My original thought was to add strawberry sauce while I was still heating the milk, but that turned out to be a very bad idea. Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack before removing the pan to let the cake cool completely. Semi Homemade Strawberry Cake. I think I had maybe like 12 holes or so, but add more or less depending on how much pudding you want mixed into your cake. Cake mixes give you such a variety of cakes to make…and they are quick and easy. 1 package strawberry cake mix (regular size) 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant banana cream pudding mix; 2 cups plain Greek yogurt; 4 large eggs, room temperature; 1 cup water; 3/4 cup canola oil; 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil; 1 cup white baking chips; Optional toppings: Vanilla ice cream, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries and fresh basil Make cake according to package directions for a 9x13 pan. This cake starts with a box cake mix. It makes it the ULTIMATE strawberry cake. Strawberry pudding was actually one of the two recipes I had to scrap while I was creating it. Please, oh please…do not let that scare you off. (1/5 verses the 2/5 used in earlier layers) If the pan feels a little difficult to remove, let it cool inverted on a cooling rack for another 10 minutes before trying again to remove the pan. Repeat these layers twice more, the final layer of strawberries should be slightly less. When you remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in cake approx 1 inch apart using the end of a wooden spoon. Layer your ingredients into the trifle bowl in this order: 1/3 pound cake, then pour 1/3 of strawberry syrup over the pound cake, 1/3 of pudding mixture and then 2/5 of strawberries. Turns out, if you add strawberry sauce at the wrong time, it will curdle the milk/heavy cream mixture. This strawberry cake has a double strawberry punch….strawberry cake and strawberry Jello.