An angel food cake without icing is
available in most markets year-round.
You can slice the cake into squares
about the size of marshmallows. Or,
you can tear the cake into ragged pieces
about the same size. Either method
works well, but the sliced version
Drain the juice off of the fruit
cocktail. Reserve the juice and
use it as the liquid in preparing
the vanilla pudding, according
to instructions on the box.
The cinnamon is an optional
addition and is highly recommended
if you want to serve the
pudding warmed up. Just lightly
sprinkle the cinnamon on the
top of each serving.
Put the cake pieces on the bottom
of your serving dish. Add the
layer of fruit. Make the pudding using the
reserved juice and pour it over the top.
Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top.
You can also put some whipped cream
on top of each serving, but that’s pretty
much like gilding the lily.
This a good dessert to serve when having
guests. You can prepare it well ahead
of time and keep it in the fridge overnight
until it’s time to bring it to the table, if
you’re serving it cold.
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