My Friend Joyce Towle gave me this recipe because it’s always a hit at the office. I made it for my brother Sam for his birthday one year and it instantly became his favorite. It’s a very simple cake that receives rave reviews from all who enjoy it. I hope it becomes one of your favorites too!
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 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree. (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.
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
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
7 cups confectioners' sugar
Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional
The most refreshing drink this time of year and through the hot Oklahoma summer months is the mix of sweet tea and lemonade. This drink is named after famed golfer, Arnold Palmer and I am so glad he shared this mix with the world. My Aunt Karon introduced me to this drink and it has remained at the very top of my list of non-carbonated drinks since.
1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar (this is called a simple syrup.) Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp (this is where the flavor is at!).
In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
1 gallon of water
5 small tea bags
1 cup of white sugar
Bring half a gallon water to a boil. Remove from heat and steep tea bags in hot water for 15 minutes.
Pour hot tea with half a gallon of cold water.
Add sugar & Stir until dissolved.
In a glass, add 3/4 cups lemonade to 1/4 tea. Serve over ice! Awww! Refreshing!!!
Note: If this is too sweet for you, do not add sugar to the tea. Still a great drink!
My Uncle Aaron and absolutely LOVES lemon meringue pie. I however am not so good at the "pie" part. So I found this recipe that I can't wait to try out for Father's Day this year for him. I love you, Uncle Aaron.
Lemon Meringue Pie Bars