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strawberry crunch cake

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Roni Rawlins
Carnegie, OK

This recipe is a twist on an old classic favorite, Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream bars. This cake is a sure win for any summer picnic, potluck, or BBQ. It can be served with ice cream or turned into a spectacular ice cream cake by adding a layer of ice cream to the center. After researching several variations of this recipe, taking the best parts of each one, and combining them ... a perfect take on a childhood favorite ice cream bar was created.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Wow! A boxed strawberry cake mix is brought to a whole new level of yumminess with a few extra steps in this strawberry crunch cake. The cake is tender and topped with rich whipped vanilla filling and fresh strawberries. The crowning glory is the strawberry crunch topping. It tastes exactly like the coating on the classic ice cream treat we all got as a kid from the ice cream truck. Not only does it provide crunch, but it also adds a lot of strawberry flavor. When strawberries are in season, this would be a delicious summer dessert. But, it's so good you'll want to make it year-round. If you're not comfortable with a layer cake, this could be made in a 9x13 pan too. To assemble the cake we would do cake, whipped filling, sliced strawberries, whipped cream, and then the crunch topping.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 8 -16
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For strawberry crunch cake

  • 1 box
    Duncan Hines strawberry supreme cake mix (made according to directions in 2 round pans)
  • 3 lg
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 c
  • 16 oz
    heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg
    instant vanilla pudding mix (3 oz)
  • 1 lb
    strawberries, sliced and dusted in sugar (keep a few whole for decorating)
  • 30
    Golden Stuffed Oreos (1 package)
  • 2 pkg
    strawberry Jell-o (3 oz each)
  • 8 Tbsp
    melted butter
  • 2 oz
    freeze-dried strawberries, ground (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp
  • 8 oz
    extra creamy Cool Whip

How To Make strawberry crunch cake

Test Kitchen Tips
For decorating, we reserved a little of the whipped filling to pipe on top and added strawberries and Golden Oreos. We did have a lot of topping left over (almost enough for another cake), so you can go very heavy with it when decorating.
  • Boxed cake mix batter prepared and poured into 2 pans.
    Preheat oven to 350F and bake cake according to directions in 2 round cake pans. Cool.
  • Golden Oreos, melted butter, and Jell-o mix in a food processor.
    While the cake is baking, prepare the crunch topping. Remove cream from 30 Golden Oreos. Crush/grind Oreos into a coarse texture. Blend in the dry Jell-o mix. Then blend in the melted butter.
  • Adding freeze-dried strawberries to the food processor.
    Add freeze-dried strawberries and pulse until they are chopped and blended.
  • Whisking heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla pudding mix.
    For the filling mixture, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla pudding mix.
  • Whipped until fluffy.
    Beat until everything is incorporated.
  • Baked strawberry cake on a plate with half the whipped vanilla filling on top.
    For the layer cake, once the cakes are cooled place one cake on a dish. Spread about half of the whipped vanilla cream on top of the cake.
  • Sliced strawberries on top of the vanilla filling.
    Cover the topping with sliced strawberries.
  • Second cake placed on top.
    Add the second cake. Add the remaining whipped filling to the top of the second cake.
  • Outside of the cake frosted with Cool Whip and pressing crunch topping over the cake.
    Frost the outside of the cake, covering everything, with a layer of the Cool Whip. Then apply the strawberry crunch topping all over. This gets a little messy.
  • Glaze drizzled over the cake.
    Mix the glaze and drizzle it over the cake.
  • Cake decorated with strawberries.
    Decorate with sliced strawberries.
  • A slice of Strawberry Crunch Cake on a plate.
    The cake must stay refrigerated and can be frozen. It can be left out at potlucks/BBQs (just put any leftovers in the refrigerator after).