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When I was a kid, my grandma would make the most amazing Icebox Pudding Cake. It was rich, creamy, and so delicious! It was our favorite dessert and sometimes she surprised us with it as an after school snack. Grandma’s recipe began with pudding that she cooked on the stove. Her secret ingredient was Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. Whether she made the pudding from scratch or made a box of “cook” pudding, she always added an extra teaspoon of the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. The result was a decadent dark chocolate flavor and it was fantastic!
She layered the pudding with lady fingers. The lady fingers sold today are very different than the ones Grandma used to buy. Hers were soft and a bit spongy. The only ones I have found in the last 20 years are light, yet very firm and crunchy. I tried making Grandma’s cake with the lady fingers I found and it just didn’t turn out very well, so I hadn’t attempted making it for years. I was recently telling my kids about my Grandma’s icebox pudding cake and they have been asking me to make it for them. Since I couldn’t make the exact cake, I decided to create a quick and easy version.
Grandma made pudding with Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. I decided to pick up some ready-made Hershey’s Pudding Cups that I found at Walmart. The Hershey’s Pudding is rich, creamy and made with real Hershey’s Cocoa, just like my grandma used to make! (By the way, the September/October issue of ALL YOU Magazine has a $0.55 off coupon for Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding! Thats only $1.93 for a 4-pack! Awesome deal!!!)
Instead of lady fingers, I chose to use ready-made pound cake.
Simply slice the pound cake and layer it with the pudding. It’s THAT easy!
Icebox Pudding Cake
- 6 Hershey’s Pudding Cups
- 1/2 Pound Cake, Sliced
- 4 Oz. Whipped Cream/Topping
- Crumbled Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars for Topping, Optional
Each cake should have 2 layers of cake and 2 layers of Hershey’s Pudding. Top the cake with whipped topping and some crumbled peanut butter chocolate bars (optional). I used 1/2 of a pound cake and 6 Hershey’s Pudding cups to make 2 small cakes. It made 6 servings.
Look at all that rich, creamy goodness! Now that the kids are back in school, we always look for quick after school snacks when they get home. This Icebox Pudding Cake was so quick to make and they LOVED it! I was able to make this cake in a fraction of the time it took to make the original recipe.
Be sure to check out more delicious topping ideas and fun activities at Kraft.com and HERE. I’d love to hear your favorite! And if you love this recipe as much as I do, please share it with your family and friends too!