David and I are invited to attend a wedding reception of mutual friends this evening at Cousin Cyndi’s house. I always chip in for the festivities by bringing a dish. While shopping at our local market for the veggie and fruit trays I promised to bring, I noticed that there were strawberry cake mixes displayed throughout the store. I suppose the displays were set up for Memorial Day and didn’t sell out, or maybe just a bit early for the July 4th holiday. Either way, it reminded me that not long ago Cousin Jennifer mentioned making strawberry brownies for a dinner she was hosting. I had never heard of strawberry brownies, but they sounded delicious. Yesterday I made the recipe and this morning decided to cut it into hearts in celebration of the wedding. They are just as one would expect, dense, fruity, and irresistible! Here’s a photo:
David and I ate the scraps!
Here’s the Recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment and spray the parchment. I didn’t have any parchment, so I sprayed my dish with vegetable oil and dusted it with flour.
Mix the following ingredients with a hand mixer:
1 box strawberry cake mix (Cousin Jennifer uses Duncan Hines; I used the one on sale.)
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Next, pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. The batter is super thick, so I sprayed my spatula with cooking spray to spread it out.
Next, Bake at 350 deg. F. for about 20 – 22 minutes or so. Insert a toothpick (I used my baking thermometer), and if no crumbs appear on withdrawal, it’s done. Let it cool completely.
Cut into heart shapes if you are taking them to a wedding reception or simply cut them into squares. They are irresistible!
Cousin Jennifer tops hers with a powdered sugar glaze of 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 – 2 tablespoons of water mixed in. I didn’t include the glaze on mine because I didn’t want everyone to have to deal with sticky fingers at the reception.