Looking for a yummy treat? This Strawberries & Cream Cake is a great idea for a Valentines Day cake recipe or any special occasion! Easy to make and so many ways to decorate, you will want to keep this recipe on hand! Combining Vanilla pudding with a Stawberry Cake and then finishing with a cream cheese topping – yum!

Vanilla Pudding Recipe

You can buy a store-bought Vanilla pudding mix or you can make home-made. This recipe for home-made vanilla pudding makes about 4 cups and you will require 1 cup for the cake.

If homemade pudding is desired, you’ll want to make the pudding at least 4 hours earlier or perhaps the night before.


1050 mL whole milk
240 mL sugar
80 mL cornstarch
2.5 mL Watkins Fine Himalayan Pink Salt
5 large egg yolks, beaten
10 mL Watkins All-Natural Baking Vanilla 


Heat 960 mL of the milk in a large saucepan over medium heat until steaming.

Whisk the sugar, cornstarch and 2.5 mL salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks and the remaining 120 mL milk.

Whisk half of the hot milk into the egg mixture until smooth, then gradually whisk the egg-milk mixture into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture boils. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until it has thickened to a pudding like consistency, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Watkins Baking Vanilla.

Cool slightly, stirring a few times to prevent a skin from forming. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding and refrigerate until completely cooled and thickened, about 4 hours.

Strawberries and Cream Cake Recipe


Watkins Cooking Spray
1 pkg Strawberry Cake Mix (typically 432 g)
1 pkg (226 g) cream cheese, softened
240 mL of Vanilla Pudding (homemade or 2 snack pack cups)
120 mL confectioners’ sugar
1.25 mL Watkins All-Natural Baking Vanilla
480 mL halved fresh strawberries
Red Decorating Sugar, optional


Spray one 8-inch round cake pan and one 8-inch square cake pan with baking spray. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Cool 1 hour.

To make frosting, combine cream cheese, pudding, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth.

To assemble cake, place square cake diagonally on serving platter. Cut round cake in half; place cut sides of halves against top two sides of square cake to resemble a heart. Spread frosting on sides and top of cake. Place strawberry halves around edge of cake. Sprinkle center of cake with red sugar, if desired.

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