This is such a cozy comforting dessert and so easy to make. Even you guys could make this as a special treat for that dinner you are preparing for your girlfriend or for Mother’s Day. Of course this is assuming you have a mixer and know what a whisk is.

Here is the recipe for lemon pudding cake, but you could do the same thing with chocolate. First of all use a Duncan Hines cake mix and two boxes of instant pudding. You will also need three eggs, water, milk, a 13 x 9 inch cake pan and an oven.

Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease pan. In electric mixer put cake mix, 1 1/4 cup water and three eggs. If you are making the lemon cake, also put in one tablespoon of grated lemon peel  Mix on low for thirty seconds and then medium for two minutes. Pour into cake pan.

In bowl put two boxes of instant pudding mix and 2 3/4 cup milk. Whisk for two minutes till thick and then spoon over cake mix but don’t go too near the edges. Leave a border about half an inch all around.

Bake for 50 minutes till lightly brown and edges pull away from sides. When it is done the cake will be on top and the pudding on the bottom. Magic.  Center should jiggle a little. Cool twenty minutes. Center may sink a little. Spoon into bowls and top with whipped cream, cool whip or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I like homey food like this. Sort of reminds me of my youth. Of course they didn’t have instant pudding in the olden days. No you had to mix and stir it on the stove for five whole minutes.

I still prefer to do this, as to me, it tastes much better than instant. Sometimes it is hard to find Cook ‘n Serve pudding mix in the market. It is almost as easy to make it from scratch using, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and milk.

Actually cooking the pudding doesn’t take but two minutes longer than the ‘instant’ and it is worth it. Plus, if you are trying to get your children to eat more protein, you can stir in a couple of beaten egg yolks. Cook as usual. Beat the egg whites till stiff, add a little sugar/ and then fold whites into the pudding.

Now you have sort of an airy souffle and it makes quite a bit more. This is pretty served in crystal stem glasses such as you would use for champagne.

You can buy the four serving size and mix with two cups of milk, or the six serving size and use three cups of milk. When it is done you just pour it into little glass dishes. Or you can use those plastic drinking cups. I always put a marshmallow in the cup first. Surprise!

Another thing you can make with these tall glasses is multi colored jello. For a real thrill, fill bottom third with red, tilt glasses so jello is at an angle. Hold in place with something/dishtowel etc. When semi hard, add another color and tilt opposite way, and then do the same with a third color. Really a gorgeous dessert and people are soooo impressed.

What you have is a zig zag pattern of jello and all you have to do is prop the glasses up against something in the fridge to make sure the jello sets at about a 45 degree angle. Whip cream on top for sure.

And good to know, you can get sugar free jello now that doesn’t taste that bad. Also sugar free and fat free pudding, both of which I haven’t tried and don’t intend to. Also, buy your pudding and jello when it is on sale as it is half the price or less.

Of course if that seems like too much trouble, just pour the pudding or jello in one big bowl and scoop out as needed. Also, if you are someone who doesn’t like the ‘skin’ on top of the pudding (although that is my favorite part), you can put a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper on top of the pudding and it will cool without the ‘skin’.

And if you are really lazy, you can buy pudding and jello all made in little plastic cups in the dairy case. I like the Mousse ones.

And if you are celebrating something such as an award or a good report card, here is how you do it. Using stiff paper, such as from a cut up greeting card, draw something like ‘Congratulations, Tommy,on your great report card’. ‘Good job, Susie, on making the cheerleading squad.’ Glue paper onto a toothpick or half a chopstick and stick this in the dessert.

You can get fancy and print out a message on your computer, print it on photo paper or cut out pictures from a magazine. I did this the other day with scrambled eggs. Very impressive. If you want to get very Martha Stewart, you can dip the edges in white glue and glitter. (And adults like this just as much as kids do)