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Lemon and Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

This layer gelatin cake is not difficult to make and it looks impressive because of the different layers. A simple combination of graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter is used to make both the topping and base for this lemon and chocolate pudding cake. It is easier to make the top and the crust in two stages, else the butter mixture will have set again by the time it is time to put the topping on, so just have the right amount of butter ready and melt it when it’s time.

The stripes look good on this dessert. If you do not want to use yellow food coloring, you can boil some lemon peels to get a natural yellow dye. The stripe is completely optional and you do not have to make this fluffy gelatin dessert two-tone if you do not want to.

The glossy layer of chocolate on top makes this dessert extra special and gives it a sophisticated look, as well as complementing the overall taste. You can make the chocolate topping by melting some semisweet chocolate and pouring it over the dessert. Leave it to set and it will finish this lemon and chocolate pudding cake recipe off to perfection. The same glaze can be used for donuts.

Chocolate Pudding Cake with Vanilla
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 6
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  • 5 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 package lemon gelatin
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cups melted butter
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups whipped cream
  • Yellow food coloring
  1. Combine the melted butter with the graham cracker crumbs and half the sugar.
  2. Press half of this mixture on to the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  3. Refrigerate it for half an hour.
  4. Stir the lemon gelatin into the boiling water until it completely dissolves. Let it sit and get thick.
  5. Cream the remaining sugar with the cream cheese, and then add the thickened gelatin and vanilla extract.
  6. Fold in 2 cups of the cream.
  7. Divide the mixture in half and add a few drops of yellow food coloring to one half.
  8. Spoon the yellow mixture over the crust, then spread the white mixture on top.
  9. Chill the pudding for 2 hours or until it has set.
  10. Top it with the rest of the graham cracker crumb mixture.
  11. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and take it off the heat.
  12. Make sure you do not get any water into the pan.
  13. Pour the chocolate over the cake and leave it to set.
  14. Cut it into squares to serve.

Photo Description:

This fluffy gelatin dessert blends the flavors of lemon, chocolate, cream, vanilla and more. The cream cheese gives it a depth of texture and the whipped cream keeps it fluffy. This elegant lemon and chocolate pudding cake is the perfect dessert after dinner and it is also nice served with a cup of coffee mid-afternoon. The picture shows what the cake looks like if you add yellow food coloring to half the mousse mixture but that step is optional. It will still be a layered gelatin mousse cake with or without the two colors inside, because of the two layers of crust and the chocolate topping.

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