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Hands Down The Best Cake Filling You’ll Ever Eat

I’m telling y’all: this is hands down the best cake filling you’ll ever eat!

I’m gonna need you to calm yerself before you gaze upon it’s creamy light deliciousness.

Ready?

GO!

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Don’t you want to just grab a spoon and hide in a closet until yer done hoggin’ all that cake filling goodness?

No?

WHAT?!

Come On, People – live a little!

It makes me giddy (not even kidding) ever time I see it.

The bonus is it tastes even better than it looks.

#pinkyswear

Let’s take another peek:

Hands Down The Best Cake-Filling You'll Ever Eat

There’s only one problem with this recipe: I have amnesia.

I have where-did-I-find-this-most-amazing-recipe amnesia.

For that I am truly sorry, because whoever created this deserves a stinkin’ cake-filling medal.

Hands down the BEST you’ll ever eat.

Ain’t even kidding!

Have you ever read a recipe and were all: Oh, man – I gotta try that.

Soon.

So you grab whatever scrap piece of paper is closest and scribble down the recipe, swearing you’ll get to the store, grab the necessary ingredients, and make that bad boy tomorrow?

Yeah. Me too. Twinsies!

Except it took FOREVER before I found the scribbled recipe again and then actually got to the store, grabbed the ingredients and made it.

I had tucked it into my “recipe file” (a giant notebook haphazardly stuffed with scraps of paper) and had promptly forgotten about the nommy nom nom that awaited me.

Then one day, while rummaging through the ridiculously overstuffed notebook for a completely different recipe (and swearing for the thousandth time that I would organize that hot mess), I came across my barely legible chicken scratch on an old-looking piece of paper and pulled it from the abyss to decipher and make.

Lawsy.

To say that day changed my cake filling ways isn’t hyperbole, it’s the holy truth of what actually happened.

~ clouds parting – angels singing ~

Look at this lovely bowl full of fluffy cake-filling nirvana:

Hands Down The Best Cake-Filling You'll Ever Eat

~ mouth watering…must make again ~

We’ll just cut the chit-chat and get right to it, shall we?

Here’s the true lowdown on what happened…

As soon as I made the cake filling and knew it was gold, my brain immediately started to play around with it for modifications:

* Cut up fruit and add to filling.

* Add mini chocolate chips.

* Flavors, so many flavors of pudding available to try!

* One flavor filling to fill the cake – another to top the cake.

* Use on cupcakes!

* Pancake, waffles and French Toast filling!

* Make and hide in the back of your fridge – for your spoon only!

Hands Down The Best Cake-Filling You'll Ever Eat

To recap – here’s how thangs went down:

* Years ago, I found a filling that spoke to me on paper, but I never got around to making it. I copied it and tucked it away, until now.

* I had a new cake recipe that I wanted to try.

* I thought I’d try the filling too.

* Turned out the filling was so good that I didn’t frost the cake, I simply used the filling to fill and top the cake.

* We almost fainted from the sheer joy and deliciousness.

Full Disclosure: We didn’t come near to fainting, but if I could have, I would have.

* After I filled and topped the cake, we licked the container clean that held the filling.

Like kids. I had it on my fingers and face and shirt.

I ain’t ashamed.

* We ate a piece of cake each and fell in love. With the cake-filling. Cause we’re already in love with each other.

Just thought I should clarify.

But, totally feed this to someone whose affection you seek.

It should do the job.

[Tweet “Yep. Cake filling. I’m practically hyperventilating over cake filling. “]

SIDE NOTE on this amazing cake filling concoction:

My MIL is a picky picky sweets eater and in her later years has taken to a softer foods.

Enter the best cake-filling modified as her fav: banana pudding.

I simply make use the vanilla pudding mix, then add banana slices and finely crumbled vanilla wafers as a topping.

Add a spoon and she’s in!

Currently, this is her all time fav sweet to eat.

People. Try this filling. DO IT!

I soooo want to link where I found this bit of cake-filling nirvana, but I don’t know to whom the credit belongs.

THANK YOU, ANONYMOUS STRANGER!

If y’all will excuse me, I need to go make filling.

No cake.

Just filling.

Cake Filling Heaven

Sweet sweet filling of the cakes!

Go on now – get to whippin’ and stirrin’ and lickin’ of the spoonin’s!

How easy is this filling to make?

Can your pour?

Can you stir?

Can you fold in one more ingredient?

Yes, to all?

That’s how easy it is to make.

Let’s quit messin’ around and get to pouring, stirring and folding.

Do you love a custard cake filling?

Have you ever made custard for filling a cake?

There’s the heating of milk and carefully adding the eggs – don’t add too fast! Do you want to ruin it and have to start all over again?! Sheesh.

There’s the constant stirring and babying the mixture.

While the finished product is delicious, you may not have time for the drama, mama!

Honestly, this is as close as you’ll get with minimal time and mess.

Let me backtrack just a hair – have you ever had a giant Costco custard filled sheet cake?

You know the ones. They could feed a village and you could still send everyone home with leftovers.

Oh, momma!

I tell anyone who will listen (THAT’S YOU!) that I could eat that filling straight from the vat. 

