No-Bake Strawberry Dessert Recipe
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No-Bake Strawberry Dessert Recipe

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Convenience items such as store-bought angel food cake, frozen strawberries and instant pudding mix make preparing this refrigerated delight as simple as can be. I whip up this refreshing strawberry dessert all year round. It's particularly attractive when served in a glass dish. —Sherri Daniels, Clark, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 loaf (10-1/2 ounces) angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (20 ounces) frozen unsweetened whole strawberries, thawed
  • 2 cups cold 1% milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • Chopped fresh strawberries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 92 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. Arrange cake cubes in a single layer in a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. In a bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in strawberries. Pour over cake and gently press cake down. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  3. Spoon over gelatin layer. Spread with whipped topping. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with chopped fresh strawberries if desired. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as No-Bake Strawberry Dessert in Quick Cooking January/February 2003, p61

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roseluongo User ID: 7748888 53720
Reviewed May. 10, 2014

"5 star"

Abby_21 User ID: 1024283 54270
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"Just a question. Do I use the juice from the thawed berries or do I discard it? I am reading the comments about the "globs". If I were to use fresh strawberries, would I need to add water to the gelatin mix? Sounds wonderful and I want to make ASAP. Thanks to anyone who can clarify this for me. Have to rate to post this comment. I am sure it will be five stars based on previous reviews."

Rawa User ID: 7488512 45726
Reviewed May. 8, 2014


ginger0615 User ID: 6901625 116556
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"dessert was a HUGE hit for my 4th of July party! Made a few "less healthy" changes per husband's request - used 13.5 oz. round angel food cake (couldn't find loaf), 2 small pkgs regular strawberry jello, 2 cups half & half instead of 1% milk, 1 small pkg vanilla inst. pudding. Will make again!!"

phillie678 User ID: 4062755 66325
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"easy and taste great! Everyone asks for the recipe at our gatherings and are especially surprised at how easy it is to make."

ProVenki User ID: 7135374 45683
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013


peaches380 User ID: 56370 54269
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"family and all who taseted it loved it. it disappeared fast ,had to make it again today as family requested it. very good. Marian"

kaylen User ID: 5947071 44241
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"My grand daughters and I made this at camp. Very easy, icy cold, everyone loved it."

dotccig User ID: 5846092 61121
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"I have now made this several times, varying the fruit (and flavour of gelatin). It is very popular with my guests and family. One of my favourite combinations is to use frozen mixed berries in combination with raspberry gelatin, and using fresh raspberries as garnish on top of the dessert. Excellent recipe!"

luv2craftginny User ID: 3900103 86802
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"I have had so many compliments on this recipe, and this could be changed as far as what kind of pudding, what kind of fruit, what kind of Jello, I love it, and so does everyone else, I just don't know if I can print this off, and share it with eveyone where I live without causing a copyright infraction."

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