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Strawberry and Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe

These little cakes look great and they are so simple to make. The combination of a chocolate cookie crumb base, a strawberry mousse layer, and a vanilla mousse layer is extra special and you will love the way the fruity flavors work with the chocolate. The easiest way to get neat little squares is to run a knife with a thin blade under hot water, then run it between the side of the pan and the cake to release it. You might need to warm the knife again. Take the springform sides off and serve the cake. You can keep this strawberry, vanilla and chocolate pudding cake in the refrigerator for up to three days.

If you want a more colorful cake, feel free to add a few drops of pink or red food coloring to the strawberry mousse layer and a few drops of yellow coloring to the vanilla layer. This is optional and does not affect the flavor of the pudding cake, but it does brighten it up a bit.

Serve this cake with a cup of coffee in the afternoon or for dessert after dinner. Since it keeps for a few days in the refrigerator, you might even want to double the recipe and make extra.

Vanilla Pudding Cake with Strawberry Mousse
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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  • 3 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
  • 4 oz melted butter
  • Whipped cream, fresh mint leaves and cocoa powder, for garnish
For the Strawberry Mousse:
  • 8 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tablespoon brandy
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ? cup boiling water
  • ½ lb fresh or thawed strawberries
  • Half a 3 oz package strawberry gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
For the Vanilla Mousse:
  • 2 packages (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 ½ cups cold milk
  1. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch springform pan.
  2. Combine the melted butter and cookie crumbs in a bowl, then press the mixture on to the base of the greased pan and chill it in the refrigerator.
  3. Remove the stems from the strawberries and rinse the fruit, if you are using fresh ones.
  4. Drain the ice and water away if they are thawed.
  5. Blend them until you have a puree.
  6. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and then add the milk.
  7. Add the sugar to the gelatin, and then add the lemon juice.
  8. Add the egg yolk and brandy.
  9. Whip the cream until it is thick, and then add it to the gelatin mixture, along with the strawberry puree.
  10. Spread this over the chilled, set crust.
  11. Beat the vanilla pudding into the cold milk and spread this over the top of the strawberry mousse.
  12. Chill for 3 hours.
  13. Cut the cake into squares and decorate each one with some whipped cream, a couple of fresh mint leaves and a sprinkling of cocoa powder.

Photo Description:

This vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate pudding cake recipe is really good and if you are a fan of vanilla pudding cake you will love it. The strawberry layer is amazing too. It is up to you whether or not to use a few drops of food coloring when making the mousse layers and, if you want vibrant colors like in the photo you should. This fluffy dessert has a great taste and you can use other flavors of pudding if you like, for a slightly different result. This is one of the easiest gelatin recipes to make and it looks very impressive.

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