Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert Recipe
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Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert Recipe

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This quick and yummy strawberry dessert is loaded with fresh strawberries and a creamy pudding topping. Make sure you make plenty—it disappears quickly. —Christine Johnson, Ricetown, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups whipped topping, divided
  • 1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 314 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine strawberries and sugar; let stand for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; set aside.
  2. Cut cake into 14 slices. Layer seven cake slices with 2 tablespoons strawberries, 1/3 cup pudding mixture and another cake slice. Top with remaining strawberries and whipped topping. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert in Country Extra July 2010, p46

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Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"This is my go to recipe when unexpected company drops in during the summer. I always have strawberries, either frozen or fresh on hand. Pudding mix and milk are also always in the fridge. I keep a couple of either homemade pound cakes or frozen ones in my freezer for just such occasions. This is quick and tastes good."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Great simple and easy recipe to make any time!"

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013


Reviewed Jan. 25, 2013

"I used Sugar Free pudding and lite cool whip and it was still yummy. If your looking for a light and refreshing dessert this would work great!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"Simple, easy to make and most importantly delicious. Will definitely make again as all the family liked it."

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