Fresh Strawberry Cake

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 This is a recipe my mother in law gave me when I first got married.  I have been making this recipe ever since and everyone loves it.  Fresh strawberries really make a difference in the taste of the cake.  It doesn’t take a lot of time to make.  The only thing that takes time is waiting for it to cool off before putting the icing on it.

Cake:

1 box white cake mix
1 box strawberry jello
2/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
2/3 cup crushed fresh berries

Icing:
1/2 stick butter
3 oz. package cream cheese
Dash of salt
1 pound powdered sugar
1/3 cup crushed berries

Cake: Mix cake mix and jello until blended. Add oil and water and beat 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs and berries and beat 2 to 3 minutes. Bake in a lightly greased and floured 9×13 inch pan or 3 layer pans. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-30 for layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes for 9×13 pan. (I ended up cooking my 9×13 inch pan for 35 minutes.)

Icing: Beat butter and cream cheese with salt until smooth. Gradually beat in 1/2 the powdered sugar, then the strawberries, then the remaining powdered sugar until smooth. Ice cooled cake.

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Earthquake Cake-it shakes my world!!

This has got to be my favorite cake, hands down.  I love the chocolate gooey pecan, coconut and cream cheese concoction.  What makes this cake even better, is how easy it is to make.  It is also a wonderful picnic cake.  It doesn’t have any icing on it to melt in the hot temperatures.

Spray a 13×9 inch pan with an oil spray.  Sprinkle 1 cup of coconut and 1 cup of chopped pecans on the bottom of the pan.

Following the instructions on the back of a German Chocolate Cake mix.  Pour the batter on top of the coconut and pecan mixture.

Pour 1 pound of powdered sugar into a bowl.

Add 8 oz. of softened cream cheese to the powdered sugar.

Then add 1 melted stick of butter to the powdered sugar.

Cream the powdered sugar, cream cheese and melted butter together.

Using a spoon, put a dollop of the powdered sugar/cream cheese mixture on top of the cake mix.  Put the dollops all over the top of the cake.

After the dollops are put on top of the cake, it should look something like this.  Cook this in a 350 degree oven for about 50 minutes or until done.

When taken out of the oven, it will look like this.  It looks like an earthquake hit it with the fault lines and everything in it.   Try it sometime.  It will shake your world too!