Dreamsicle Cake

I've been known to pour liquor onto and into pretty much every cake I bake, and although this recipe would be easily modified to include a little something... special, like Absolut Mandarin - yum, last weekend I was cooking for some people, and one of them is pregnant.

Damn pregnant people and their "no alcohol" rules.

Anyway, I asked Preggo if there was anything she currently hated and/or craved, and the only thing she said she had been craving was oranges.

I could have bought a big bag of oranges and been done with it, but somehow that didn't seem like much of a dessert.

I remember eating a cake something like this one at some point - maybe a potluck at work? - but I don't remember it being as good as this one was.

I give this amalgamation of about 47 recipes I read on the internet two thumbs way up.

[Printable Recipe]

1 box of orange cake mix - Duncan Hines makes it, but it's kinda hard to find.  You could also use a yellow or white cake mix, but if you do, I'd use orange juice instead of the water called for, so it tastes orangey-like.
Oil, eggs and water according to the cake mix directions
1 package instant orange Jell-o
2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup super hot water
1 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip, thawed

Use a 9x13 or thereabouts sheet cake pan, and prepare and bake the cake according to the directions on the box, adding one box of the vanilla pudding mix to the batter before you start mixing.

After the cake is cooked but is still warm, use a skewer, or toothpick, or chopstick, or something long and skinny and pointy to poke holes all across the cake.  You can make some of the holes deep and some shallow.  You can make a few or a lot.  It's your cake, after all.  It's a great way to practice your stabbing so the next time you get mad at somebody, you're ready.  There are so few good practical stabbing exercises available...

Next, mix one cup extra hot water with the orange Jello, and slowly pour over the top of the cake.  Make sure you get some into all those little holes you just stabbed into your cake.

Now let it cool completely.

After it's cool, mix by hand one cup cold milk, the second package vanilla pudding, the vanilla extract and the orange juice.  After it's mixed, fold in the Cool Whip and spread on the cake.

Cool it in the fridge for a couple hours before serving it, and it is definitely best served cold.  It will keep in your fridge for several days, not that it will last that long.


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