Strawberry Cake

The Perfect Dessert For The Summer!
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 25 minutes 
Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes
Cooling Time: 2-3 hours 

1 box white cake mix
1 (3 oz.) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, pureed
3 cups fresh strawberries, halved for topping
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup water
2-4 drops red food coloring (optional)
Fresh whipped cream
Cooking Tools
9 inch spring form pan
Hand mixer
Food processor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease pan and set aside.  Puree strawberries in the food processor, to yield 1 1/2 cups.  In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, vanilla extract, eggs, oil, butter and water.  You can add food coloring to make the cake batter more red. Beat at a medium speed with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Completely cool cake in pan and release sides of pan and remove.  Place fresh whipped cream on top of cooled cake and layer with fresh strawberry halves.  Serve immediately.
Serves 8

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