Midwinter Cake - Ladyfinger Pudding Coffeecake

"No-Bake pudding based cake with layers of ladyfingers! Make-ahead: needs 8-24 hours of chilling time. Note: Cool the filling before folding in whipped cream. Chilling mixture will make it too stiff."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • 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.*.
  • Meanwhile, line a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with waxed paper or clear plastic wrap. Line bottom and sides with split ladyfingers.
  • Stir filling until smooth. Cool filling. 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.
  • 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.

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