In Daddy-Long-Legs, Judy goes to to a girl’s college and meets many new types of people, makes life-long friends, travels to places she’d never thought she’d go and experiences incredible new things. Segue! I think that a poor orphaned girl (whose name was literally chosen from a gravestone and the phone book) would love any chocolate dessert that was presented to her while away at her fancy new college. This recipe is recreation of something that my mother used to make for my siblings and I as kids. This version though is very quick and inexpensive. It’s light and airy and oddly refreshing. Judy’s Trifle Cake will leave a great impression on your dinner guests and not just the poor college students.
You will need:
Chocolate Cake ( I used a boxed cake baked in a 13 x 9in pan)
Chocolate Pudding (seriously, I’m not against the boxed stuff you guys)
Whipped topping (you can make it from scratch OR Cool Whip)
Fresh Fruit (think berries)
chocolate shavings or mint
Prepare the Pudding as the box says and chill in the fridge.
Prepare the chocolate cake but make a few substitutions. Butter for Oil and Milk for Water. Add a cap full of the vanilla extract. Place the baked cake in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Transfer it to a cutting board or tray (upside down) and return to the freezer for another ten. Once completely cool, slice off the top to make it level and all four sides. Next, cut into cubes.
There are a few different ways that you can plate this.
- If you have a trifle dish you can layer everything together. Cake, pudding, fruit, whipped topping until the dish is filled. At the top, garnish with fruit and a sprig of mint.
- In a mason jar you can do the same thing treating it like a tiny trifle dish.
- On a dessert plate you can make a square with four cubes, cover with pudding and you can either spoon or pipe the whipped topping. Lastly, garnish!
Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoy this super simple dessert!