Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack before removing the pan to let the cake cool completely. Repeat these layers twice more, the final layer of strawberries should be slightly less. This strawberry cake has a double strawberry punch….strawberry cake and strawberry Jello. Cake mixes give you such a variety of cakes to make…and they are quick and easy. Layer your ingredients into the trifle bowl in this order: 1/3 pound cake, then pour 1/3 of strawberry syrup over the pound cake, 1/3 of pudding mixture and then 2/5 of strawberries. (1/5 verses the 2/5 used in earlier layers) Strawberry pudding was actually one of the two recipes I had to scrap while I was creating it. If the pan feels a little difficult to remove, let it cool inverted on a cooling rack for another 10 minutes before trying again to remove the pan. When you remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in cake approx 1 inch apart using the end of a wooden spoon. Semi Homemade Strawberry Cake. I think I had maybe like 12 holes or so, but add more or less depending on how much pudding you want mixed into your cake. 1 package strawberry cake mix (regular size) 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant banana cream pudding mix; 2 cups plain Greek yogurt; 4 large eggs, room temperature; 1 cup water; 3/4 cup canola oil; 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil; 1 cup white baking chips; Optional toppings: Vanilla ice cream, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries and fresh basil Please, oh please…do not let that scare you off. Make cake according to package directions for a 9x13 pan. Turns out, if you add strawberry sauce at the wrong time, it will curdle the milk/heavy cream mixture. My original thought was to add strawberry sauce while I was still heating the milk, but that turned out to be a very bad idea. It makes it the ULTIMATE strawberry cake. This cake starts with a box cake mix.