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Memaw's Strawberry Cake Recipe

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Memaw’s Strawberry Cake Recipe

Memaw’s Strawberry Cake Recipe

Cook Time:  35-40 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

Hi friends. Today’s mood is a bit more somber than in previous posts, so instead of the silly puns, leftover magic tricks, and cooking tips, I give you a piece of my heart, and it is hurting, BADLY. You see, Monday was D-day (dread day) for our family. We dropped off our baby boy, hours away, to begin his new life as a college Freshman. It is the day my heart shattered into a million pieces. For anyone who is going through this (or has gone through or is just feeling blue), I feel your pain:( I have been dreading this past Monday’s events all summer, (in fact for 18 years), but inevitably, the day came (to what seemed to be a blink in time), and all I can hope is hubby, and I prepared him enough. We are so proud of the young man he has become. It was bittersweet letting him go, but seeing him so happy and confident helped make the transition for Mom a tad better…that and CARBS…lots of them, particularly cake!

Baking is my thing when I’m down, so today, it makes sense to share this cheery strawberry cake I made yesterday. Imagine sinking your teeth into a burst of juicy strawberry comfort in every bite. Does it make you smile? It makes me smile:)

Are you are feeling the pangs of college drop-off, the end of summer, the first day of school, or do you want to bring a smile to someone’s face? If so, then make Memaw’s Strawberry cake today. This easy cake recipe is so delicious and comforting, it will chase any blues away.

Thank you for letting me share my story. Below I have posted a glimpse of Monday’s events. We would love to hear your comments below. Thank you for stopping by.

**Now to spoil our baby girl for the next two years until the next and final Freshman college drop off. (I may be making cake every day that summer).

*Note- This tasty recipe is best made the day ahead.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix (We used Betty Crocker's Super Moist Cake Mix)

  • 4 Tablespoons (Tbsp.) flour

  • 4 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 cup strawberries and juice, mashed

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp.) Cherchies Strawberry Butter Spread

  • 1 cup oil

  • 1 small box strawberry jello

  • Extra strawberries for garnish

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 box powdered sugar

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature

  • 2 Tablespoons (mashed strawberries with liquid)

* To make this cake gluten-free, simply substitute the flour and cake mix with gluten-free flour and cake mix (we tested with King Arthur Gluten-free Yellow Cake Mix and flour)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.

Wash, remove the ends, and roughly chop the strawberries. Place them in a medium bowl, add Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, mash them with a potato masher, and set aside. Reserve 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of mashed strawberries for the icing.

In a large bowl, sift the cake mix, flour, and jello together. Set aside. (I use a fine mesh strainer over a bowl to sift the ingredients together).

In another large bowl or standing mixer, add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add oil and beat well. Mix in strawberries and juice (this replaces the liquid called for on the cake mix box).

Slowly add the sifted dry ingredients to the bowl with the eggs. Pour the cake batter into a 9 x 13 pan and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the icing. Combine the butter, strawberries, and powdered sugar. Beat the ingredients together with a hand or standing mixer until combined. Icing should be somewhat thick. If icing is too thin, powdered sugar may need to be added until desired consistency.

Once the cake is finished cooking, allow it to cool completely. Frost the cake generously with the icing and refrigerate.


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Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

desserts, snacksSheri SpalloneComment
Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

Cook Time:  About 20 minutes
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Chocolate and peanut butter lovers, gather around! Today we have “turned up the heat” and created these deliciously decadent, Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups, featuring Cherchies® Preserves and Cherchies® Fruit Butter Spreads. Chocolate covered everything I say, and if you are a chocolate lover like I am, I know you will surely understand.

What makes everything better, other than chocolate? (Maybe bacon but I will save that for another day). These sweet and salty chocolate treats will melt your heart, but grab some for yourself, because these tasty morsels will disappear right before your eyes. They did at our home!

Who wants some?

Comment below and let us know what Preserve or Butter Spread you liked most in this recipe.

Thank you for visiting! Come back again!


  • 2 cups chocolate chips/ dark chocolate chips 

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) coconut oil

  • 12 muffin cup liners

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup Cherchies® Preserves of choice or Cherchies® Butter Spreads

  • Coarse sea salt for garnish (optional)

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with disposable cupcake liners.

