Strawberry Crunch Cake
My family has fallen in love with this strawberry crunch cake. Isn’t it so cute? My kids made this one all by themselves, with a secret ingredient. They used box cake mixes and then decorated the cake. It came out really cute and the kids had so much fun making it. This cake was a three-layer masterpiece. They used two strawberry cake mixes and one vanilla cake mix.
Do you have fond memories of eating Good Humor strawberry shortcake bars when you were young? Our family was obsessed with these delicious bars. This cake reminds us of that summer treat. This strawberry crunch cake is also a great way to show off your delicious fresh summer strawberries. Strawberry picking is a great activity to do with your kids and this cake is a lovely way to show off those fresh-picked strawberries.
As you can see, the ingredients for this strawberry crunch cake are quite simple. You need your cake mixes, some eggs and oil, and then your cookies and freeze-dried strawberries.
Make sure you let your cakes cool. If you frost the cakes while they are hot the buttercream will melt. Waiting for the cakes to cool is the hardest part of this recipe.
The strawberry crunchies decorations could not be easier to make. Simply combine vanilla wafers and freeze-dried strawberries in a blender or food processor and crush them up. If you do not have vanilla wafers you can also use Chessmen cookies. If your kids want to make the crunchies themselves, they can put the cookies and strawberries in a ziplock bag and crush them with their hands.
The cake is so pretty as it is getting assembled. If you do not have a big family, you might want to make this a two-layer cake. One vanilla layer and one strawberry layer is easier to make. If you are making a two-layer cake instead, you will only need half as much buttercream and strawberry crunchies. Another fun option is to add some fresh strawberries to the buttercream and you have a rich strawberry flavor throughout.
Try to work fairly quickly as you frost your cake layers. You want the fresh frosting to stick to the strawberry crunchies easily. If you work too slowly it will be hard to get the strawberry crunchies to stick.
A quick tip for you. After you frost the cake, place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and then add the crunchies on the outside of the cake. This makes it much easier to clean up, and you can put the crunchies that fall off back into your bowl.
Have fun decorating your strawberry crunch cake with more buttercream, more strawberry crunchies, and some delicious fresh strawberries on top.
- 2 boxes strawberry cake mix
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 1 cup water per cake mix
- 3 large eggs per cake mix
- 1/3 cup oil per box mix
- 1 tsp vanilla per box mix
- Non stick spray or cake release
- Strawberry Crunchies:
- 2 8 oz package freeze-dried strawberries
- 1/2 box vanilla wafers or chessman cookies, crushed
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- fresh strawberries, for garnish
- 2 cups. butter, softened
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1 TB pure vanilla extract
- 6-8 TB heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Spray three 8-inch round baking pans with non stick spray or use a cake release spray.
- Prepare each cake mix according to the package instructions.
- Pour each cake mix into the prepared pans, you should have two strawberry cakes and one vanilla cake.
- Bake according to the package instructions.
- Let the cakes cool in the pans for at least thirty minutes before moving them to a wired rack to cool.
- Make the frosting while the cakes are cooling.
- Using a hand mixer, beat butter and half of the powdered sugar until smooth.
- Add the remaining powdered sugar, vanilla and 6 tablespoons heavy cream and mix on high for about 7min.
- If the mixture is too stiff, add more heavy cream.
- Make the strawberry crunchies:
- Blend the freeze-dried strawberries and vanilla wafers in a heavy duty blender or food processor. Add melted butter and pulse until the mixture is evenly combined.
- Place a small dollop of frosting onto an 8 or 10 inch cake board.
- Place a strawberry layer then spread on some buttercream.
- Add a vanilla layer and then add some buttercream.
- Top with the final strawberry layer and add some more buttercream.
- Add the strawberry crunchies if you would like to in between each layer or simply add to the outside of the cake.
- For this next part you will need to work quickly.
- Add buttercream to the sides of the cake.
- It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth but it should be thick enough so you cannot see any cake through the frosting.
- Press the strawberry crunchies immediately into the frosting before it crusts over which will make it difficult to get the crunchies to stick.
- Frost the top of the cake and cover it with more crunchies.
- Decorate with buttercream roses and fresh strawberries if you want to.