TPJ Strawberry cake with full strawberries on top

Strawberry Habanero Cake! A Superbowl Specialty!

It’s still winter, of course, but it won’t be all that long until spring, and with the spring comes the strawberries!

Our Strawberry Habanero cake can turn any simple dinner dessert into a real party!

Take it to your Superbowl party and you’ll be the star among the field of armchair quarterbacks. And did we mention that it’s unbelievably delicious?!

Is this the best strawberry cake recipe?

We don’t use the word “best” lightly, because best when it comes to food “best” is subjective. It is best based on who is eating it. We are sure there is a classic strawberry cake recipe better than ours.

With that said, what we will say is ours is the best Strawberry Habanero Cake recipe since we haven’t been able to find another one anywhere!

We were going to call this recipe Strawberry Jelly cake, and even kicked around Strawberry Jam cake, but we realized it is just a good cake with our habanero jelly. So we simply named it what it is.

Can you use a strawberry cake mix for this recipe?

Yes! That’s exactly what we are about to do.

You can, of course, make the cake completely from scratch, but like many of our recipes, our version is a lot easier!

Ingredients:

Texas Pepper Jelly Strawberry Habanero jelly jar

  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 can strawberry icing, or make your own
  • 1 cup whole strawberries

What to do:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the sliced strawberries and icing, and mix well. Pour into two buttered layer cake pans, and bake for approximately 32 minutes. When your toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done.

Let the cakes cool. Turn one layer upside-down onto a plate and frost thickly. Turn the other layer right-side-up on top of the first layer, and frost completely. Cover frosting with whole strawberries.

A favorite thing to do in the pastry chef world is to mix flavoring into the icing. In this recipe, you could mix a couple of tablespoons of Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly in the icing before you start frosting the cake. Your call.

Let the cake chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving it. It’s great with our no-cook strawberry ice cream!

Strawberry Habanero Cake is a perfect Superbowl Party food!

TPJ Habanero Strawberry cake recipe with whole strawberries on top

Strawberry Habanero Cake

There are a Ba-zillion strawberry cake recipes on the internet. Then check Pinterest - there are a trillion more! So, we know we are not alone in the strawberry cake arena.
However, we do believe we have the best strawberry cake recipe available because we incorporate fresh strawberries and one of our popular habanero jellies. You guessed it, Strawberry!
Most recipes use strawberry Jell-o as a flavoring additive, which provides a hint of flavor. We use our jelly to take our recipe to another level of fruitiness and it hides a hint of habanero heat among the fresh fruit.
Go ahead, we dare you to try our version of the classic Strawberry Cake Recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 14 Servings
Calories 295 kcal

Equipment

  • (2) 8" or 9" round cake pans
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Toothpick or cake tester
  • Cake plate or cake stand
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Cooking rack
  • Cake knife

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal or glass pan or 325°F for a dark or nonstick pan.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of both round pans with butter. (If you decide to use a 13"x9" pan just grease the bottom.)
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the whole strawberries, 2 tbsp of pepper jelly, and icing, and mix well.
  • Pour into the two buttered layer cake pans, and bake for approximately 32 minutes.
  • When your toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans. Doing this on a raised cooling rack is best.

Icing mix

  • Mix in the 2 tbsp of Texas Pepper Jelly Strawberry Habanero jelly into the pre-made icing or in your own homemade.
  • Turn one layer of the cooled cake upside-down onto a plate and frost thickly with your cake knife. Turn the other layer right-side-up (so that the round part of the cake is facing up) on top of the first layer, and frost completely.
  • Decorate the top of the cake by placing the whole strawberries.

Notes

The nutritional values are based on an outside independent nutrition recipe analyzer tool through WP Recipe Maker

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fresh strawberries, habanero jelly, spicy cake, strawberry, strawberry cake, strawberry habanero, strawberry jam cake, strawberry jelly cake
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