Combine Peanut Butter and powdered sugar in a medium bowl.  Mix ingredients with hand mixer until combined. Scoop mixture with melon ball scooper (1 inch) and place the mixture on a parchment paper lined tray. Place tray in freezer for about 10 minutes.  Remove Peanut Butter balls from the freezer and flatten with a spatula. Return to freezer while you prepare the chocolate.

While peanut butter patties are chilling, prepare the chocolate. Melt the chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon (tsp.) coconut oil in a bowl over a pan filled with about 1 1/2" water.  Turn the burner on high and stir chips as they begin to melt. (You could melt chips in microwave if your prefer, heating on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted).  When all the chocolate chips are melted, remove the pan and bowl from heat and turn off the stove.

Add about 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) (dollop) of melted chocolate to each muffin cup.  Use a clean art brush to spread the chocolate up the sides.  Afterwards, tap the pan on the counter to even the chocolate in the cups.

When peanut butter patties are not tacky, remove them from the freezer and place patties in the middle of the chocolate cup. Add 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Preserves or Cherchies® Fruit Butter Spreads and carefully spread over peanut butter patty, making sure not to go to the edge.  The chocolate needs to go on the sides and top. 

Add the remaining chocolate (1 Tablespoon (Tbsp)) to each of the cups.  Use a spoon or small spatula and spread chocolate over peanut butter and jelly to the edge of the cupcake liner to seal in the yumminess. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.

Remove from refrigerator, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and enjoy!

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PB&J Cupcakes Recipe

desserts, partiesSheri SpalloneComment
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Hello beautiful!  

Do you have a favorite food that rekindles childhood memories?  Is it the peanut butter and jelly sandwich (aka PB&J)?  Perhaps the mention of such a concoction makes you want to run for the hills.  But for me, I still believe the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is one of the best pairings on Earth!  Not only did I have them in my school lunchbox growing up, but it was also the first meal my parents taught me how to make, and the first meal we taught our children how to prepare.  In my opinion, it is the best comfort food out there, and is perfect anytime, anywhere.  So for all my PB&J lovers out there, I present to you a sweet rendition of this beloved classic...PB&J cupcakes! 

The PB&J is our family's go-to sandwich. Our children will often make it when they get home from school because it is quick, easy, and satisfying.  But PB&J cupcakes? Would that push my kiddos over their culinary boundaries?  I had never thought of making them until recently, but I had to give it a try and surprise my children with this delicious treat.  Instead of preparing these cupcakes identical to their nostalgic counterpart (with grape or strawberry jam), I opted for our Cherry Butter Spread and Blackberry Preserves (any of our butter spreads and preserves would be just as delicious).  I used white cupcakes that I adapted from Glorious Treats and added peanut butter to my sister's buttercream icing recipe.  

Friends, let me tell you will be transported back to your childhood with these heavenly cupcakes! They turned out perfectly, as they were fluffy, fruity, and peanutty, just like a PB&J sandwich! My son liked them so much, he insisted on using this recipe for his upcoming Cupcake Wars school fundraiser.  You need to add this tasty recipe to your arsenal today!

Comment below, as we would love to know how they turn out on your end, and which butter spread or preserve you decided to use!   Or, use #cherchies_gourmet on Instagram or Twitter, or upload a photo of your concoction to our Facebook page. Or email it to me!   Have fun and thank you for visiting!

Ingredients- "Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes"- Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Yields- 15-16 cupcakes

*Note- if do not have cake flour, use this simple substitution, for every cup of flour, remove 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of flour and substitute with cornstarch and sift together, several times.

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp.) almond extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.) vanilla

  • 4 Tablespoons half & half (milk is fine too)

  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


Preheat oven to 325*F.

Prepare the icing.  Cream together shortening, butter, peanut butter, extracts and milk.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  Mix until blended.  Set aside.

Preparation for cupcakes- In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.   Sift the ingredients together and set aside.

In another bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and oil with an electric mixer and mix for about a minute.

Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture.  Add the milk, then the rest of the flour and the sour cream.  Beat until just combined.  Scrape down the side of the bowl and make sure no lumps left at the bottom of the bowl.  Do not over mix.

