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Steve and I were recently invited to a “Chopped” food night at some friends house. For those of you that aren’t familiar with “Chopped”, which I wasn’t myself. Because Steve and I don’t have cable we had never seen the show before. The idea is that you are given secret ingredients to make a specific portion of dinner – whether that be the appetizer, main course, or dessert – and you have to come up with something off the cuff. Steve and I were assigned dessert, which I LOVE and we came up with that!

Cake:
1 box Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix, or any other chocolate cake mix
1 c. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs
3-4 Clementines, enough to make 1/3 c. juice

Frosting/Filling:
2 pkg (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 Snack Pack vanilla pudding cups
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced, not frozen

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cake according to package directions except using only 1 c. water and 1/3 c. Clementine juice instead of 1 1/3 c. of water. Divide batter between 2 greased bread pans evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. While cake is baking, prepare frosting/filling. Beat together cream cheese, vanilla pudding, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until whipped and well blended. Cool cake completely. Slice in half horizontally. Spread a thin layer of filling and top with sliced strawberries in center of cake cover with top cake layer. Frost cake with remaining frosting. Sprinkle with Clementine zest if you desire.

[My 2 Cents]
So this may be a complete no brainer to you… but it wasn’t to me! Don’t forget to REFRIGERATE the cake after you assemble it, otherwise it WILL grow mold! Just and FYI :)

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