So we’re not all blessed with siblings, and some who are…wish they weren’t. But when I married Hubs I gained the sister I’d always wanted and tomorrow is her birthday!!
We tend to be opposites in just about every way. I over-schedule but rarely plan anything in advance – and she doesn’t understand why I don’t know what I’m wearing to a party two weeks in advance. She’s organized. I am NOT. (I can’t walk in my closet about 95% of the time.)
But we get along on the important things and somehow both know how to put up with Hubs – who certainly knows how to give us a run for our money at times:)
So this cake started as Hubs’ birthday request, and this year it’s Sis’.
I once saw a recipe for a strawberry refrigerator cake and thought, this sounds different AND yummy!! But it was a sheet cake and I’ve just never felt like I get my icing fix with a one-layer cake:) So here’s what I came up with a few years ago!
And it’s so easy you even get to use a box cake mix!!
So get yourself a box of strawberry cake mix, throw it in the mixing bowl with eggs, oil (I like to sub a strawberry applesauce cup), and water. I usually split it into three 8in pans, but today I did just two pans and was going to make four layers out of the two – totally not worth it:(
Bake the cake like the box says, but our oven always bakes faster so keep an eye out!!
While it’s baking let’s talk icing…
In your mixing bowl whip 2 cups whipping cream with sugar, in another bowl mix instant pudding with a cup of milk, then combine the two – voila! Fridge icing.
Then onto the strawberries aka the star of the show –
Wash and slice these little strawberry gems!
Mix in some sugar – because it makes EVERYTHING better…
And now it’s time to construct…
Put down your first layer, and spread out icing over the layer, then add a spoonful of strawberries and evenly spread over the layer. Repeat until complete!!
So I was rushing, I tried adding an extra layer, and this is not the prettiest fridge cake I’ve ever done, but I can assure you there won’t be any left in a few hours;) And I’ve never thought food had to look perfect to taste perfect!
One box Strawberry cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil or strawberry applesauce, 2 cups whipping cream, 1 box instant vanilla pudding, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 lb strawberries
In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, oil/applesauce, eggs, and water. Evenly distribute into three round 8″ cake pans and bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes or until done. Don’t over-cook!!
Wash the mixing bowl and add whipping cream and 1/4c sugar, then whip until thick peaks form. In a separate bowl mix the pudding and only 1c milk. Then whip that into the cream and set aside in the fridge for it to wait and set until icing.
Thinly slice the strawberries then mix in a 1/4c sugar.
After the cake has cooled, put it on a cake stand or in a travel container. Put down the first layer, ice it, add 1/3 strawberries. Repeat until complete, then keep it in the fridge until time to serve. You won’t be disappointed!!