i made up a recipe

Yes you read that right! I made up my own recipe! People who know me know that I’m not much of a cook, so this is a big deal for me. For example the soda and baking soda mix up of 2003ish (when a recipe calls for “soda” they mean baking soda not diet coke) Anyways, back to my awesome recipe. It all started when I first tasted the best cake in the world! The strawberry cake from Joe’s Italian in Alabaster, after that first taste and every time after that I new I had to replicate this wonderful cake. So I memorized this cake and came up with my own recipe to replicate it. I wanted to make my mom a cake for Mother’s Day and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to experiment with my recipe. And it was a success! Everyone loved it and it tasted just like the one at Joe’s! Yay!

Melissa’s Strawberry Bliss Cake

1 box strawberry cake mix (Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Strawberry Cake Mix)
1 1/3 Cups Water
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
3 Large Eggs

-Follow the directions on the box. I used two 9 inch round cake pans.

Strawberry Sauce
16 ounces fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water

-Mash strawberries (to save time you can just put them in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times)
-In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth.
-Bring it to a boil and stir until thickened.
-Stir in the mashed strawberries and remove from the heat.
-Stir in lemon juice the transfer to a small bowl.
-Refrigerate until chilled.

Let the cake and strawberry sauce cool before you assemble the cake.

Cool Whip Frosting
Large Cool Whip (thawed)
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cold milk
Strawberry Sauce to taste

-Mix pudding, milk and powdered sugar with mixer for about a minute until creamy.
-Fold in cool whip and some Strawberry Sauce (not much, just until it’s a slight pinkish color.

Now it’s time to assemble!

-Spread enough Strawberry Sauce to cover the first layer of cake, and then spread some Cool Whip Icing on top of that
-After you carefully add the next layer of cake, spread more Strawberry Sauce on top.
-Now spread the Cool Whip Icing over the entire cake.
-Top the cake with thinly sliced fresh strawberries (Don’t add the fresh strawberries until soon before you serve the cake)



  1. Yummm!! That sounds amazing-- can't wait to try it!! Now, if you could figure out Joe's Zebra cake recipe for me too that would be great!!haha!

  2. That sounds awesome!! Will you make that for me when I come and see you? I'm sad to say that I have not been to Joe's...