Consider making a trifle out of the cake. If you shaved off the burnt edges from the cake and notice the cake is too small, fix the cake and save it by making it into a trifle instead. Cut off the burnt edges of the cake if you haven't already and crumble it up into a bowl. In a tall glass, make a variety of layers such as one layer of chocolate pudding, another layer of the cake, one layer for walnuts, etc. Others won't notice the burnt cake and you'll end up with a new tasty dessert to enjoy. . Cover up the burnt flavor of your cake by adding a variety of cake toppings such as icing, frosting, ganache, vanilla glaze, fresh fruit, chocolate candies, gummies, sprinkles, and nuts to hide the burnt, dry flavor.. The cake slices like a fruit cake and keeps like a fruit cake. I am completely ignorant of English puddings. Is the only difference cooking style or is there a consistency difference? I am completely ignorant of English puddings..