The Show-stopping Trifle!

Wouldn’t you love to make a fabulous tasting and gorgeous dessert for Christmas dinner?  What if I told you that gorgeous dessert was easy and quick to make and doesn’t require any specific cake decorating skills – would you be interested?  The answer is, a trifle!

A trifle is a dessert that typically consists of cake (optional: cake is brushed with sherry, rum, or brandy) and topped with alternating layers of jam or fruit, custard or pudding, and whipped cream.

To make a trifle you choose the flavor of cake, custard or pudding, fruit or jam and any garnishes your heart desires.  Of course, I make my own cake and pudding but you certainly could purchase pre-made (check out the recipe index!).  A Trifle is out of the ordinary, beautiful and best of all, there is NO WAY you can go wrong!!

Let me give you a couple of suggestions for this show-stopping dessert for your Christmas table:
1)    Start out with the most beautiful glass trifle bowl or vessel you have.
2)    Choose complimentary flavors
3)    “Build” your trifle into beautiful layers 
Here’s how to build a Trifle:
1)  Cut your favorite flavor cake into about 1-1/2″ chunks.
2)  Place the cake pieces into the bottom of a decorative bowl.
3)  Brush the cake thoroughly with liquor of your choice or fruit juice or simple syrup*
4)  Spread the custard/pudding to edges to cover the cake by approx. 1″
5)  Spread or pipe whipped cream on top of previous layer
6)  Spread jam or fruit over whipped cream
7) Repeat as above ending with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, or fruit.

(*simple syrup – Bring to a boil equal amounts of sugar and water. Boil 2 minutes, cool.  Use simple syrup to brush on cake.)

Some of my favorites include:
1)    Chocolate cake (optionally brushed with Kirsch) with custard or chocolate pudding – using cherries and whipped cream.
2)    Lemon cake with lemon curd, fresh raspberries and whipped cream.
3)    Vanilla cake (optionally brushed with brandy) with strawberry jam, custard fresh strawberries and whipped cream. 
The flavor combinations are unending and the resulting fabulous dessert will be talked about for years to come!

About bakingway

Baker/Pastry Chef for over 25 years.

Posted on December 21, 2010, in Cakes, Pudding, Trifle and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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