Strawberry Cream Cake

Update… This American flag design is the perfect way to dress up one of mine and my toddlers favorite desserts, The Best Strawberry Cream Cake! I hope this simple and delicious dessert becomes one of your Fourth of July traditions to make year after year!

Fire works are such a magical time every fourth of July. As I sit here typing this all I can think of is the excitement I had as a child watching the colorful show. It’s funny because that same excitement is still there as an adult. Just waiting for the grand finale that is so amazingly beautiful. Now being a mom of a toddler who can’t stay up late enough to watch no matter how hard I try, all I can do is pray they don’t startle and wake him. I can not wait till a year or two when I can see the excitement and joy on my child’s face for the incredible light show. So while I sit at home this fourth of July evening, the kid in me is impatiently waiting for that special time when I can share this wonderful holiday tradition with my little one!

The Best Strawberry Cream Cake is another spin on my favorite Trader Joe’s vanilla cake & baking mix

Strawberry Cream Cake

Simply pour the cake mixture into a longer pan so you get a thin layer of sweet cake, topped with luscious and creamy cream cheese frosting. The perfect grand finale to this cream cake is the thinly sliced strawberries all on top, with a sprinkle of sugar all over to add extra sweetness. This cake is simple and beautiful. I can not compare this dessert to my Raspberry Cream Filled Cupcakes even though they have many similarities. This recipe takes a little less time than the cupcakes and is oh so delicious.

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Strawberries and Cream

Strawberry Cream Cake Recipe

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  • Cake:
  • 1 box Trader Joe Vanilla Cake & Baking Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick melted butter (1/2 stick) plus extra for baking pan
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • About 2 pounds of strawberries
  • Sugar for dusting
  • Optional: Blueberries for flag cake and whip cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly grease 9×13 inch cake pan
  3. In large mixing bowl add lightly whisked eggs melted butter and cold milk
  4. Add cake mix and whisk until smooth
  5. Pour into greased cake pan and bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in center
  6. Set cake aside to cool
  7. Once cake has almost cooled start cream cheese frosting
  8. Add room temp butter and cream cheese into large bowl or stand mixer and beat until well incorporated
  9. Add vanilla and then powder sugar blending until a smooth consistency
  10. Carefully dollop small amounts at a time onto the top of the cake spreading the cream cheese evenly
  11. Then slice strawberries thin layering them as you go overlapping them slightly (or decorate with blueberries and strawberries for your American Flag cake)
  12. Finally sprinkle sugar lightly over all the strawberries for extra sweetness and to release some of the juices
  13. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated
  14. Important: 30 minutes before serving remove from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature before serving
  15. Special note: Flag Cake, If you would like the white cream in between the berries brighter you can pipe (use a pastry bag with the star attachment) fresh whipping cream or buy canned whip cream. Add the whip cream just before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert

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  1. it looks delicious!

  2. Hi Trina,

    Do you have a recipe with baking mix made from scratch, here in the UK unfortunately we don’t have Trader Joe. I did try with my own mix but it didn’t come out as it should. I’m keen to use up the last of our fantastic glut of strawberries, the best we’ve had in years.

    • Whisking Mama

      Hi Jenny, I do not have one at the moment that would work as lovely as the Trader Joe Cake mix does. I would have to experiment around with that a bit to figure it out. Any Cake recipe with vanilla will do I would just follow the instruction on that recipe for cooking the cake. If I come up with any other options other than getting a Trader Joe’s by you :)I will inform you right away.

  3. The Trader Joe’s cake mix is for an 8×8 pan – afraid baking it in a 9×13 will end up being a very thin cake?

    • Whisking Mama

      Yes, the box directions are different from this recipe. Don’t worry the directions are adjusted for baking time. The thin cake mixed with berries and cream pairs beautifully. Let me know how you like it, enjoy!

  4. Pam Nieting

    Made the strawberry only last weekend and it’s delicious! Increased frosting to 1 1/2 amount! Will definitely be making again.

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