Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Sonny James was a very popular country music entertainer and Grand Old Opry star when I was a teenager. I got this recipe on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 70s. Sonny James said this was one of the favorite cakes served on his cattle ranch in Alabama. And he always had it waiting when his father visited for Sunday dinner.

1 pkg white cake mix
1 pkg (3-oz) strawberry jello
3 tbsps flour
1 cup salad oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
1 stick margarine
1 box confectioner's sugar

Combine the cake mix, jello, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add oil and water and blend well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating one minute after each addition. Fold half of the strawberries into the batter. Grease two cake pans, line bottoms with waxed paper circles and grease again. Pour in the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Cool and spread with icing made from the margarine, sugar and remaining strawberries.

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