Perfect for feeding a crowd, this Strawberry Sheet Cake made with fresh pureed strawberries is especially tasty!
I love fresh strawberry desserts when berries are in season. If I’m not making this Strawberry Sheet Cake, I’m whipping up Strawberry Shortcakes or Strawberry Cupcakes!
Strawberry Texas Sheet Cake
Some of my most popular recipes on the blog are my White Texas Sheet Cake and classic Texas Sheet Cake!
Yes, they’re delicious, but we also like them because they are simple and an easy way to feed a lot of people. 😉
This Strawberry Sheet Cake is a new favorite version! It’s filled with so much strawberry flavor because it uses both fresh pureed strawberries, plus a package of strawberry jello. Not to mention the smooth and creamy strawberry frosting on top – it’s amazing!!
If you love strawberries and easy cakes, this is the recipe to try!! It’s one of our favorite strawberry cake recipes!
Recipe for Strawberry Sheet Cake
First and foremost, you will NOT be using the instructions or ingredients that are listed on the box of cake mix or jello. Only use the white cake mix according to the instructions in my recipe!
PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
PUREE. Add the strawberries to a blender or food processor and blend. You will need 1 cup of pureed strawberries for the cake batter, plus an additional ¼ cup of pureed strawberries for the frosting. Set aside.
BATTER. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the cake mix, large eggs, and oil until well combined. Add JELL-O powder and 1 cup strawberry puree to the flour mixture. Mix well.
BAKE. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let the cake cool.
Make cupcakes: Simply divide the batter into about 24 cupcake tins. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully as bake times vary from oven to oven. Cool and frost.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
This strawberry frosting is the PERFECT partner for Strawberry Sheet Cake!
CREAM. While the cake is cooling, make the strawberry frosting. Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and strawberry puree, then mix until smooth and well combined.
FROST. Once the cake is completely cooled, spread the frosting on the cake. Frosting may be made in advance. Store in a container in the fridge for one day before frosting. Give it a good mix before spreading it on the cake or cupcakes.
Recipe Tips + Variations
Frozen strawberries. Use plain frozen strawberries instead of fresh. Simply allow the berries to thaw a bit, then puree them in the blender. Be careful not to thaw them all the way otherwise they will be too wet and mushy.
Cake mix. The box cake mixes at my grocery store are 15.25 ounces. Only use the dry cake mix powder and follow the sheet cake recipe, not the recipe listed on the box.
Strawberry gelatin. I used the Jell-O brand, but a generic 3 oz package of strawberry jello will work. Use only the gelatin powder and follow the cake recipe, not the recipe on the jello box.
Strawberries. A 16-ounce container of fresh strawberries should easily make enough puree: 8 large strawberries weigh approximately 5 ounces and can make ½ cup of puree. For this recipe, you’ll need 12-13 ounces of strawberries.
Easy clean up. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to help keep the cake from sticking to the pan. Spray the sides with cooking spray.
Serving + Variations
Sheet cake servings is a term used for a single-layer cake. They are often made to serve a large number of people. A full sheet cake is 18”x26”, a half sheet cake is about 12”x18”, and a quarter sheet cake is about 9”x13”.
To create a larger size sheet cake make 2, 3, or 4 batches of this cake. Place them side by side and frost them as if it was one large sheet cake.
- A party serving of cake is 1½” x 2” slices
- A wedding serving of cake is 1” x 2” slices
Round cake. Divide the batter evenly into two 9” round cake pans. Reduce the bake time to 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few cooked crumbs.
Variations. To make a raspberry version, use 1¼ cup pureed raspberries and a box of raspberry gelatin. We do have recipes for other fruity sheet cakes including cherry, lime, and lemon.
STORE leftover cake, covered, in the fridge for 3-4 days.
FREEZE. Flash freeze first by placing the leftovers on a baking pan and sticking them in the freezer until solid. Wrap the pieces of cake with plastic wrap then again with foil. Freeze for 2-3 months. When you’re ready to eat, simply unwrap and allow them to thaw.
Note: If you topped the cake with fresh berries, remove them before storing.
For more yummy sheet cake recipes:
- Lemon Sheet Cake
- White Texas Sheet Cake
- Best Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Lime Sheet Cake
- Chocolate Sheet Cake Bites
- Cherry Sheet Cake
Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
- 16 oz strawberries rinsed and with tops cut off
- 1 box white cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 oz strawberry jello mix
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup strawberry puree
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Begin by adding your strawberries to a blender or food processor and blending. You will need 1 cup of pureed strawberries for the cake batter, plus an additional ¼ cup of pureed strawberries for the frosting.
- Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil in a large bowl until well combined. Add JELL-O and 1 cup strawberry puree. Mix well.
- Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let the cake cool.
- While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and strawberry puree. Frost cake. ENJOY!
Recipe adapted from Southern Bite.
Your cake looks so good Lily. Thank you. Have a fun day. It’s raining here and is suppose to all day long. Have a good week!
This is beautiful! I want this strawberry cake all to myself!
Absolutely adorable!! And your cake looks amazing! I need to give this a try with my daughter 🙂
Love a good sheet cake, and this one looks fabulous! Pinning for later!
Oh my!!! This cake looks so refreshing and adorable for Valentines too.
Fresh strawberries in a cake?! Yes please!
Sheet cakes are the best and yours looks so pretty! My daughter loves baking with me too, we might need to make this cake very soon.
A perfectly pink dessert my girls would go crazy over!
Looks and sounds delicious. Thank you and have a good weekend!
Thanks, Liz – hope you had a great weekend!! 😀
What should I use instead of a food processor? I don’t have one.
A blender will work too. 😉
Can’t wait to try this,looks so good!
Did you try it yet? We love it!! I’d love to know!
