FoodNetwork.com, AllRecipes.com and similar websites publish simple recipes for punch bowl cake. Common ingredients include yellow cake mix or angel food cake, instant vanilla pudding mix, milk, and Cool Whip.
Recipes use a variety of fruits, including strawberries, crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling or bananas. Typically, punch bowl cakes feature pudding on the bottom, fruit in the middle and cool whip on the top. Some recipes call for chopped walnuts or flaked coconut as toppings.
Cooks serve punch bowl cake chilled in a punch bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, most recipes make 15 to 20 servings and take as little as 30 minutes to assemble, excluding baking time.