The batter will be slightly thick.   Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full, so as not to spill over the sides.   Bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes, checking them at 15 minutes.   Insert a toothpick or a cake tester to check for doneness.  If toothpick or cake tester come out clean, cupcake is done.  If not, give it another minute or so until done.  You do not want to overcook the cupcakes.  Slightly under cooking is best, as the cupcakes will continue to cook when removed from the oven.

Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack for about five minutes.  With a paring knife, cut a small "cone" in the middle of the cupcake, cutting off the end of the cone, and discarding the end.  Do this with each cupcake.  Fill each cupcake with about one spoonful (about 1 Tablespoon) of Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread or Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves.   I added Cherry Butter to half of the batch and Blackberry Preserves to the other half.  If I had our other preserves on hand, I would have made more variations.  I guess I will have to make more cupcakes:).

Replace cupcake "lid" over preserves.   Ice cupcakes with the buttercream icing, using a 1M tip, or your favorite tip.  Garnish with a cherry.

Note: The cupcakes and frosting can be made ahead 1 day in advance.  Make sure to cover tightly and store them in the refrigerator.  Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months, but thaw overnight in the refrigerator when ready to use.- Cooking tip from Sally's Baking addiction.

Serve and enjoy!

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Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

desserts, breakfastSheri SpalloneComment
Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  20 minutes

Dough Rise Time:  1 hour and 35 minutes (In addition to prep time)

I usually post recipes that are quick and easy, but these tasty treats were too irresistible not to share... the wait is very much worth the effort.  I have been saving this recipe for a special occasion, and since yesterday was National Strawberry Day, these mouth-watering Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect reason to celebrate, even if a day late!  So...Happy Belated Strawberry Day! (  

Cinnamon Rolls are heavenly, but Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls take your taste buds to a whole new level.  I made these delectable pastries for our family, and could not wait to share them with you!  After all, it was a holiday!  As always, I pushed my family to their culinary limits, and tricked out their favorite cinnamon roll recipe (a copycat version of Cinnabon-Jo Cooks) by adding Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread.  Then, I waited for their reactions...

Just as I expected, these soft, buttery rolls, perfumed with cinnamon and strawberry, and oozing with gooey cream cheese icing, were a huge hit with our family!  Ooohs and aahs all around!   So if you are looking for a "berry good recipe" to serve your family, then these tricked out cinnamon rolls will not disappoint!  

We wish you a berry nice day, and "strawberry fields forever" -  

Thank you for visiting!  Enjoy!

Ingredients (Copycat Recipe from Cinnabon- adapted from Jo Cooks)


  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour



  • 6 Tablespoons (Tbsp.) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered (aka confectioner's sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla extract
  • 1/ teaspoon (tsp) salt

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.  Make sure milk is lukewarm to the touch.  Hot milk will kill the yeast.  Let the yeast sit for about 5 minutes.  If the yeast is good, it will start to froth.  If not, discard because the dough will not rise.

Add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to your mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Pour the yeast/milk mixture over the flour mixture and using the dough hook, mix well at low speed until the dough is well incorporated.  Do not over mix.

The dough will be sticky.  Oil hands before removing, place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

While dough is rising, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

After dough has risen, after about an hour, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray or butter. 

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a large rectangle measuring about 16 long x12 inches wide, and the dough should be about 1/4" thick.  Spread the softened butter over the dough, followed by Cherchies®Strawberry Butter, and sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the dough.

Carefully, roll the dough starting with the long side all the way to the end.  Carefully, slice the dough into  1 1/2 inches slices with a sharp knife.   Place the cut rolls into a greased 9x13 baking pan and cover with plastic wrap or a towel.  *I prefer to use plastic wrap, so the dough does not get all over the towel.  Allow the rolls to rise another 30 minutes, or until the rolls have doubled in size.

Place the cut rolls into a greased 9x13 baking pan and cover with plastic wrap or a towel.  *I prefer to use plastic wrap, so the dough does not get all over the towel.  Allow the rolls to rise another 30 minutes, or until the rolls have doubled in size.  Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, depending on your oven.

While the rolls are baking, prepare the icing by mixing the softened cream cheese, the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and salt with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Remove the rolls from the oven and allow them to cool for five minutes or so.  
Generously spread the icing over the warm cinnamon rolls and watch all that gooey goodness envelop your cinnamon roll.  Oh, my! 

Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe