Monday, May 11, 2009
This is what I made for Mother's Day
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1 box yellow cake mix I used reduced sugar cake
1 (12 ounce) can strawberry soda I used cherry 7up
1 (3 ounce) box strawberry banana gelatin I used wild strawberry
1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed I used chopped fresh strawberries
1 (5 ¾ ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 (4-ounce) carton non-dairy whipped topping I used 8 ounces
Bake cake as directed on box in a 9x13-inch baking pan. Cool; pierce generously with a fork. Bring soda to a boil, then add gelatin and heat until dissolved. Pour over cake. Spread thawed strawberries over cake. Cool completely. Make instant pudding according to directions on box; fold in prepared whipped topping. Spread over cooled cake.
I decided to make this cake for Mother's Day. You guys were killing me with your trifle suggestions - I've had a great urge to buy a trifle bowl and I've been working hard to resist that urge. Fortunately I had no time to go out and buy one.
This cake seems to have a gazillion variations. Some use twice as much 'syrup' which shocked me since this recipe seemed like it had plenty but when I cut it I wondered where it all went. I expected a totally pink cake but as you can see, that wasn't how it turned out. I'm curious if the cake would be soggy with more syrup. I might try that next time.
I couldn't find strawberry soda so I used Cherry 7up. Then I found myself in Wal-Mart a couple of hours later looking at strawberry soda and I had to resist every urge in my body not to start the cake over even though I'm sure it made little difference that I used Cherry 7up instead.
I used the entire 8 ounce container of Cool Whip which was probably excessive but I figured it would end up in the trash if I didn't use it up. I don't believe there is a 4-ounce container of Cool Whip. I think next time I would cut down on the milk in the pudding. It said to make as directed but I think I would remove about a cup of milk (from 3 cups to 2).
This was a big hit. I'm sure I'll be making it again.
Question of the Day: How was your Mother's Day?