I finally made a Trifle!
I’ve been obsessed with trifles for a long time. For years I would save cake scraps in the freezer (much to Ryan’s annoyance), just waiting for the day when I would use them in this amazing dessert. But I didn’t have a trifle dish, so that was my excuse. Then I finally got one, however, now the problem was that it would make so much and I hardly had an occasion to need such a large dessert. This thing feeds a crowd, but when we’d have a crowd over, I wouldn’t have time to make one. See the pattern here?
Last week I saw this post on the Post Punk Kitchen message boards, and I got inspired. I had a bunch of mini cupcake orders last week, so with each batch I made a little more than I needed and also recruited the less than perfect cupcakes that I wouldn’t want to serve. I had chocolate and banana pudding mixes in the cabinet, and a Soyatoo carton in the fridge. I layered vanilla cupcakes, chocolate pudding, chocolate cupcakes, banana pudding, velvet cupcakes (red velvet minus the food coloring), and then the Soyatoo, which I whipped with a tablespoon of vanilla extract. I topped the whole thing off with grated bittersweet chocolate.
I think this would have been even better with some fruit thrown into the mix, like strawberries or cherries. Next time I make a trifle I’ll plan ahead and take the time to make homemade pudding or custard. These puddings were okay, but I could really taste the soy in the chocolate pudding. I also didn’t have time to let the puddings chill as long as they should have, which would have helped with their flavor.
I have more trifle ideas (black forest!), and now that I’ve tackled one I’m really excited to make more. It’s a dessert that looks so impressive, and really isn’t too difficult to put together. Plus it makes a ton, so it would be great for the holidays. (There were three of us eating this last night and we didn’t even put a dent in it.) I think the key is making the cakes and puddings ahead of time. Assembling everything is really easy. Once I finally made this one, I couldn’t stop staring at it. Is there anything better than cake, pudding and whipped cream?! I can’t believe it took me so long to make one!