Strawberry Lush Layer Cake

Strawberry Lush Dessert— but make it layer cake.

Layers upon LAYERS of vanilla cake, Golden Oreos, Vanilla Pudding, Cool Whip, Cream Cheese, and Strawberries. HELLO!

  • Cake #1 of my “Cakes With Pudding In It” series. If you have a better name for this series PLEASE tell me in the comment section! 😂
  • Strawberry Lush Layer Cake is a refreshing twist on my BEST Vanilla Cake Recipe.
Strawberry Lush Cake

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Strawberry Lush Layer Cake At A Glance

Strawberry Lush Cake

Why You’ll Love It

  • Super fun & easy recipe for new bakers!
  • Cake layers loaded with Golden Oreos!
  • Scrumptious filling of cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and strawberry jam!

What You’ll Need

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Let’s Skip the Fluff and Get to the Lush.

I won’t bore you with a tale of how our family came to love Strawberry Lush Dessert. Let’s just get straight to the cake making!

In this post I’m going to outline the key components of the Strawberry Lush Layer Cake as well as the assembly.

For a full tutorial on assembling this cake, check out my Video Tutorial Here!

The Cake

  • The BASE recipe that you’ll need for this cake is right here. We will be modifying the recipe slightly to include Golden Oreos in the batter + an Oreo crust on top of the cake layers!
  • Follow all of the steps in that recipe post but once you’ve made the cake batter— PAUSE and come back here and follow the instructions below before baking!!
    • Once you make up your vanilla cake batter, fold in 15 crushed Golden Oreos.
    • Pour the cake batter into your baking pans and top with a light handful of crushed Golden Oreos.
    • Lightly press the crust into the cake layers.
    • Continue on and bake as instructed in the Vanilla Cake Recipe Post.
    • Chill layers completely before assembling cake!

The Fillings

  • For the “Lush” filling (pudding mix, cream cheese, whipped topping, etc.) see recipe card at the end of this post. 😊
  • For the strawberry portion of the filling, rather than using fresh strawberries inside the cake, I decided to use strawberry preserves— they packed more of a punch on the strawberry flavor. Fresh strawberries sort of got lost in the middle of all of the cake and pudding!
  • My Vanilla Buttercream Recipe.
    • If you’re sticking to a minimal finish as I do in my video, one batch is all you need! I do suggest splitting it in half to make half softer and half more firm!
    • If you’re going to completely cover the cake for an opaque finish and more ornate decorating, double the recipe! I would keep about 1/4 as a stiff consistency and the rest can be softer for decorating!
  • … more crushed Oreos… (about 10)

The Assembly

The Decoration

  • I finished this beauty with a “naked” buttercream finish. I topped with swirls of vanilla buttercream, fresh strawberries, and Golden Oreos.
  • If you want to see exactly how I did it, check out the video here!
Strawberry Lush Cake
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Strawberry Lush Filling

  • Author: Wildflour Mama
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Fluffy Vanilla Pudding Filling. Perfect for filling cakes and paired with strawberries or other fresh fruit.


Units Scale
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C. whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 1.5 oz Vanilla Pudding mix


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together heavy cream + vanilla pudding mix.
  2. Let set for 2 minutes.
  3. While that’s setting, in another bowl mix together cream cheese + powdered sugar until soft and fluffy.
  4. Mix the cream cheese mixture + pudding mixture together until combined.
  5. Fold in the whopped topping until combined. 
  6. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container until ready to use!


I know some of these measurements are awkward, but much more than this is just WAY too much for filling a cake! Feel free to double this recipe and use the rest of your filling for parfaits or other fun desserts!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: dessert, filling

Any Questions?

  • Shoot me an email to with any questions you may have! I’d love to help!
  • You can also shoot me a DM on Instagram or TikTok @wildflourmama and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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