Canada Day Cake
Contributed by Debi Smith from Houston
Comments: Celebrate the holiday with this easy-to-make, summery cake. Use the leftover cake batter to make cupcakes and be twice as popular.
I have added substitutes to make this recipe easier for people who will be camping.
1 white cake mix or thin slices of pound cake
1 pkg strawberry Jell-O
1 cup crushed or chopped strawberries
2 cups prepared whip cream or 1 tub of Cool Whip whipped topping
40-65 thin slices of strawberries
Spray the bottom of a 13x9 " cookie sheet (with sides) with non-stick spray.
Prepare the cake mix as directed and pour about 2/3 of it into the cookie sheet. Tip the pan around until the bottom of the pan is completely covered in cake mix. Make sure it gets into the corners and comes to half way up the pan. There should be some batter left over. You don't want too much cake batter on the cookie sheet or else it will have a rounded top and you want to have a flat top surface to work on.
Bake the cake for approximately 12 minutes, checking after 10. Lightly press on the centre of the cake. If it springs back AND if the sides of the cake have pulled back slightly from the pan, you know it is done. Remove from the oven and let cool.
OR you can cut thin slices of pound cake to cover the bottom of the cookie sheet. This method is preferable if you are camping as you can buy packaged pound cake, although it is pricey to do so.
Make the Jell-0 according to the 30 minute method with ice cubes. After removing the ice cubes, pour in the chopped strawberries and stir. Immediately pour over the cooled cake. Smooth it out until you have a fairly flat surface again.
Spread the whipped cream (I prefer the fresh, but again if you are camping the Cool Whip is so much easier. You will need to thaw the Cool Whip before using) . Chill for 2 hours.
Garnish with the 40-65 strawberries putting one to two rows of strawberries vertically down both sides and making the maple leaf pattern in the centre.
If you can't copy the maple leaf pattern from the picture below, you can cut out a pattern of a maple leaf on paper. Place in the centre of the cake and trace the pattern with a toothpick. Put a strawberry tip in each leaf point and then fill in the shape with the rest of the berries. Enjoy and have a Happy Canada Day!