Are you sure it is 3.0oz Jello and not the standard package size of .30oz? That seems like an awful lot of jello mix. Maybe that is why some people thought it was too sweet? I used .30 oz and that was sweet enough. I would even use a half packet if you want to tone it down a bit. Or none at all, since I am not a fan of aspartame. I probably won't use the jello again for that reason or perhaps I will find a safer strawberry sweetener alternative.
I took the advice of reviewer naples34102 and added 1T baking powder and 1t salt as well as her filling recipe for the cake- that tasted amazing.
I sifted the flour before measuring and also used three 9" pans, like a lot of users did- I 100% agree, the cake came out more fluffy and after it was iced, the cake was big and beautiful.
Instead of frozen strawberries, I used fresh strawberries and put them into a pan with a cup of sugar and a splash of vanilla extract over low heat for a little over an hour for a delicious "puree". Don't put the strawberries it a blender to puree after you are done cooking it, your mixer will take care of it.
It was for my mom's birthday and my whole family absolutely loved it and said it tasted like a bakery cake.
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Are you sure it is 3.0oz Jello and not the standard package size of .30oz? That seems like an...