I have never celebrated my birthday away from home because even when I was in college the semester was always over. So my mom always made me a cake and my sisters and I usually request a strawberry cake for our birthdays. But because we are so far and I had to work we celebrated here. And my husband wouldn't let me go without a homemade birthday cake, so he took on the task. Let me just say it was a big success.
And the most amazing part?!? He had NEVER made a cake in his life! Because it was his first time I gave him a recipe that uses a cake mix but makes it better. The recipe is from Paula Deen called the Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake. I did go through the recipe before with him and answered any questions, but other than that I was working that day so he was all on his own!
It came out absolutely delicious and beautifully pink! You can find the recipe here. The Jello and Strawberry puree make the cake a wonderful color and the frosting turns out a nice pale pink. We decided to just use vanilla extract instead of strawberry extract in the frosting and definitely did NOT add all of that powdered sugar. We like sweet frosting but not that sweet (gotta love paula though).
So here's a huge THANKS to the man I love for making my birthday extra special, you're the best!