Our Family Favorite: Million Dollar Cake

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We celebrated two big birthdays in our family in January.  My oldest turned fourteen! And my middle turned twelve. I don’t feel old enough to feel old.  Anyway- one of our normal traditions every year is letting the birthday girl or boy pick out their favorite meal and choice of dessert.  Without fail, my family members pick Million Dollar Cake.
Our family favorite dessert- Million Dollar Cake- requested for every birthday! www.thirtyhandmadedays.com
Josh’s mom has been making this cake for years and years.  I’ve had all kinds of variations of it – with strawberries, bananas, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, vanilla cake, etc.  That’s the beauty of this recipe.  You can switch out the flavors with the same general guidelines.  My mother in law recently made this and added Heath bar to it – yum!!

Our Family Favorite: Million Dollar Cake
  • 1 box cake mix (and ingredients to make)
  • 1 3.4 oz box of pudding mix (and ingredients for pudding)
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese
  • strawberries, bananas, whatever type of fruit you want!
  • 1 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip
  • Chocolate bar (for garnish)
  1. Use a sheet pan for this recipe. If you only have 9x13s, this will make two 9x13s.
  2. Make cake according to directions. Let cool.
  3. Make pudding according to directions. Let chill.
  4. Soften cream cheese. Mix into pudding.
  5. Slice fruit.
  6. Layer fruit, pudding mix, and top with Cool Whip on the cake. Chill.
  7. Shave chocolate (if desired) to garnish.
  8. You can use any kind of cake mix you want - chocolate, Devil's food, white, etc. You can then use different puddings as well - chocolate, vanilla, lemon. It's a good base for whatever flavor combinations you want.

For the pictures on this post I used chocolate cake, vanilla pudding and strawberry slices.

Our family favorite dessert- Million Dollar Cake- requested for every birthday! thirtyhandmadedays.com

Try out some of our other favorite desserts (there are so many we love!):

Mom’s Carrot Cake (my favorite!)

Christmas Truffle Cupcakes
Truffle Cupcakes

Favorite EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade Strawberry Heart Oreos

Do you have any MUST HAVE family favorites like our Million Dollar Cake?


  1. Heather says

    My six year old son helped me make this for his birthday today and it was a hit!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. says

    Mique, I really love this and can see why your family asks for it! We have a couple of cakes that are big hits in my family and I know they would love this. Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you are having a happy week!

  3. says

    I was expecting this to be a scratch cake and I am so excited that it’s not. I mean I don’t mind making a cake from scratch every now and then, but if I can find a delightful recipe that has shortcuts I am all over it. Saving this and can’t wait to gobble some up! Mmmm

  4. says

    This cake looks divine! I may need to try this. I’m also looking at your carrot cake recipe. Carrot cake is my absolute favorite!