Want to impress your friends and family? Make them this amazing dessert! Layered cakes are very easy to make everyone will rave about it!
This Layered Chocolate Pudding Cake is always requested for birthdays and family parties – you will definitely want to try it!
BELOW is a LIST OF THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS layered chocolate pudding cake RECIPE:
Layered Chocolate Pudding Cake ingredients:
- Chopped Walnuts
- Cool Whip
- Cream Cheese
- Powdered Sugar
- Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
- Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
- Chocolate Hershey Bar
A few items you will need to make this recipe:
- 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish (THIS one is great)
- Hand Mixer
- Vegetable Peeler for your chocolate curls (THIS one is a favorite)
How To Make Chocolate Pudding Cake
Bake for 20 minutes and then let the crust cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl combine half of the Cool Whip, softened cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Cream together until smooth.
Carefully spread this mixture over the cooled crust. Set back into the fridge to set up for about 10 minutes.
The next layer is a smooth, chocolate pudding that goes perfectly with the crust and cream cheese layer. You will want to mix the 2 pudding mixes, milk and vanilla.
Beat with a hand mixer on low speed until it starts to thicken up. Carefully spread over the cream cheese layer.
Let that set up in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
Cover the pudding layer with the remaining Cool Whip.
How To Make Perfect Chocolate Curls
Want to make your cake look fancy? Add these easy chocolate curls. The secret: use a vegetable peeler to shave off the edge of the candy bar!
Sprinkle the curls over the top of the entire cake. We used the whole chocolate bar because we love extra chocolate curls.
Cut into squares and serve! Your friends, family or party guests will LOVE it.
- Place the candy bar in the freezer at the beginning of your recipe prep, and by the time you make the chocolate curls it will be frozen for the perfect curls. It melts quickly in your warm hand.
- This layered chocolate pudding cake can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Use a vegetable peeler for easy and perfect curls, running it along the edge.
- Cool Whip works better than real whipping cream in this recipe.
what are the best nuts to use in the crust?
We are often asked if peanuts or other nuts can be used when making the crust of this chocolate pudding cake. Walnuts or pecans work best in this dessert.
Pecans can sometimes be bitter, which makes them ideal for desserts. They are often found in brownies, cookies, and cakes. If you store them in the freezer, you can extend their shelf life.
Walnuts are always best when combined with anything sweet. That makes them a perfect candidate for chocolate pudding cake. They are often baked, which brings out their hidden sweetness.
Easy pudding Substitutions
If you are not a big chocolate lover, you could easily substitute chocolate pudding for other flavors.
We have seen this recipe made with pistachio pudding and lemon pudding.
You can replace the chocolate curls on top with white chocolate, or a cookies and cream bar. So many options to make this dessert to your liking.
how to store the leftovers
This layered chocolate pudding cake doesn’t last long at our house. It is popular at most family parties.
If for some reason you have leftovers, no worries. You can easily save the leftovers for the next day. Just cover will with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator.
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More tasty treat ideas
We love a good layered dessert! For similarly layered treats, check out our other favorite recipes:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake
- Layered Cherry Cheesecake
- Layered Peanut Butter Brownies
- Mom’s Famous Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies
- Blueberry Jamboree
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