This is one of my favorite childhood desserts. If I remember correctly this recipe came from my 6th grade teacher. She made it for a class function and I loved it so much I asked her for the recipe. Then of course my sweet mom gave into my begging and made it and it became a family hit that was often made for dinner guests.
Not only is this Jimmy Carter Cake super rich and delicious, it’s also easy and quick to put together which is always nice! And while I rarely use boxed pudding (because we prefer the taste and healthiness of homemade) this is one recipe that I make an exception for! Although I’m sure with a bit of tweaking you could easily sub homemade pudding if you wanted.
Oh and as for the name? I have no idea why it’s called Jimmy Carter Cake other than I think that it was widely believed that President Carter liked peanuts. But I’ve heard that was actually a myth (the part about him liking peanuts). At any rate, that’s what this recipe is called and if you at all like peanut butter and chocolate then I’m pretty sure you’ll absolutely love this!
I’m all about saving time and being efficient in the kitchen. I mean really, who’s not? So when I discovered this Oven Ready Lasagna recipe soon after we first were married I was pretty delighted. I love that I can make a delicious lasagna and not have to fool with boiling the noodles. Plus it freezes well so I can make it ahead of time and pull it out to use as a meal for guests or for just “one of those days”.
I also wanted to point out that you don’t even have to use no-boil lasagna noodles for this recipe- that is unless you super funny about noodle texture. I almost always use the regular noodles and honestly can’t tell a bit of difference. But then while I’m funny about many things related to food, noodle texture is not one of them. So do whatever you think best!
Update: Reader Alex left this comment on my Facebook page. “Ok, i made this tonight for dinner! I didn’t notice, nor did my family, that the noodles weren’t boiled. Thanks, Lydia, i sure will be making it like this from now on!!!” So if you are on the fence as to which kind of noodles to use maybe that will help you.