What is “strawberry puree” that you need in the icing?
It is strawberries and a little sugar that have been pureed in like a food processor. If you have a cup of strawberries, add like 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar and puree in a processor or blender. You could even buy strawberry puree. Hope that helps:)
Do you have any suggestion for adjusting the bake time for the cake to make two circular 8inch cakes?
The baking time should be the same. If they were the 9in, it be a few min shorter. Let me know how you like! We love it!
How I make my cake icing thicker for the strawberry cake
You could try adding more powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, until it is as thick as you want. I hope that helps 🙂
This might be am obvious answer but..do you add the cups of water required or no water at all?
No, do not make the cake according to the box. No water 🙂
Love this no need for sugar in purée ! Best Recipe ever! Thankyou for sharing!????
Yay! I am glad you think so! Thank you for letting me know!
How many inches is your sheet pan in depth?
I haven’t measured, but it’s just a regular 9×13 pan, so what is that..like an inch & 1/2?? 2??
Can’t wait to make this and I love that you used real strawberries in it!
Looks so yummy.
Thank you!! It tastes so good! I hope you give it a try!
do you just put the jello in with the cake mix straight from the box?
Yep 🙂 Hope you like it!!
Came back to print this …. just had to tell you that this is the best cake!!! my nephew (18 years old) loves it so much that he requested that i make it for his 18th birthday – no bakery cake -only aunt heidi’s homemake strawberry cake would do ! thanks for your hard work in bringing us such great & easy recipes
That’s awesome!! Thank you so much for letting me know that!! Makes me so happy to hear!
Very FAVORABLE❤️ MoistEst strawberry cake ever and the small amount of cream cheese in the icing make it fabu
Awe, thank you so much for saying that!!
Thank you for the recipes love them all
Yay!! I am so glad you do! Thank you!!
This would be awesome, BUT U CANT SEE FOR THE ADVERTISING
Can I use a strawberry cake instead of white cake?
You sure could! Enjoy!
Made this deliciously moist strawberry cake for a family get-together. Was the favorite dessert there, everybody loved it. Hubby now requests it! Have frozen individual pieces and it’s just as good when thawed as it is fresh!
Oh I’m so glad to hear you loved the cake! What a great idea to freeze individual portions for later. Thanks for sharing!
My hubby & kids would prefer this over chocolate any day! It is the moistest cake ever & that frosting is creamy & delicious!
We have made this numerous times & every time, it’s gone in minutes! I love how moist it is!
Not only is the sheet cake beautiful, It’s so flavorful!!! Perfect for a Shower or any OCCASION really!
Chocolate is my favorite but this strawberry cake is so fresh and yummy!
Strawberry anything is my favorite. This is such a super easy recipe to get a fabulous TASTING dessert.
Can we use any oil?
I would personally use vegetable or canola oil. I haven’t tried any other ones.
This is an old recipe I’ve had for 40 years known as Fresh Florida Strawberry Cake!
Love the name! Thank you!
This cake looks wonderful! Is the frosting thick enough to use for a layer cake?
It sure is! Let me know how your layer cake turns out. That sounds divine!
Made this for my son’s football dinner with his teammates. They loved it, and begged for more. I will definitely make this again and look forward to trying other flavors.
I’m so happy the football team loved it so much! I love how many different flavors you can try with this cake. Let me know which ones you try. I’d love to hear!
Can you make these into cupcakes and not sheet cake?
Sure! Simply divide the batter into about 24 cupcake tins. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully as bake times vary from oven to oven. Cool and frost. Enjoy!
This cake is so delicious made it twice in two weeks for a church gathering and a birthday cook out every one enjoyed it so much great recipe
I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it! This sheet cake has definitely been a crowd pleaser over at my house too. Thank so much for sharing!
This is AMAZING! I have made this repeatedly for family and friends with no complaints. Moist and decadent!!!
Thank you!! I’m so glad you love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I think I’d like to try this for my daughter’s June birthday party. Would it work well to make two cakes to layer them, and if so, would you also recommend doubling or tripling the icing? It looks delicious!!
You could certainly try that! I haven’t make this cake as a layered cake before, but you could! If you were doubling the recipe to make two cakes, I’d also suggest doubling the frosting. If you do it as a layered cake, you’ll have to let us know how it turns out!
The frosting ended up melting like I have never seen before. It looked curdled. This at least for me will need to stay in the refrigerator until serving. It was also wetter then most frostings
Apparently everyone loved it at my mom’s class
But when she brought it home it was literally sitting in the liquid the frosting had turned to
That’s so strange! I wonder if the frosting got too warm? If it is super runny in the future, you can try adding a bit more powdered sugar to try to thicken it a bit. Storing in the fridge is a good idea too to help the frosting set.
I always get request for this cake! Yummy and easy!
Does this need to be refrigerated?
Can I use regular butter instead of unsalted
Loved this strawberry cake! It was perfect for Valentine’s Day party!
Love the flavor from the fresh berries in the cake, and the frosting is epic! I could eat it just by the spoonful!
Okay this was beyond delicious! Nothing better than a good sheet cake, thank you so much.
Made this for my wife’s bday last year (2022), turned out amazing! She’s requested I make this cake again this year! Yum!
I will never understand why cooking times for most recipes that I’ve seen are always wrong, and the food is done in less than half the time that the recipe states. This cake recipe said 350° for 30 mins in a 13×9. I checked it 23 mins in and it was burnt. Also the frosting was way too sweet.
Thanks for the feedback. Elevation, weather, and temperature can all affect baking time. And every oven is different too. So that could factor into the baking times not being exact. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!
Maybe your oven needs an oven thermometer on the inside, to be sure it’s at the correct temp.
Can I use a strawberry cake mix instead of white and still add the fresh puréed strawberries?