Sweetheart Strawberry Cake


  • 1 (18.25 oz.) box white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 (3 oz.) box strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. frozen sliced strawberries, thawed and drained
  • Red or pink candies

    Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 tsp. chilled light butter
  • 6 oz. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, chilled
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • Directions

    1. Heat the oven and grease and flour sides and bottom of two 8-inch pans, one square and one round, as directed on the cake mix box.

    2. Add the gelatin to the cake mix, then add water, applesauce and egg whites. Beat for two minutes. Fold the strawberries into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake according to the package directions.

    3. Remove the cakes from the pan and allow them to cool completely on wire racks.

    Make the cream cheese icing.

    1. When the cakes have cooled, remove them from their pans. Cut the round one in half and place the circles against two sides of the square cake to form a heart.

    2. Spread on the frosting and decorate with sprinkles and candles.

    Cream Cheese Icing

    1. Beat butter and cream cheese at high speed of a mixer until fluffy. Add sugar, beat at low speed until well blended.

    2. Add vanilla; beat well.