The diplomat comes from England and uses cake leftovers. It can vary a lot according to the moment’s inspiration. It is best presented into a stemmed glass see-through dish [round or deep] such as a very large ‘Martini on ice’ glass. A diplomate dish can be bought in stores.
Servings: 6 to 8

1 pound cake
Jam [strawberry, raspberry or other]
1 to 2 ounces [30 to 60 mL] liquor such as Brandy, Cognac, Grand Marnier... [optional]
Berries or fruit pieces such as strawberries, raspberries, banana slices...
1 [3 1/2-ounce / 100-g] pack vanilla pudding
Freshly whipped cream or whipped topping
Berries, tiny fruit pieces or chocolate chips, to decorate

Slice cake into 1-inch [2.5-cm] thick slices.
Arrange over the bottom of a deep glass dish.
Spread some jam over cake slices, making sure to go all the way to the side of the dish so that the color of the jam is visible from the outside of the dish.
If desired, sprinkle with a little liquor.
Top with berries or fruit pieces, making sure once more that all layers are visible from the outside of the dish.
Prepare vanilla pudding following package directions; evenly spread all over berries or fruit pieces.
If desired, whip cream until stiff peaks form; top pudding with whipped cream, or whipped topping.
Decorate to taste, with more berries or tiny [or they will be too heavy] fruit pieces, or with chocolate chips.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, no longer than a few days, really cold.