If you aren't familiar with Dream whip, it is a powdered non-dairy topping that fluffs up like whipped cream or Cool Whip when you make it. It can be found in the baking aisle of most major grocery stores. Dream Whip is made by Kraft and comes in boxes of 2 or 4 pouches. For this recipe you need 3 pouches (of course), but I use real whipped cream for the filling and topping, so I only used 1 envelope for the cake itself.
This cake is filled with whipped cream and strawberries and is oh my gosh good! The cake is a yellow cake that tastes like the best strawberry shortcake/sponge cake you have ever eaten. Yum. Yum.
The cake is baked in an angel food (or tube) pan. It is removed after cooling and the top is cut off, part of the inside removed and then mixed with whipped cream and strawberries. Seriously, what could be better than that? Not much!
Here is what you need:
1 box 2 layer size yellow cake mix
1 envelope Dream Whip topping mix
1 cup COLD water
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan.
Turn the pan upside down and remove cake from the pan. Flip the cake over so it looks like this. If that makes you nervous, know that I have never had one of these cakes fall apart.
Slice 1 quart of strawberries and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Let the berries stand for 30 minutes.
Now, here is where I made a change in the original recipe. The original calls for making 2 envelopes of Dream Whip according to directions which you can still do. I used a 16 ounce container of heavy whipping cream and whipped it with a few tablespoons of sugar and a tsp. of vanilla until stiff peaks form. You could also use Cool Whip if you prefer. Either way, set aside 1 cup of the whipped cream and fold the rest into the berries to which you add 1 cup of the cake pieces. Mix gently. Spoon into the cake shell.
To finish the cake, spread the remaining whipped topping on the cake and garnish with more strawberries. Oh. So. Yummy.
When you cut into the cake, this is what you see.
If you want to push this right on over the top, add a large dollop of vanilla ice cream to a slice of the cake and some more strawberries in syrup. Oh My! Our 9 year old grandson ate 3 pieces of this cake. He said it was the best cake ever and he doesn't usually eat strawberries! How is that for a testimonial?
This recipe is in my poor old falling apart hand written recipe book that I have had since the late 1960's. I'm glad I have now put it in my blog for future reference. This poor book may disintegrate at any time and I do not want to lose this recipe.
The cake recipe is on the box of Dream Whip. You can actually make the Dream Cake using any flavor cake mix. The Dream Whip adds such a wonderful texture to the cake. I have to say the yellow cake is still my favorite to this day although you could make this same cake in chocolate. I know Dan would like that too!
Looking at this picture makes me wish I had a piece to eat right now. Needless to say, it is long gone. Give this recipe a try. You will definitely add it to your recipe list to make again and again. Remember strawberries will be in season soon and Mother's Day is coming up and graduations - summer picnics! Wow. Delight someone with this fabulous cake. They will certainly be happy that you did.
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