I found this fantastic cake on Pinterest. My son saw it a few days before his birthday and decided that this is what he wanted for his birthday cake. The only problem - no directions! I like to think I am pretty crafty and can figure things out, so I tried. Learn from my experience.
I used a store bought angel food cake. Cut it in half so it is half as thick. Then cut the cake in half so you have two letter "C's".
UPDATE - this was way too thick for a strawberry shortcake. When you cut the cake by the thickness, do it in thirds or even fourths.
Stack the pieces and form a 'snake'.
UPDATE - it came out so cute! Now I want to make other shapes for the girls - a rainbow, flower, peace sign.....
Take off the top layer and put on a layer of whipping cream. I used a cookie press - just to make it look pretty - and cool whip
After the cool whip is done on the bottom layer, slice strawberries and layer them on the cake. I used my moms strawberry slicer, but if you use a knife just slice the berries very thin.
Then so the same to the top layer of cake (this could be done with ANY cake! oh the possibilities!)
Then I took a full (really pretty berry) and used it as the head
I used a knife to make a teeny tiny slit for the eyes and 'tongue'. I took a leaf from one of the berries and put it in a slit for the tongue and small pieces of leaf for the eyes. I would have used candy eyes, but I left them at home.
Since it was a birthday cake we then put in candles. It looked like a Chinese dragon when the lights were out and the candles were lit. My son loved it.
UPDATE: This needs to be assembled the day OF the party so the cool whip doesn't soak through the cake. I made it about an hour before dinner and everything was yummy after dinner. As previously mentioned, cut the cake thin so you have a good ratio of cool whip, strawberries and cake. I cut it way too thick and ended up putting more whipping cream and strawberries on everyone's slice.