Monday, May 11, 2009

This is what I made for Mother's Day

Strawberry Cake
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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?


Cate O'Malley said...

Looks like a delicious way to celebrate Mother's Day!

Krissy said...

Looks great! I really like the reddish pink colour of the cake. It reminds me of spring and mothers for some reason! :)

cary's girl said...

The frosting in this recipe is one that my family always used with box cake. We've always only used 1/2 the milk to make the pudding - the frosting comes out nice and thick that way.

Unknown said...

Mmmm...I made strawberry pie per my mom's request. It was pretty good except the filling leaked through my holes in the crust. Oh, well! It was good to have Sunday lunch with my whole family...I cooked, they came. Yay!

Mrs. L said...

I never would have thought to substitute cherry 7-up. I think I have a big bottle that I will never drink so maybe I can make this cake instead!

Mom was sick on Mothers Day so my hubby and I did errands and I cooked for just him and I.