For my next birthday, y’all can skip the cake (SACRILEGE!) and simply bring me a spoon and a tub o’filling from Costco!

It’s addicting.

It’s lip-smacking.

It’s spoon licking goodness.

As. Is. This. Best. Cake. Filling.

You know you can trust me on this.

I mostly use the vanilla as a chocolate cake filling.

I’ve used this filling, the vanilla flavor, mostly in my chocolate cakes; the light flavor and texture is perfectly paired with a robust and dense chocolate cake.

Witness:

chocolate cake with white icing and jimmes on orange plate

This is one of the most simple and, dare I say, elegant ways to present a cake.

Simply fill in between the layers and then top cake with filling.

For a fun splash, you can top the cake with anything your imagination offers.

Nothing on a cake says OH MY GOSH, THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD! like a sprinkling of, well, sprinkles.

For my chocolate cakes, I like the delicious crunch and fun appearance of jimmies.

JIMMIES!  (commonly known as sprinkles)

Who doesn’t love jimmies?  WHO?!

Fun Fact: Jimmies are the granddaddy of ice cream toppings, and credit for their creation is claimed by Brigham’s, a Boston-area ice cream company in business since 1914. Company records don’t reveal why the miniature chocolate rods (outsiders call them “sprinkles”) were dubbed jimmies. 

Honestly, when I was research I was surprised to learn this fact; I thought the term belonged to the South.

Alrighty, y’all – enough jibber-jabber: To the recipe!

Note: I have included a printable recipe card below for yer stuff-and-forget into your “recipe file” needs. Aren’t I swell?

cake filling in a blue bowl

Hands Down the Best Cake Filling You’ll Ever Eat

Ingredients:

1 4.6 ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix.

1 1/2 cups of milk (use only half the milk called for on box)

1 1/2 – 2 cups Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream

Instructions:

#1: Whisk pudding mix with milk.

#2: Place in fridge for about 5 minutes to set.

#3: Fold in Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream (I used 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip – one normal-sized tub)

#4: Makes enough to fill and top a two-layer cake.

Note:

Once cake is filled and topped, eat immediately – or – cover and refrigerate.

cake filling in a blue bowl

 

cake filling in blue bowl

Hands Down The Best Cake-Filling You'll Ever Eat

Yield: Enough to fill and top a two-layer cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Hands down the best light and fluffy cake-filling I've ever made or eaten. Get ready for a cake-filling, cupcake-topping, spoon-eating recipe to end all recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 4.6 ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix.
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Whisk pudding mix with milk.
  2. Place in fridge for about 5 minutes to set.
  3. Fold in Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream (I used 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip - one normal-sized tub)
  4. Makes enough to fill and top a two-layer cake.

Notes

Once cake is filled and topped, eat immediately - or - cover and refrigerate.

Options:

* Cut up fruit and add to filling.

* Add mini chocolate chips.

* Flavors, so many flavors of pudding available to try!

* One flavor filling to fill the cake – another to top the cake.

* Use on cupcakes!

* Pancake, waffles and French Toast filling!

IMPORTANT: The nutritional info does not take into account how much per spoonful you sneak.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice cake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information can vary.

Original Post: October 2, 2017. Updated: July 10, 2019

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Emily Nelson

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Ok so small confusion. In your recipe, it says to use a 4.6oz box of instant pudding mix. The only 4.6 I can find is the Cook and Serve type, which I don't think will work for this recipe. Did you mean to use a 3.4oz box?

Patti Tucker

Thursday 27th of May 2021

Hi, Emily! That 4.6 is not a mistake - there is a box that size (the same size as the Cook and Serve). If you can't the bigger box, modify the recipe using two smaller boxes.

Hope that helps (maybe check out Amazon for the larger instant pudding boxes).

Ellen

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I have used this recipe for years!! It is the very best! I got it from a newspaper way back… way back! When I was a child. This is the topping for the original jello poke cake recipe. Let me tell you it is fantastic on top of that cake! My children always ask for this cake and topping for their birthdays! The best ever filling/topping!!

Patti Tucker

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Waaaay back! lol!

It is the best! Thank you for spending your time with us!

Beverly Dick

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Would this be a good filling for a Gob Cake or Ho Ho cake.

Patti Tucker

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Not sure (never heard of these cakes!), so my advice is to try it! If it works, please come back and let us know!

Kathy

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Hello, loved your blog. Made me LOL. My family has been using this recipe for years using angel food cake topped with this frosting and strawberries. Yum. Think I’ll get busy on dessert for dinner tonight. Thanks for taking me down memory lane! You are correct in describing this frosting as the best...ever!!! Kathy Ashland, WI

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Lol! Thank you!

Get to makin'/eatin'!

Bess

Sunday 4th of April 2021

THIS WAS SOUP. ABSOLUTE SOUP. I followed the instructions and I got soup.

However maybe I somehow missed a step because there is like 18 pages of text to read through.

I added a block of cream cheese. Yep. Still soup. But I will salvage this soup for maybe banana pudding or something.

Patti Tucker

Sunday 4th of April 2021

I'm so sorry this was your experience. Also, for future reference, there is a "jump-to-recipe" button at the top of every recipe post, so you don't have to read/scroll through the entire post.

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