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Grandma Skidmore’s Strawberry Pudding Cake

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My husband’s Grandma Skidmore was the sweetest lady. We would visit her for the weekend and she would always feed us until we couldn’t eat any more. In the summer, she was famous for her delicious cake. No matter how full we were, we would always leave a little room for this yummy cake. Grandma Skidmore has passed away (if she were still alive she would be celebrating her 102nd birthday this year!). But her memory lives on. And whenever we make and serve this delicious cake, it makes us think of her. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does.

yellow cake mix with custard pudding layer sliced strawberries and coolwhip
Grandma Skidmore at my son’s 1st birthday party – you can see two of her famous cakes in the bottom left.

Grandma Skidmore’s Strawberry Pudding Cake

My husband's grandma used to make this cake whenever we would visit. It is a variation of the classic "pineapple jiffy cake" recipe – used with crushed pineapples. It is delicious with strawberries. This is a classic summer cake that goes great for a party.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • Stand Mixer


Yellow Cake

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Melted Butter (Or Oil)
  • 1 Cup Water (Or Milk)

Custard Pudding Layer

  • 1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 5 1/4 ounce box Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 3 Cups Whole Milk


  • 1 Carton Cool Whip or Coco Whip
  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Sliced


  • Make the cake according to package directions. (For an extra rich cake, I recommend using melted butter instead of oil, and milk instead of water). Bake in large pan (10 x 14 inch) so there is room to layer other ingredients on top.
    yellow cake mix getting ready for oven
  • Remove cake from oven and let cool.
  • Soften cream cheese. Whip with stand mixer. Blend in 1/2 cup of milk. Add instant pudding mix and 2 1/2 cups of milk, beating until light and fluffy. Spread over cooled cake. Let set in refrigerator.
  • Place sliced strawberries over entire cake. Spread Cool Whip (or Coco Whip) over entire cake. Refrigerate several hours. Store in the fridge.
    custard pudding layer cake with cool whip and strawberries


The last time I made this recipe, I decided to place the strawberries on top of the Cool Whip.  To make the Cool Whip into a frosting consistency, I mixed the carton with a cup of powdered sugar.  That was delicious too – and so pretty!
Keyword strawberry cool whip easy cake, strawberry custard pudding cake

Do you have any favorite recipes that make you think of your family or special traditions? Let me know in the comments!

1 Comment

  • Marilyn RB
    September 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    5 stars
    LOVE this recipe, Ramah. Thanks for sharing it. I am certain it will be a regular treat.

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