I whipped up one of my favorite summer-time desserts for a potluck on Saturday. It’s totally full of processed food products (cake mix, instant gelatin dessert, instant pudding and instant whipped topping) but it is so good that I don’t even care.
*To start off with, just bake a white cake mix according to the package directions. If you use free-range eggs, the cake is going to turn out yellow unless you leave the egg yolks out. I’m OK with that.
*Once it’s done baking, remove it from the oven and poke it full of holes with a fork, toothpick or skewer.
*Mix up a package of Jell-o (or in my case, the Kosher version of it) according to the directions on the box, and then pour it all over the cake (still in the pan, of course). I used strawberry flavor. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
*When the cake is cold, it’s time for the frosting. This is where my mom’s method differs from most recipes that I’ve seen.
1 packet Dream Whip whipped topping mix
1 4-serving box instant pudding (I used strawberry cream)
1.5 cups cold milk
Beat together with a mixer until thickened. Spread over the chilled cake, cover it, and return it to the refrigerator.
This cake would need to be refrigerated, if there were ever any leftovers.
Vanilla instant pudding makes for a pale yellow frosting, but the white chocolate flavor comes much closer to white. That’s handy if you need to make, say, light blue frosting for a baby shower.
You can also mix and match pudding flavors with gelatin flavors.
I stick with white cake mix because I like the marbled effect it gives the cake, but you could certainly use other cake flavors too.
What’s your go-to potluck recipe?