients. I baked mine in a 13X9- inch dish, which I had prepared with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for30 minutes.
Cake can be served without topping or with fresh strawberries and whipped topping.
*The pineapple cake is basically the same. Instead of strawberries, add a can of crushed pineapple in its own juice (my readers have used both the 15.5 and 20 oz. sizes). Do not add extra sugar.
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