This is a very quick and simple no bake dessert cake. I've been making it for years without a written recipe. I have also tried it with different flavors such as Coconut/Pineapple. This recipe lends itself well to experimentation. Note: If desired, chopped nuts may be added to the pudding before spreading over cake, or may be sprinkled over the top of the pudding before adding the whipped topping layer.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Tear angel food cake into bite size pieces into a 9x13 inch cake pan (preferably glass).

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  • Prepare chocolate pudding as directed on package. Gently spread over the top of cake pieces, spreading to edges of pan.

  • Carefully spread whipped topping over chocolate pudding, spreading to edges of pan and taking care not to mix with pudding.

  • Using a cheese grater or vegetable peeler, grate chocolate bar over the whipped topping.

  • Chill until ready to serve, at least one hour.

Nutrition Facts

102 calories; protein 1.2g 3% DV; carbohydrates 17.4g 6% DV; fat 3.1g 5% DV; cholesterol 0.4mg; sodium 207mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2003
I am 9 years old. This was very good.It was also quick and really easy because I was able to make this recipe. My sisters that are younger than me loved it!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2012
This can be called many things but it is not a pudding cake. It is more widely known as a trifle. A pudding cake is a cake that you bake and it makes it's own pudding under it. The recipe itself is a good one but it is trifle. It is even better with chocolate cake instead of angel food. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2003
I am 9 years old. This was very good.It was also quick and really easy because I was able to make this recipe. My sisters that are younger than me loved it!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
I made this but with a few changes. I used a mix rather than store bought cake. Instead of tearing the cake into pieces I cut it into 3 layers. I then "frosted" each the bottom and middle layers with the pudding and used the whipped cream as a frosting. You still have to be careful not to get the pudding into the whipped cream but I think it was much prettier this way and seemed more appropriate for a birthday cake. Very yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
Editor Note: The pudding ingredient in this recipe was changed to "instant" at the recipe submitter's request. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2012
Directions don't sound like there is supposed to be regular AND instant pudding. Am I missing something? Extra chocolate is never a bad thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2008
First of all this recipe was exceptionally easy and delicious. The cool thing is it can be any kind of pudding. I put in banana pudding and chopped bananas instead of chocolate and it tasted amazing. It was also for my mother for mother's day and she loved it. We ate all of it in two days! Thanks a ton for putting this on allrecipes. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2004
Wonderful recipe! If your looking for a low cal low fat and low cholesterol dessert that young and old will love. This is it! Thank you Linda! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2008
We made this when I was growing up but we would use vanilla pudding and instead of the chocolate sprinkled on top we would break up a butterfinger bar instead. Delicious!! Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2005
Very fast and easy to make. We found the angle food cake to be a little dry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2009
Excellent and easy the best thing to make in a hurry. No hard work and very good even using low-fat ingredients. Sometimes good with low-fat graham crackers instead of angel cake but both are terrific. Garnish with raspberries for an extra touch. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2012
This can be called many things but it is not a pudding cake. It is more widely known as a trifle. A pudding cake is a cake that you bake and it makes it's own pudding under it. The recipe itself is a good one but it is trifle. It is even better with chocolate cake instead of angel food. Read More
(8)