Whip up a fresh strawberry cake for Dad

Robin McDaniel
This strawberry cake uses instant pudding in the icing and is super-easy to make.

This strawberry cake uses instant pudding in the icing and is super-easy to make.

With Father’s Day coming up, we start thinking about what we can get dad -- other than the usual shirts and ties. That isn’t always an easy question to answer, and most dads don’t offer a lot of hints.

Whether it is the gift itself or the special treat at the end of a Father’s Day meal, a delicious cake from your own kitchen is certainly a good gift. This cake is so easy to make and will really impress dad.

This recipe came from Kim Hannah by way of her son, Cole. My sister Gail, who works with Cole in the emergency room at Blount Memorial Hospital, said Cole brought this cake to work, and it got rave reviews.

The recipe belongs to Cole’s mom, Kim Hannah, who told me she has been making this cake for 15 years, and it is a favorite in her family. She starts with a boxed cake mix and prefers Duncan Hines butter recipe mix, either yellow or white. Kim is going to experiment with the recipe this year by trying it with fresh peaches.

Surprise dad with this cake for Father’s Day.

Kim Hannah’s Fresh Strawberry Cake

1 box cake mix

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable or canola oil

1/2 cup water

1 cup diced fresh strawberries

In large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, oil and water. Mix until well blended. Gently stir in diced strawberries. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with any non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool, and then slice each cake into two layers.


2 tubs Cool Whip ( 9 ounce size)

2 boxes vanilla instant pudding (small boxes)

1 cup milk

2 cups diced strawberries

Mix pudding and milk until well blended. Fold in Cool Whip and then add strawberries. Spread between cake layers and on top. Refrigerate.

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