Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

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Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 box (15 ounces) Strawberry Cake Mix, prepared according to pkg, directions
  • container (10 ounces) frozen strawberries in syrup - thawed a bit
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 box (3.5 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 container (12 ounces) Cool Whip - thawed
  • 1 pint strawberries with tops removed and strawberries cut in half
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans - optional


  • Make the boxed cake mix according to the directions on the back.
  • Pour the cake batter into a greased 9 x13 inch pan and bake according to the box directions.
  • When it is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool.
  • Once it is cool, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke rows of holes in the cake.
  • Put thawed strawberries with syrup into a food processor or blender. 
  • Purée a bit.
  • Pour the strawberry purée mixture over the cake and spread it out evenly.
  •  Let it soak in.
  • While you are letting the strawberry purée soak in, whisk together cold milk and the instant vanilla pudding mix in a bowl until it thickens.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread it evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Place the fresh strawberry halves on top of the cake frosting.
  • Sprinkle on the chopped pecans.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.


Cake must be refrigerated!


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

Cake must be refrigerated!

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  1. Jolene Orourke says:

    I absolutely love this cake! I make it for my family and they enjoy it as well!

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      Thank you so much, Jolene! We love it too! It’s so light and fresh!

  2. Jean Louse says:

    Amy, is their a substitute for the frozen strawberries in syrup? I have had trouble finding them in the grocery store. Usually sold out. Wondering if I can use sweetened fresh strawberries but concerned there may be too much/too little juice.

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      I think fresh strawberries tossed in bit of sugar would be delicious!

  3. Denise Kormanec says:

    This cake is so refreshing. I will make it again. Thanks

  4. Denise Kormanec says:

    Love love love this cake!!! Thanks again for another great recipe!!!