This is a great cake to make during strawberry season with fresh picked strawberries or you can also use frozen strawberries when fresh are not available. It's also a really easy cake to make and is so moist. Here is what you will need:
1 white cake mix (get the full size cake mix, some companies have drastically reduced them)
1 (3.5 oz.) box strawberry gelatin
2 cups sliced strawberries (reserve 1/4 cup with juice for frosting)
2 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. water
1/2 cup Sprite or water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 lb. (16 oz.) box of powdered sugar
1/4 cup strawberries with juice
3/4 stick of butter or 6 Tbs.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the sliced strawberries in a bowl with the 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Stir together to dissolve sugar and let sit while you mix the other cake ingredients.
Combine the cake mix, gelatin, Sprite or water (it's better if you replace the water with Sprite), eggs and vegetable oil. Mix well with an electric mixer. Add the strawberries with the juice, reserving 1/4 cup for the icing. Blend with the electric mixer to break up the strawberries some. When mixed pour into a 9"x13" pan that has been sprayed with nonstick baking spray.
Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Once cooled prepare icing by beating the reserved strawberries with the butter and the powdered sugar. Spread over cooled cake while still in the pan. Cut and serve!