🍓🍰 Southern Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake 🍰🍓

This dessert, a lovely and refreshing Southern Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake, is ideal for any kind of party. In a punch bowl, layers of tender cake, smooth filling, and succulent strawberries combine to create a visually stunning and delectable dessert that is guaranteed to wow.

📋 Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 🍰 1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box: eggs, oil, water)
  • 🍓 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 🍬 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Cream Filling:

  • 🍫 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 🥛 2 cups cold milk
  • 🥛 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 🥛 1 container (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed (such as Cool Whip)

📝 Directions:

1️⃣ Bake the Cake: Prepare and bake the yellow cake mix according to the package instructions. Allow the cake to cool completely, then cut it into cubes.

2️⃣ Prepare the Strawberries: In a large bowl, toss the sliced strawberries with the granulated sugar. Let them sit for about 30 minutes to macerate and release their juices.

3️⃣ Prepare the Cream Filling: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding mix and cold milk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix until well combined. Gently fold in the whipped topping until smooth.

4️⃣ Assemble the Cake:

  • In a large punch bowl or trifle dish, arrange a layer of cake cubes on the bottom.
  • Spoon a layer of the cream filling over the cake cubes.
  • Top with a layer of the macerated strawberries and their juices.
  • Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, ending with a layer of cream filling and a few strawberries for garnish on top.

5️⃣ Chill: Cover the punch bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together.

6️⃣ Serve: Scoop out servings with a large spoon and enjoy this delightful and refreshing dessert!

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Chilling Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 350 kcal per serving

💡 Notes:

  • For added flavor, you can sprinkle a layer of crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers between the layers.
  • You can substitute frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. Make sure to thaw and drain them before using.
  • This dessert can be customized with different fruits like blueberries, raspberries, or peaches for a variation.