Original recipe yields 12 servings
DJDEMARCO commented that the cool whip was an insubstantial frosting for this layer cake; I completely agree. Allrecipes.com has a awesome and simple and refreshing Cool Whip Frosting recipe: all you do is beat together 1 box instant vanilla pudding + 1 C. Milk + 1 tsp. Vanilla, and then fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip. Voila! It's that easy. And if you'd like, you could even add a tint of food coloring. :D
I did change the frosting to give it more body. Mix 4-8 oz ( I settled on 6 oz) softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar together and fold into the whipped topping. The cake is great as it is and my family asks for it all the time.
This was fun and festive and if everyone didn't comment on how well they liked it I'm not sure I would even give it 3 stars. When I assembled my cake layers they were wet. If you pressed on the top a whole layer of what appeared to be water would come to the top. I actually had to use a paper towel to soak some of it up from the cake. Very pretty though. I will probably try making one more time to see if I can get better results. I liked the simpleness of the Cool Whip as the frosting.