Last year I made a completely from scratch strawberry cake and ended up adding food coloring to make it pink (batter was kind of gray). Additionally, the flavor was so light it was hard to tell it was straberry. This yearI used a strawberry version of the WASC that does not use gelatin, instead it uses strawberry daquiri mix. It is not totally from scratch, but pretty close with all the extras in it. It makes a nice strawberry flavored cake, that is a pretty light pink color. I made it this last week for my nieces birthday this weekend.
a BIG thank you to MacsMom for this receipe
Strawberry WASC variation - MacsMom
2 white cake mixes
2 c sugar (I would cut this down to one cup sugar)
2 c flour
1-1/2 t salt
1 1/3 c strawberry daquiri drink mix (I used the frozen kind and one container was exactly the right amount, thawed)
1 1/3 c water
2 c sour cream
8 egg whites
1/4 c oil
2 tsp strawberry extract or 1 dram LoRann strawberry
2 tsp vanilla (I just used all vanilla for this part, and it worked great! I did not think it needed the extra extract)
Combine the dry (I sift them). Then add all the wet and mix until just blended.