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Strawberry Tunnel Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling

Makes

16 servings

My son doesn’t like traditional birthday cakes and always asks for something with strawberries for the occasion. I hit the jackpot when I dreamed up this delicious cake with a “surprise” inside. —Janis Borstad, Ponsford, Minnesota

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

Directions

  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 10-in. ungreased tube pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Cut a 1-in. slice off the top of the cake; set aside. To make a tunnel, carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell. Tear removed cake into 1-in. cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in milk and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in extract and food coloring if desired. Stir in cake cubes and strawberries. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping.
  4. Fill tunnel with strawberry mixture; replace cake top. Spread remaining whipped topping over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 267 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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