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Midwinter Cake

Midwinter Cake

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cool 45 mins
  • Chill At least 8 hrs or up to 24 hours

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This rich chocolate dessert, made with ladyfingers, vanilla pudding, coffee crystals and baking chocolate, is delicious any time of year.


  • 1 6-serving-size package cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 -3 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 4 - ounce packages sweet baking chocolate, broken
  • 2 1/2 3 - ounce packages ladyfingers (about 30), split
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • Slivered almonds (optional)


  1. For filling, in a large saucepan, combine pudding mix, coffee crystals, and gelatin. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat; add chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Cool for 45 minutes.*
  2. Meanwhile, line a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with waxed paper or clear plastic wrap. Line bottom and sides with split ladyfingers.
  3. Stir filling until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spoon half of the filling into the ladyfinger-lined loaf pan. Cover filling with a layer of ladyfingers. Repeat layers. Cover; chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
  4. To serve, uncover loaf and invert onto serving plate. Remove waxed paper or wrap. Garnish with additional whipped cream and slivered almonds, if you like. Slice into serving-size pieces. Makes 8 servings.


  • * Cool the filling before folding in whipped cream. Chilling mixture will make it too stiff.

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