Strawberry season is in here and the berries seem to be especially juicy and sweet this year. They are great eaten right out of the basket, but make some fine desserts, as well.

My sister, Wanda Winters, located the strawberry cake recipe below online and made it to share. It was delicious and so easy to make. Wanda was amused by the disappearance of the marshmallows into the cake as it baked. I think it will be a good cake to make with the grandchildren since it has not so much mixing, but lots of pouring and contains two of their favorite things -- strawberries and marshmallows.

The recipe is from Julie posts recipes that are easy and help busy moms get a delicious meal on the table in little time.

Like Julie’s website, is also devoted to easy recipes. The Strawberry Cobbler recipe from this website can be used for other fruits, as well. A scoop of ice cream on top of the still warm cobbler doesn’t hurt it one bit.


Upside-Down Strawberry Cake

• 2 cups fresh strawberries, crushed

• 2 (3-ounce) boxes strawberry Jell-O

• 3 cups miniature marshmallows

• 1 (18.25-ounce) strawberry cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare cake mix

• Cool Whip or whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crush washed and hulled strawberries with a fork. Pour into a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. Sprinkle strawberry Jell-O powder over the top of the strawberries. Then sprinkle the marshmallows over the Jell-O.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour over the marshmallows.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until cake tests done. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then run a knife around the outside of the cake. Flip onto a serving tray. Refrigerate.

Serve with Cool Whip or whipped cream.


Fresh Strawberry Cobbler

• 3 cups fresh strawberries, diced

• ½ to 3/4 cup sugar

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• ½ teaspoon salt

• ½ cup sugar

• 1 cup milk

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square casserole dish.

In a medium bowl, add strawberries and ¾ cup sugar. Stir to coat strawberries in sugar and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

Add in milk, vanilla extract and melted butter and stir until combined, being careful not to over stir. A few lumps are fine.

Pour batter evenly into prepared dish. Spoon strawberries evenly on top of batter. Do NOT stir.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden.

Serve warm or cold.


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