Cream-Filled Strawberry-Brownie Cake

Cream-Filled Strawberry-Brownie Cake


Brownie Layer
1 box (19.5 oz) Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
1/2cup Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil
1/4cup water

Cake Layer
1 box (18.25 oz) Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix
3/4cup water
1/3cup Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil
1/2cup diced fresh strawberries

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2cup LAND O LAKES Butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Frosting and Garnish
1 container (16 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
2/3cup powdered sugar
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries*

Heat oven to 350F. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms of pans with cooking parchment paper; spray paper with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir all brownie layer ingredients 50 strokes with spoon. Spread about 1 cup batter in each of 3 pans.

In large bowl, beat all cake layer ingredients except diced strawberries with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on high speed 2 minutes or until blended. Fold in diced strawberries. Pour and spread about 1 1/3 cups mixture evenly over brownie batter in each pan.

Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Carefully invert cake layers from pans on cooling racks; remove parchment paper. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, to make filling, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on high speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in 3 cups powdered sugar until creamy. Carefully fold in 8 oz whipped topping.

To make frosting, in another medium bowl, beat 16 oz whipped topping and 2/3 cup powdered sugar with electric mixer on low speed until blended.

To assemble cake, place 1 cake layer, brownie side down, on serving plate. Spread half of filling to within 1/4 inch of edge; top with 3/4 cup of the strawberry slices. Repeat with second layer, remaining filling and 3/4 cup strawberry slices. Top with remaining cake layer, top side up. Frost sides and top of cake with frosting. Garnish with remaining 1 1/2 cups strawberry slices. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.

Submitted by:
Doris Wallace of Des Arc, (her entry in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off going on March 25-27, 2012 in Orlando, Florida).

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