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Pudding Cake-Filling!

Pudding cake filling is amazingly versatile and easy to make!

pudding cake filling in an orange bowl

Once you try this flavored cake filling, you’ll find you’ll want to include it in your rotation of options when baking.

It’s. That. Good.

A few years back, I found a scribbled down a recipe I had found for cake-filling.

Cake filling!

It’s always worth a scribble, right? No surprise there, as I lurv cake and everything that fills it.

The paper was a bit worn, and as I looked at the ingredients I thought, “Why not?”

I proceeded to whip up a batch of the now FAMOUS best cake-filling you’ll ever eat, and the rest is spoon-licking history.

The original recipe called for vanilla pudding, so consequently I made it as a vanilla-flavored filling.

What if you want something other than a vanilla flavored cake filling?

Brace yerself – as you are well aware, OMT! gets bored with regular recipes and is constantly futzing with them.

Futz, I did.

What happened was wonderful and, of course, delicious.

This is the new, soon to be AS FAMOUS, orange cake-filling.

cake filling in an orange bowl on a blue cloth

Need a spoon?

Yeah, me too.

Pudding plus Cool Whip plus Orange = Flavor Perfection.

I had made a Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake (yours could be layers) and wanted to try a creative flavor for the cake.

I thought about a chocolate ganache or a fruit spread, but then it came to me to try adding orange to my simple cake filling.

As you’ll see from the recipe, the filling is a glorified Cool Whip and instant pudding concoction.

Add some orange juice and you get flavor perfection!

How To Add Fun Flavors to The Best Cake Filling

Orange Pudding Cake Filling Recipe

(If you prefer a printable recipe, scroll to bottom of post!)

Ingredients:

1 large box vanilla instant pudding mix.

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

1/4 – 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tbsp fresh orange zest

Instructions:

* Mix pudding mix with 1 cup milk.

* Place in fridge for about 5 minutes to set.

* Mix in orange juice and zest.

* Fold in Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream (I used 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip – or what equals to one regular-sized tub).

* Makes enough to fill and top a two-layer cake.

Notes:

* You can see my orange juice measurements are from 1/4 – 1/2 of a cup. It’s totally up to you how much to use. Add more for a fluffier filling and less for a more dense filling.

* If you can stand it, make the filling a day ahead, then fill cake. This allows the flavors to marry (I now pronounce you…), making your eating experience eye-rolling good.

FYI: I have yet to let the flavors marry. IT’S TOO MUCH TO ASK OF ME!

* Store uneaten cake (BWHAHAHAHAHAH!) in fridge – tightly covered or wrapped. This will also allow flavors to get acquainted.

FAIL Note:

* I did try to flavor with dry jello mix before I hit upon the idea of fresh orange juice. The jello mix is gritty (doesn’t dissolve very well) and weighs down the fluffiness of the filling.

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

* Cut up fruit and add to filling.

* Add mini chocolate chips.

* Use on cupcakes!

* Pancake, waffles and French Toast filling!

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

How To Add Fun Flavors to The Best Cake Filling

Totally not kidding about hiding it in the back of the fridge. As soon as you taste it, you’ll forgive me.

Bonus Notes:

* If you need forgiveness from someone – make them this. Humbly show up, don’t say a word, offer them a spoon, offer them a bowl full of filling (don’t be greedy and hold some back) and get ready for ALL THE FORGIVENESS!

* When you’re done eating the filling straight from the bowl – oh, yes you will – don’t forget to wash the dish. Sure, it looks clean from all that licking, but you really should go ahead and wash it.

* Milk. Orange juice. Breakfast. This is essentially breakfast. IS SO.

Your turn.

Get thee to a grocery store and grab these ingredients (may as well get three of everything…just trust me on how often you’re going to make this), STAT.

Let me know what you think.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to check the back of my fridge.

cake filling in a orange bowl with a blue towel

Orange Pudding Cake Filling

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Orange-flavored pudding cake -filling!

Ingredients

  • 1 large box (4.6 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix.
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups Cool Whip or heavy cream
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest

Instructions

* Mix pudding mix with 1 cup milk.

* Place in fridge for about 5 minutes to set.

* Mix in orange juice and zest.

* Fold in Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream (I used 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip - or what equals to one regular-sized tub).

* Makes enough to fill and top a two-layer cake.

Notes

* You can see my orange juice measurements are from 1/4 - 1/2 of a cup. It's totally up to you how much to use. Add more for a fluffier filling and less for a more dense filling.

* If you can stand it, make the filling a day ahead, then fill cake. This allows the flavors to marry (I now pronounce you...), making your eating experience eye-rolling good.

* Store uneaten cake (BWHAHAHAHAHAH!) in fridge - tightly covered or wrapped.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

~ Original Post: September 10, 2018 ~   ~ Updated Post: October 31, 2022 ~

Happy Mixing, Filling and Hiding, Y’all!

How To Add Fun Flavors to The Best Cake Filling

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Monday 24th of September 2018

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Jodie Fitz

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

MMMM sounds gooooood. Thanks for sharing at last week's Reader Tip Tuesday. We hope to see you at this week's party. xo

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Patti Tucker

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Thanks, Jodie!

Liberty

Monday 17th of September 2018

You're hilarious! This looks delicious!

Patti Tucker

Monday 17th of September 2018

Ha - thanky! And it is!

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Ohh - I like the orange zest. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

Patti Tucker

Sunday 16th of September 2018

You are welcome!

Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots

Saturday 15th of September 2018

I could eat this right out of the bowl. It looks sooooo good!!

Patti Tucker

Sunday 16th of September 2018

(I have!)