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Make-Ahead Shortcake

 Make-Ahead Shortcake
This lovely layered dessert showcases strawberries. "This family favorite has all the satisfaction of traditional strawberry shortcake with just a dash of distinction," she promises.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling


  • 1 loaf loaf-shaped angel food cake (10-1/2 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, optional


  • Arrange cake slices in a single layer in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in.
  • dish. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes or
  • until thickened; beat in ice cream. Pour over cake. Chill.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir
  • in frozen strawberries. Chill until partially set.
  • Spoon over pudding mixture. Chill until firm. Garnish with fresh
  • strawberries if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
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