While preparing each layer, keep all ingredients and cake layers not being
used in the refrigerator, taking them from the refrigerator as you need to work
Bake the cake in two layers.
Prepare COOKED pudding using whole milk.
After the cake has cooled, cut each layer in half. Soak the inside of the layers
with rum, but do not over-soak.
When the pudding is cool, add the chocolate to one layer and the vanilla
extract to the
other layer. To fill the middle of the four layers, use whipped cream made with
vanilla extract and granulated sugar. You can also add drained, halved maraschino
cherries to the middle layer, if desired.
Use whipped cream to cover the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with pastry
flowers or candied flowers, if desired. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles or nuts,