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Punch Bowl Cake

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A delicious Duncan Hines Yellow Cake layered between layers of fruit and cool whip.....seen thru a beautiful 'punch bowl' !!!

  • Hands-On Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Servings: 8-10
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  • 1 - Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  • 1- small box of *cook and serve* vanilla pudding
  • 1 -8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 -12 oz of Crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1- 20 oz package of frozen strawberries in sweetened juice (thawed)
  • 1- lg container of cool whip
  • 12 - Maraschino cherries

Baking Instructions

  1. Supplies needed:
  2. 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish
  3. Any size punch bowl
  4. Spoon
  5. preheat oven: 350 degrees
  6. <Cook *Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix* as directed and set aside to cool.
  7. <Cook pudding as directed on it thickens put in the cream cheese and stir on low heat until completely melted. Set aside to cool.
  8. <Drain crushed pineapple, discard the juice and put the pineapple into the pudding mix.
  9. <Get your punch bowl and start layering!!!! Grab a few handfuls of cake, crumbled and place in the bottom of the punch bowl.
  10. <Drizzle pudding mix over the top of the cake
  11. <Drizzle strawberries and juice over the top of the pudding
  12. <Plop on some cool whip
  13. ....keep making layers until you run out of ingredients...
  14. <final layer, cool whip and top with maraschino cherries
  15. ***Now, here is the hard part.....put in fridge until the next day before eating...believe me, it is worth the wait! ***

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Easy Clean up

I usually put newspaper down on my cooking, mixing, decorating area so if the cake mix or any mix accidently spills over or any frosting falls on my counter or any sprinkles fall I can easily clean up and roll away the newspaper.

Place a design on a frosted cake.

Place a design on a frosted cake.

Lightly trace a design onto a piece of waxed paper. Using a safety pin, prick a small hole on top of a piece of corrugated cardboard. Place the pattern over the hole in the cardboard pricking the pattern outlines with the pin down through the hole in the cardboard. Move the pattern along the hole and continue pricking holes every couple of millimeters until all outlines are covered with holes. You will notice that the underside of the wax paper now has ridges that will leave the imprint of the pattern on your cake. After smoothly frosting a cake with buttercream icing, let the cake sit until the icing has crusted and you can touch it without any frosting sticking to you. This works best when the air is dry. It will not work well on humid days. Very gently lay the pattern, ridge side down, on the cake. With a very gentle motion, quickly and lightly run your finger over the entire design. Immediately, gently lift the wax paper and you will have your design now imprinted on top of your cake. Decorate as desired.

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