Gooey Love Cake

Make this relatively quick and impressive cake for your Valentine. 

vanilla cake mix, banana creme pudding mix, caramel ice cream topping, banana

suggestion: vanilla cake mix, banana creme pudding mix, caramel ice cream topping, banana

1 box cake mix

1 box instant pudding mix

1 jar (1 pound) ice cream topping

fruit, cut into small pieces as necessary

hint: Choose complimentary ingredient flavors. 

1. Make cake batter (do not bake yet) according to box directions.

2. Make pudding according to pudding pie directions on box (reduced liquid), pulverizing lumps between fork tines and your finger.

3. Swirl 1/2 cake batter and 1/2 pudding together in a large cake pan.

4. Place fruit on swirled mixture.

5. Drizzle remaining cake batter and pudding over fruit.

6. Bake according to briefest time box directions.

7. At end of baking time, turn off oven, then open over door quickly, then close oven door and allow pudding cake to cool in warm oven.

8. Cover pudding cake with plastic wrap and refridgerate overnight.

9. Pour at least most of ice cream topping over pudding cake.

10. Arrange fruit on top of topping.


  1. acilius

     /  February 11, 2009

    Looks tasty! I love pudding and everything mixed with pudding.

  2. cymast

     /  February 11, 2009

    I like banana and vanilla pudding. Chocolate pudding- not so much. Tapioca pudding is just wrong.

    I wonder why Jell-O wrestling is more popular than pudding wrestling.

  3. acilius

     /  February 11, 2009

    I like rice pudding. Tapioca pudding is similar enough to rice pudding that I’m disappointed every time I eat it- it’s like rice pudding gone bad. Then of course there’s “bread pudding,” which I think would be much more popular if it weren’t called “pudding.”

  4. cymast

     /  February 11, 2009

    Thumbs up for rice pudding and bread pudding- as long as there’s no raisins.

  5. acilius

     /  February 11, 2009

    I’m with you there. I love raisins by themselves, in chocolate, or in yogurt, but not in anything else. Especially not in anything baked.

  6. cymast

     /  February 11, 2009

    I dislike raisins entirely, unless they’re pre-pulverized beyond sensory recognition. Biting into one is like popping a bug.

  7. acilius

     /  February 11, 2009

    One of the things I like about them is that biting into them is like biting into rubber, so you start with low expectations. But then they are quite sweet. And occasionally you get a really good one with a rich, complex flavor, something you can savor for several seconds.

  8. cymast

     /  February 12, 2009

    Funny, your description made me dislike raisins even more.

  9. acilius

     /  February 12, 2009

    Gee, now I want raisins. Let me try it as a six-word memoir:

    You hate raisins. I like them.

    Hmmm, that one isn’t very substantive.

  10. cymast

     /  February 12, 2009

    Regarding raisins, favor accuracy over substantiveness.

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