I checked and double checked with BP about which recipe to make. I had to make sure it was the right one. I wanted to make BP proud with this cake, and to honor his mom through it as well. She raised such an amazing and loving man. I wish I could tell her that, and thank her for him.
This is the easiest thing to make - and it may sound strange, but trust me, it's tasty. While I was making this cake (and letting it cool and set up), I also got to make BP's dad an Apple Pie - his request. How could I say no to that?! But we will get into the pie in another post. Back to the cake.
Simple - make the cake, let it cool a little, poke some holes and pour jello over the top of it, let it cool in the fridge for a while and then top off with a layer of pudding (I had to have BP make this for me since me and instant pudding don't mix), let it set some more and then finish off with cool whip. It is a little labor intensive, well not really just a lot of steps, but totally worth it. And it's a light dessert - not heavy at all. Perfect summer dessert.
I'm sure at this point you're wondering what this hot mess of a cake looks like. All the pictures I saw of it before hand had me so worried that it wouldn't turn out the same way. Sometimes my perfectionist way gets the best of me. I wanted this thing to be perfect.
|what a hot mess!|
makes one 13x9 cake
1 18oz box white cake mix
ingredients called for on cake mix box
1 3oz box strawberry Jell-O gelatin (or any flavor - we used black cherry)
1 3/4 cups boiling water
(1) 3 1/2 oz box instant vanilla pudding
1 tub Cool Whip
- Bake cake according to box directions. Let cool awhile.
- Dissolve jello in boiling water. Poke holes all over cake with fork. Pour jello evenly over cake. Refrigerate at least a couple hours.
- Prepare pudding as directed on package and let chill for awhile.
- Spread pudding evenly over cake and chill.
- Spread Cool Whip over top of cake and serve. Garnish with fresh fruit if desired.