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Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert

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


  • 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


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

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  • wingsnutoo
    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.

  • anne7121
    Jun 27, 2013

    Great simple and easy recipe to make any time!

  • ashleyk12345
    Jun 26, 2013


  • jflorencz
    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!

  • kdwarren
    Jun 18, 2012

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

  • DViola
    May 21, 2012

    This was great! My family loved this, I will definitely be making this again.

  • spacehog519
    May 29, 2011

    This recipe was amazing! My entire family loved it!!!

  • LauraManning
    Feb 22, 2011

    This is a really nice cold dessert. The flavors go together well and it's so easy to make since you use a pre-made pound cake. The only change I made was to mix in about 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract into the pudding. My hubby even liked this, and he's not big on dessert at all.