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While I love dessert all year round, spring is a special time for treats because they are always fruity and light. I find myself swapping out heavy, thick cakes for more fresh-tasting ones with pudding and Cool Whip instead of frosting.
That includes a new recipe that is definitely going on my list of desserts to make this spring: strawberry refrigerator cake from Crystal and Co. Not only is this cake light, fluffy and fruity, but it’s also easy and quick to make, as it uses boxed cake mix. This particular recipe suggests using Duncan Hines Signature Cake Mix, which you can find on Amazon.
In addition to the strawberry cake mix, frozen strawberries in syrup, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, fresh strawberries, pecans (which are optional), you’ll also need the ingredients for the cake mix and pudding — eggs, water, oil and milk.
After you bake the cake, you’ll poke holes in it, pour the frozen strawberries in, then cover it with a mixture of pudding and Cool Whip.
If you want to add a bit of crunch to the overall flavor, this recipe also suggests topping the cake with a layer of chopped pecans. Not only does it taste delicious, but it adds to the presentation of the cake. Check out another look of the final result below:
If you’re looking to double up on the spring flavor, you might also want to check out this strawberry lemonade poke cake.
While there are multiple versions, the blog Great Grub, Delicious Treats has a recipe that uses a strawberry cake as the base and incorporates a cream cheese-lemonade filling to make the final product even tastier! And whipping this up becomes even easier since the recipe starts with a boxed cake mix.
You can also try this lemon strawberry poke cake from Inside Bru Crew Life, which takes a slightly different twist on the recipe. Instead of using a strawberry cake as the foundation for the recipe, this one uses a tangy lemon cake (also from a box mix) as a base.
To fill the poked cake treat, you use a mix of sweetened condensed milk and lemon frosting, which takes the flavor to the next level. Meanwhile, strawberry pie filling gives the cake some extra sweetness.
Topping it all off? The cake is smothered with a strawberry-cream mousse and adorned with fresh strawberries. It looks absolutely delicious!
Or, if you want to change it up a bit, you can try this lemon blueberry poke cake instead. It doesn’t get any more spring-like than that!
However, with dozens and dozens of poke cake recipes out there, there’s a perfect one for every taste and every season. These Oreo poke cupcakes are delicious year-round.
If you want to plan ahead, take a look at this pumpkin caramel cream cheese poke cake for the fall.
Will you be making the strawberry refrigerator cake this spring?