Strawberries are on sale almost every week right now and in another few weeks they will be coming into season here in Connecticut. Seems like the perfect time to post a simple and delicious recipe for a strawberry upside down cake. There are only four ingredients, so it really could not be simpler.
2 cups of crushed strawberries (fresh are best)
1 package of strawberry jello
3.5 cups of mini marshmallows
1 box of vanilla cake mix (I have also used funfetti mix and the kids love it)
Here is what you do:
Crush the fresh strawberries either with a potato masher or I give them a quick pulse in the food processor. Do NOT puree. Just pulse a couple of times to break them down a little. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray. Next place the strawberries in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle the strawberries with the jello. Next evenly sprinkle the marshmallows over the strawberries. Finally, prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and then pour the cake mixture over the strawberries. Bake in a 350 degree over for 40-50 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 20-30 minutes and then run a knife around the edge to loosen a bit. Next turn the cake out onto your serving dish and voila! A delicious and simple strawberry upside down cake. Get ready to make another because this always goes quickly.
I got this recipe many years ago and it is my go to when I need a quick and simple summer dessert. You could make different variations of this cake with different fruit or different cake mix varieties. I am planning to try a peach cake when peaches come into season. Cake mix is so versatile and something I alway keep in the house because it can be used alone or as a part of many wonderful desserts.
What is your favorite cake mix recipe? I would love to hear your thoughts?