Jelly Donut Cake

Strawberry Jelly Donut Cake

Every spring, I crave strawberries. The craving usually hits before strawberries are actually in season. That’s why I love making this Strawberry Jelly Donut Cake. I get the taste I want from the strawberry filling without worrying about finding those perfect berries.

The star of this cake is actually not the cake part. I simply use a box mix for that. What makes it great is the filling layer. I used my raspberry sauce from the meringue hearts recipe as a starting point, and revised it for strawberries. So let’s go through how to make that:

Make the strawberry filling for the cake

Start with frozen strawberries. Cut up enough frozen berries to equal about 2 cups. Allow the berries to thaw, or microwave on reduced power to speed the process. Once the berries are thawed, mash them thoroughly. A food processor works well, and a fork would probably do the trick, but this time I simply used the “muddler” I got with my cocktail shaker. It worked great. Unlike the raspberry sauce, we are not trying for a completely smooth mixture. No straining required. So I felt comfortable with mashed pieces of strawberry pulp in the mixture. It’s like jam. Only fresher.

Speaking of jam, add some to a small saucepan with the mashed berries. In a small bowl, mix some cornstarch with sugar. Then stir this into the strawberry mixture. Heat, stirring steadily, on medium-low until mixture starts to bubble and thicken. Cook, stirring constantly for one minute until mixture thickens. Set aside to cool. Once cooled a little, transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, until cake is ready. Wait until this is very thick before using on the cake, as you want it to stay in place!

Make the strawberry cake layers

For the cake layers, simply use a strawberry cake mix and bake according to the package instructions. Make 2 (8-inch) rounds, so you have a place to put that yummy filling.

Strawberry cake rounds

Make the cream cheese frosting

I considered making a strawberry frosting but decided that would be too much strawberry. Yes, there really is such a thing! So instead, I opted for a cream cheese frosting to complement rather than compete with the other strawberry flavors.

Jelly donut cake

To assemble Strawberry Jelly Donut Cake

Place one cake layer on a plate. Cover top surface with cooled strawberry filling. Place second cake layer on top.

Frost cake with cream cheese frosting.

Cake will keep for a day or two at room temperature but refrigeration is advised for any longer, because of the cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting, Jelly Donut cake

This cake, like a donut, is delicious with a cup of coffee. To help you find some really great coffee, I found this guide that compares coffee beans.

Simply divine! The Carnivore says it tastes like a jelly donut. Coming from him, that is high praise!

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5 from 8 votes

Strawberry Cake Filling

Make this easy strawberry filling to elevate your cake!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Sula

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced strawberries fresh or frozen, thawed
  • ½ cup strawberry jam
  • 2 TB cornstarch
  • 1 TB sugar

Instructions

  • Mash strawberries in a bowl or use a food processor to make about one cup of juice and pulp. Place in a small saucepan with jam and stir together.
  • In a small cup, mix the cornstarch and sugar together, then add to the saucepan and mix.
  • Begin heating the saucepan on medium-low, stirring regularly. Bring mixture to boiling point, then cook, stirring constantly, for at least one minute to thicken. Remove from heat and allow saucepan to cool.
  • Transfer sauce to a small bowl or jar and refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. Filling will thicken as it cools.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting
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5 from 9 votes

Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect frosting for your cake!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Sula

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp milk
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter ‘til smooth.
  • Begin adding powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, and beat until fully incorporated.
  • As frosting begins to get very thick, add milk, one teaspoon at a time, to help loosen it up. Adjust amounts of sugar and milk if needed to achieve the perfect spreading consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

More strawberry dessert ideas

If you love strawberry desserts, you might want to try a Strawberry Shortcake Roll or a Fruit Pizza.

psst Wikipedia says the correct spelling is doughnut.

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    18 thoughts on “Jelly Donut Cake

    1. 5 stars
      Yum! What a great recipe! I totally agree that there is such a thing as too much strawberry! LOL! Good to cut through the flavours with something else. Doing lots of baking of late being at home so much so this is going on the list for tomorrow! Thanks!

    2. 5 stars
      This filling layer is totally amazing! This is one of our family’s favorite cake recipes! Thanks so much for sharing.

    3. 5 stars
      Yum! I love this jelly cake! The flavor is wonderful and the filling is delicious, it really tied the cake together! It’s almost gone and I just made it yesterday!

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