If you want a dessert that feeds lots of people and requires minimal time and is easy on the wallet, a Punch Bowl Cake is the answer. The other cool thing about them is that there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. The basic ingredients are cake, whip cream, pudding and fruit. Working with these items the flavor possibilities are endless. Punch Bowl Cake, Trifle, pretty much the same thing. Even though it’s not always served in a punch bowl, it still bears the name and is also kind of pretty.
I’ve shared with you before that when I slice the crowns of my cakes I store them in the freezer. Most of the time I used them to make cake truffles. This weekend I didn’t have the time or inclination for that long drawn out process. I was also a bit skeptical about the cake because it had been in the freezer for months. To my delight the cake was as good as the day I tossed it into the icy depths of my freezer. These are my components:
Strawberry, yellow and white cake
White chocolate and French vanilla pudding
A mixture of cream cheese, whipped topping and powdered sugar
Sliced maraschino cherries
Tell me, what’s not to love about all of the above? I started with cake as the first layer, then pudding, fruit, cream cheese mixture, and pudding. Layered it all the way to the top and then sprinkled the top with the toffee bits. I made it the day before and mustered all the restraint I could so as not to dive into it right away. It really is better the next day because the layers kind of cozy up to each other and the flavors blend perfectly. I could see this made with cookies, and then you’d have more of an ice box cake. I use brownies when I make Chocolate Deborah which I’m still under oath not to ever divulge the recipe. Some versions also use Jell-O, but I’ve never had or made that one, and honestly not quite sure if my gang would like it.
These types of throw a bunch of sweet stuff in a bowl desserts can easily be customized for holidays and other celebratory occasions. You’re only limited by your taste buds so have at it my friends!