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Zuccotto

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Ingredients
  Pound cake mix 17 Ounce (1 Package)
  Liqueur 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Almond Flavored)
  Semi-sweet chocolate square 6
  Heavy cream/Whipping cream 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Instant espresso coffee powder 2 Tablespoon
  Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling 5 1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
  Milk 2 1⁄4 Cup (36 tbs)
  Almond extract 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Slivered almonds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), toasted and chopped
Directions

1. Prepare cake mix as label directs for 9" by 5" loaf pan; cool completely.
2. Line 2 1/2-quart bowl with plastic wrap. Cut cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut each slice diagonally in half to make 2 triangles. Sprinkle liqueur over triangles. Line bowl bottom and side with triangles, making sure that there are no spaces between triangles and that bowl is completely covered. Reserve remaining triangles.
3. In heavy 1-quart saucepan over low heat, melt 4 squares chocolate; cool slightly. Coarsely grate remaining 2 squares chocolate.
4. In small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat 1 1/4 cups heavy cream and 2 teaspoons instant espresso-coffee powder until soft peaks form. In large bowl, prepare instant pudding as label directs, but use only 2 1/4 cups milk. Fold whipped cream and almond extract into pudding. Fold in grated chocolate.
5. Spread two-thirds of cream mixture to cover cake in bowl. Fold melted chocolate into remaining cream mixture; use to fill center of dessert. Top dessert with remaining cake triangles. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours.
6. In small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar, remaining heavy cream, and 2 tea spoons instant espresso until soft peaks form.
7. Unmold dessert onto chilled platter; discard plastic wrap. Frost dessert with whipped-cream mixture; sprinkle chopped almonds on top.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Dessert
Dish: 
Cake

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