The Perfect 'Summer' Cake...
I found this recipe online a couple of years ago while searching for 4th of July desserts. It is one of the easiest desserts to make and SO good. Along with banana pudding this is also one of my most requested desserts. The difference is this one is EASY, fast and fun to make and decorate :) It's also quite delicious.
I think of it as the perfect summer cake because I love it covered in berries (mainly strawberries!) and its great to decorate for Memorial Day or 4th of July.
-box of yellow or white cake mix
-small box vanilla pudding mix (I've used the no sugar one before & noticed no difference)
-1 1/3C water
-4 large eggs
-1/2 C vegetable oil
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 16 oz tub of cool whip (or homemade whipped cream if you're ambitious!)
-1 package vanilla pudding mix (4 servings, just like for the cake)
-1 C milk
-dash of vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325. Combine all ingredients except vanilla and beat until well mixed. Add in vanilla. Pour into greased cake pan(s) of your choice. This cake turns out to be pretty dense so I think its easier in just a 9x13 pan. Bake at 325 for 30-40 mins. Cool slowly (I usually shut the oven off and let it sit for a minute with the door open before removing and placing on cooling rack.
Once cake is completely cool combine cool whip (I let it sit out for a few minutes so its easier to work with), pudding mix & milk. Beat until blended well. It can take a bit to get the pudding mix blended in. Stir in vanilla and frost cake. Place in fridge to chill and then top with berries of your choice.
I made this as cupcakes for my nephew's birthday topped with a dollop of frosting & strawberries. They turned out cute & delicious.
Hope you're having a great Memorial Day weekend - make it even better with some delicious cake & fresh berries :)