I made this cake for a work bake-off competition and won first place for best cake presentation. However, I missed the best taste prize because the taste wasn't as raving as I expected. Firstly, don't tweak the recipe like I did. I followed some reviewer's suggestions and added lemon pudding to the white cake mix instead of the vanilla pudding. So I had 2 layers of white/lemon cake. I shouldn't have listened to that suggestion. I think the cake would have won first place in tasting if I did not do that one little tweak. The cake turned out to be much more lemony than I wanted. That, coupled with the lemon frosting - I did not like. Ended up that the lemon overwhelmed the cake instead of being a light, refreshing cake.
Instead, stick to the vanilla pudding added to the white cake. You could really do without the lemon pudding filling and substitute with a cream cheese whipped frosting with strawberries instead. That's what I used to frost the outsides and I decorated the cake top and base with sliced strawberries. I don't think I would make it again because I wasn't so thrilled with the lemon filling, but I'll give it 3 stars because it wasn't entirely bad and the mistake was mine for not following the original instructions.
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I made this cake for a work bake-off competition and won first place for best cake...