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Old 08-09-2005, 09:07 AM   #1
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REC- Strawberry Cheesecake Torte

Hubby made this for our church's mens cake bake a couple of years ago & I'm making it for a family cake bake we are having Sunday at church. I'll have to take pics of it when I get done with it Saturday because it is just beautiful, not to mention yummy!


1 pkg (16oz) pound cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake) or your favorite pound cake recipe
1/2C. water
1 pkg (3oz) strawberry gelatin
1/4C. seedless strawberry jam
1 lemon
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3C. cold milk
1 container (12oz) Cool Whip, thawed
1 pkg (3.4oz) cheesecake instant pudding & pie filling
1 kiwi, peeled, halved lengthwise & sliced
1C. hulled & sliced strawberries


Preheat oven to 400F. Line 10x15 1/2 inch sheet pan with sides with parchent. Prepare cake mix according to package directions or your favorite plain pound cake recipe; spread evenly into line pan. Bake 15-18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean; cool 10 minutes in pan. Carefull lift cake out onto wire cooling rack; cool completely.

In small bowl, microwave watwer on hight 1-2 minutes or until boiling. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Add jam & whisk until smooth. Invert cake onto flat surface, such as large cutting board, remove parchment. Prick cake with a fork at 1/2 inch intervals. Brush cake evenly with all but 2Tbsp. gelatin mixture. Trim 1/4 inch around cake; discarde edges. Cut cake crosswise into 3 equal layers.

Zest lemon; set zest aside. Juice lemon to measure 2Tbsp. juice. In large bowl, mix cream cheese & lemon juice until smooth. Add milk & whisk until smooth. Spoon Cool Whip over cream cheese mixture(do not mix). Sprinkle with pudding mix; mix well. Mixture will be very thick.

Place one cake layer on large serving plate. Fill piping bag fitted with a star tip with cream cheese mixture. Pipe a straight border around cake layer. Spoon about 1/4 of cream cheese mixture down center of cake layer & spread evenly. Top with second cake layer & repeat. For third layer, pipe a decorative border around edge, spread any ramaining cream heese mixture down center.

Arrange kiwi on top of cake just inside the border. Place strawberries & reserved gelatin mixture into small bowl; mix gently. (If gelatin has set, microwave on high 5-10 seconds or until softened.) Spoon strawberries over center of cake, sprinkle with reserved lemon zest.

Makes 16 servings.

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Old 08-09-2005, 11:30 AM   #2
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I'm copying and pasting! This sounds so good--and very rich! I can't wait to see yours. I'm sure it looks beautiful all put together.
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Old 08-09-2005, 01:39 PM   #3
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PA, it is rich but I could still eat the whole thing by myself!
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oh yum i love cheesecake. this sounds so good crewsk !
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:18 PM   #5
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This sounds absolutely amazing!! I'm printing it out now. We're invited to a cookout next saturday & i volunteered to bring dessert - guess what I'm bringing!?!?! Just curious, there really is a cheesecake pudding mix? I've never seen it. Is it made by Jello?
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:35 PM   #6
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Yes to both questons designerobsessed. I think it's fairly new but it's out there. One of my favorite things to do with it is either make or buy a graham cracker crust, mix the pudding following the pie filling directions, fill the crust & top with whipped cream & white chocolate shavings. It's also good with a layer of fruit between the pudding & whipped cream. Let me know how the torte turns out for you! When hubby made it for church, he tied with my dad, who had made a dirt cake in a flower pot, for best looking cake.
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As promised here are the pics! I just finished with it & I can't wait to eat it!



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Old 08-14-2005, 05:33 PM   #8
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I bought everything to make the torte. I even found the pudding. I'll make the pound cake from scratch. But where's the pictures?
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:48 PM   #9
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Your cake looks lovely, crewsk. Good job. I am sure that it will be the best cake tonight at the cake bake. Good luck!!
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Old 08-14-2005, 09:20 PM   #10
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Designerobsessed, it may take a minute for the pics to load. Let me know how it turns out for you!


Thanks SC! It won best looking!
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