B is for Baking: Snow Tunnel Cake
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This snow tunnel cake recipe has been a family favorite for many years now. With my birthday fast approaching, I have been thinking about this cake for the last few weeks. My mom always makes this for me as my birthday cake, probably because it is such a light, cool cake to eat for a summer birthday. I made one for Father’s Day weekend this year and it was a big hit with my little family. The recipe could not be easier and I am excited to share it with you today. Here we go:
1 Angel Food cake, prepared
1 small box of chocolate pudding, prepared
1 large tub of Cool Whip or other whipped topping
Strawberries or shaved chocolate for garnish (optional)
Begin by gently removing the angel food cake from the pan. I find that running a knife around the outside as well as the center of the cake before flipping it out of the pan works best for me. I have to admit that I used a store bought cake this time (and I often do!). I had the cake mix at home to bake, but it was so hot that I just couldn’t stand the idea of heating up the oven. So I ran up to the store and picked up a pre-made angel food cake from the bakery section of my local grocery store. How easy is that? Decide what plate you will display your cake on or use a cardboard cake board as your base.
Carefully slice the top third of the cake off using a serrated knife or a cake leveling tool. I recently purchased a Wilton cake leveler and just love it. It is easy to adjust and makes slicing and making layers of any homemade or store bought cake a snap. Place the bottom of the cake on the cake plate and set the top off to the side until later.
The next step is to create the tunnel. Using your fingers or a spoon, carefully remove the cake from the bottom layer to create a tunnel all the way around. Try not to break through the sides or the bottom of the cake if possible. Tear the cake you pull out into small pieces and reserve it in a separate bowl.
Mix the chocolate pudding with the cake pieces you removed from the tunnel. Carefully spoon the mixture back into the tunnel making sure to fill it well. I love the way the chocolate pudding compliments the lightness of the angel food cake, but you could also fill this cake with other flavors of pudding or fresh fruit. It would be delicious filled with mashed strawberries!
Gently place the top of the cake back on to cover the chocolate tunnel. Press down lightly. Dust any loose crumbs off the outside of the cake and prepare to frost it.
Liberally frost the entire cake with whipped topping beginning in the center and working outward. Garnish your snow tunnel cake with strawberries or chocolate shavings. For best results, refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
There you have it! Snow tunnel cake with chocolate filling. This light, fluffy dessert is sure to become a favorite. And it is so darn easy to make. My husband recently proclaimed that he likes this cake better than any cake we can purchase from the local bakery. That really says a lot coming from him! Let me know how this recipe turns out for you and if you try any variations. Enjoy!
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