Let Them Eat Cake … or Pudding

BY KIM MATURO

Chocolate Pudding
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Have you noticed that from February to April there are a lot of birthdays going on? In my case, I have 8 birthdays (including mine) spread out over 5 weeks. Last week, there were three birthdays at my office and this week another two. That’s a lot of cake and celebrating. This week is both my mother’s and my sister’s birthdays (Happy Birthday you guys) and I wanted to make my sister a birthday cake. She loves cheesecake, so I wanted to make a Brownie Bottom Cheese Cake.
I woke up early, took out all my ingredients, started making each part of the cake and felt very confident that this was going to be the best cheesecake ever. While it was cooking, the worst thing happened! The Brownie bottom oozed up to the top and took FOREVER to cook. Then when I took out the cake it fell! It didn’t fall on the floor, it just collapsed on one side. This was a huge fail. With no time (or desire) to make another cake, I went the fun route: Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Cream and Sprinkles!! The chocolate pudding is classic Jello mix but the whipped cream is homemade. Here is how:

Yield: 2

Ingredients
1 package of chocolate pudding Jello mix
2 cups of milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 vanilla bean
1 tbsp. powdered sugar

Method

  1. For the pudding, combine chocolate mix and milk and blend for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. With electric mixer, whip the cream and add the vanilla bean and sugar. Whip until the cream forms little peaks.

Assembly
In a small cup, place two spoonfuls of pudding, a spoonful of whipped cream, and repeat as desired. Top off with sprinkles and voilà! The no-bake birthday dessert!

For those who would rather buy a cake, here are some of my favourite places in Montreal:

Cocao Locale
4807 Avenue du Parc,
Montréal, QC H2V 4E7

Gateaulogie
1273 Van Horne,
Outremont, Qc., H2V 1K5

Bilboquet – Les Glaceurs
4864 Sherbrooke O.
Westmount, Qc H3Z 1H1

D Liche Boutique de cupcakes
3964A St.Denis
Montreal, Qc H2W 2M2

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