There’s this dessert recipe my mom has been making for decades that she calls “trash cake”.
It’s a coveted dessert in our family and one that I give out to newbie cooks as much as possible.
Trash cake is the single easiest dessert to make for parties and cookouts. All it consists of is torn-up angel food cake, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. That’s it!
I’m not sure where my mom got the recipe from or how long she’s been making it, but it’s a big part of the food memory section in my brain.
Using inspiration for trash cake I set out to make a strawberry version. There’s no strawberry pudding (or is there?) so I decided to do diced strawberries cooked into a light syrup instead.
The torn-up angel food cake and whipped cream stay the same for this recipe. The only other deviation from the original is I threw in mini marshmallows because it started looking very much like ambrosia while I was stirring everything together.
The mini marshmallows were a genius idea. They added even more textures and flavor to this stunning dessert.
It’s not a looker, if you know what I mean. The dessert looks kind of like a mound of, well, trash. That’s probably where my mom got the name. Despite that, this recipe is a good one for beginner cooks and the taste will likely blow your guests out of the water! I highly recommend taking this with you to your next cookout.
Strawberry Shortcake Ambrosia
A simple, refreshing dessert to take to cookouts made out of angel food cake, fresh strawberries, mini marshmallows and whipped cream.
- In a large pot, combine diced strawberries with sugar. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until a light syrup forms and the strawberries cook down by 1/4. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- Tear angel food cake into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Once strawberries are cooled, add strawberries in half of the syrup. Discard or reserve the other half of the syrup for a different use.
- Fold whipped cream in with the strawberries and angel food cake.
- Fold in marshmallows. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake Ambrosia”
Amazing recipe despite the rather disparaging nickname! I’m reminded of the Eton Mess dessert in the UK with strawberries and whipped cream — though it uses meringue instead of angel food cake pieces.
It was giving me Eton mess vibes!! Maybe I can call the other recipe “mess cake” 🤣
How Strawberrylicious. 🍃🍓