Doesn't that look yummy? It may not be picture perfect, but it will taste like summer on this January day. This cake was made with store-bought ingredients and went together very quickly.
I love to make things from scratch for several reasons. 1) It is usually cheaper, 2) It is usually healthier, and 3) I like to cook. However, I am always on the look out for a deal. If I can pick up ingredients for a semi-homemade meal or dessert, I will do it in a flash. I got the Angel-food cake on a buy one get one free deal. This one has been in the freezer. The lemon curd is from a Jello mix I got on a clearance shelf.
The pudding is cook and serve. I'm not a fan of instant puddings, but if you like them feel free to use them. I called my mother when I was cooking the pudding. A nice chat later and into the refrigerator it went. I do tend to think instant pudding tastes different than the cook and serve stuff. Maybe it is because I grew up eating it. I don't really know, but I don't mind taking the time to cook it. I have made lemon curd from scratch many times. It is wonderful, but I didn't have the ingredients on hand to do that today. My whole outlook is 'make do with what you have'.
So, I cooked and cooled the pudding. I took the cake out of the freezer and let it defrost a little bit. It is easier to slice or cube cake when it is still a little bit frozen. I cut it into 3 pieces and layered the pudding between the layers.
I like to let some of the pudding ooze down the sides. It always makes my kids say, "OOOOOOOO!"
I don't put pudding on the top, but you can if you like. I prefer to top it with whipped topping.
The assembly took less than 5 minutes. My son ran to get his camera because he wanted a picture. Nothing warms my heart like my son getting excited about the things I make in the kitchen.
If the cake had broken up while cutting it, I would have layered the cake cubes and pudding in a bowl and topped it with the whipped topping. Then instead of a torte, you have a trifle! This would be very tasty with fruit too. I didn't have any today and no one is going to complain. You can use any type of cake and any type of pudding. Let your imagination run wild!