Recipe: The Best Strawberry Pudding Cake Ever

If you ever find yourself with a yellow cake mix, strawberries, vanilla pudding and fresh whipping cream on hand all at the same time, I strongly encourage you to make this strawberry pudding cake.  The Girl and I have been making this cake for over 10 years now and not only is it my families all time favorite cake, this strawberry pudding cake is a crow pleaser as well.  Perfect for summertime entertaining.


Yellow Cake Mix
1 small box Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 lb Fresh Strawberries
1 pint Fresh Whipping Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons Sugar


Follow the directions on the back of the box of cake mix to make {2} 8-inch round cakes.  While the cake is baking prepare vanilla pudding according to the directions on the box and set aside.  Once the cake has cooled slice the cake rounds in half so you have {4} layers of cake.

Place 1 layer of cake on a cake plate and spread about 1/4 cup vanilla pudding over the top and add a layer of strawberries over the pudding.  Add second layer of cake and repeat with pudding and strawberries.  Add a 3rd layer and repeat.  Add the fourth payer to the top of the cake and frost the cake with fresh whipping cream.  Cut 6 strawberries in half and arrange them around the side of the cake like in the photograph above.  Garnish with one big fat strawberry at the top.

Chill until ready to serve.

For more delicious cake recipes, check out Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations By Nancy McDermott.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $12.01.

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  1. Desi says

    That looks yummy. I made strawberry shortcake cake this weekend, yes that is the name, found it on pinterest. It too was good, I will make it again! I used this recipe for whipped cream cheese frosting, fluffiest, yummiest cream cheese frosting I’ve ever had.

    It’s recipe is at the bottom of the page. It uses whipping cream also. I may never be done with dieting with all the good food around.

  2. Cynthia says

    Looks yummy! One question, what is the sugar and vanilla for? Are they added to the cream when you whip it? I am going to make this for our BBQ on the 4th. TIA.

    • Mavis says

      Oops. Yes, whip the cream and add vanilla and sugar towards the end of the whipping process. 😉 I LOVE this dessert.

  3. says

    We make a similar cake at our house, but I whip the instant vanilla pudding with whipping cream instead of milk and it comes out thick enough to really hold up between those cake layers. It’s also yummy with a yellow cake and chocolate frosting, we call that custard cake but the “custard” is really just the pudding and whipping cream. Love your recipes!

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