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A Hearty Dessert Recipe

A Hearty Dessert Recipe

Making a big impression on your little sweethearts is a piece of cake with this Valentine's Day dessert, which gets its color from strawberries and red Jell-O and its shape from two standard-size cakes.


  • 1 18 1/4-ounce box white cake mix (plus eggs, water, and oil, as directed on box)
  • 1 3-ounce box strawberry-flavored Jell-O
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen sliced strawberries, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red or pink candies


1. To begin, heat the oven. Meanwhile grease and flour two 8-inch baking pans, one round and one square, as directed on the cake mix box. Add the Jell-O to the cake mix, then prepare the mix as directed on the box. Fold half of the strawberries into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake according to the package directions. Remove the cakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely on wire racks.

2. To make the frosting, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the remaining strawberries and beat until well combined.

A Hearty Dessert - Step 3

3. Cut the round cake in half and place the two semicircles against two sides of the square cake, as shown.

A Hearty Dessert - Step 4

4. Spread on the frosting and decorate to your heart's content with the red or pink candies.