Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
9 servings (serving size: 1 slice of cake and 3 tablespoons topping)

Dutch process cocoa has less acidity than regular cocoa, and it gives the pudding mixture a smoother chocolate flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan. Gradually add skim milk, stirring with a wire whisk until blended. Add the chopped chocolate; bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the margarine, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 10 minutes or until the chocolate mixture cools to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Remove pan from ice. Spoon 1/2 cup chocolate mixture into a small bowl, and gently fold in whipped topping. Cover and chill chocolate-whipped topping mixture. Set aside the remaining chocolate mixture.

Step 3

Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with heavy-duty plastic wrap, allowing wrap to extend over edge of pan. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise. Arrange 9 ladyfinger halves lengthwise in 3 rows, rounded side down, in a single layer in bottom of pan. Brush 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier over ladyfingers in pan. Spread about 1/2 cup chocolate mixture over the ladyfinger layer. Repeat procedure 3 more times with the remaining ladyfingers, Grand Marnier, and chocolate mixture, ending with ladyfingers (1 ladyfinger half will be left over). Cover; chill for at least 8 hours.

Step 4

Uncover and invert the pan onto a serving platter; remove the plastic wrap. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve cake with chocolate-whipped topping mixture. Garnish each serving with an orange slice, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

iamjenny's Review

November 17, 2009
these are amazing my whole family loves them

Laurelaura's Review

January 15, 2009
My guests and I were unanimously unimpressed with this recipe. It looked kind of nice, but was very messy to serve, and was far too rich and sweet for any of our tastes. The whipped topping on the side was the clincher; none of us even used it more than one bite. The recipe itself was a bit confusing, and I don't ever want to try to cut ladyfingers lengthwise again.... maybe I was missing something, but it seemed to be far too much trouble for the results.