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Strawberry Crunch Cake

This Strawberry Crunch Cake recipe is four layers of strawberry shortcake flavor covered in buttercream frosting, and a homemade strawberry crunch coating. This cake tastes just like the ice cream bars!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Assembly 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 box Strawberry Jell-O mix
  • 1 box Vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup flour divided
  • 5 sticks unsalted butter softened and divided
  • 1 Strawberry boxed cake mix
  • 1 White boxed cake mix
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract q
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream


Crumb Coating

  • In a small mixing bowl, add half a stick (1/4 cup) butter, strawberry Jell-O mix and 1/4 cup flour. Use a fork to mix until you get a sand-like consistency.
  • In a separate bowl, add half a stick (1/4 cup) butter, vanilla pudding mix, and 1/4 cup flour. Use a fork to mix until you get a sand-like consistency. (Feel free to add additional flour if necessary)
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour both bowl onto the cookie sheet and gently toss both mixtures until they are evenly mixed. Gently use your hand to press down and form a disc with the two mixtures, Bake for 11-12 minutes or until slightly browned. (Be very careful they burn quickly)
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. They should harden up as they cool.
  • Once completely cool, break up the disc and add to a food processor and pulse until you have a course crumb. Set aside in an air tight container.

Cake Layers

  • Prepare both cake mixes according to the instructions on the back of the box and bake 2 8-inch cakes of each flavor. (A total of 4 cake layers)
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.


  • Meanwhile, add 4 sticks softened butter into the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and cream for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time being sure to completely combine after each addition.
  • Last, add in the heavy cream and whip on high speed until you get a "whipped" consistency.


  • After your cakes are cooled and leveled. Start by stacking a strawberry cake layer on a cake stand or serving tray and top with about 2/3 cup of frosting and smooth. Add a vanilla cake layer on top and continue alternating cake flavors.
  • Once the cakes are stacked, smooth the remaining frosting over the outside of the entire cake.
  • Cover the sides of the cake in the strawberry and vanilla crunch topping and top with whipped cream if desired and serve!
Keyword Cake Recipes, Easy Dessert Recipes, Strawberry Crunch Cake