Sometimes, you have some leftover cake; sometimes, the cake you cooked failed. But in either case, if you have some cake, and want to make a nice dessert, think about a trifle. And of course, you could always just cook a cake planning to make it into a trifle.
I was first introduced to trifles when we were making a birthday cake for Jeff. It was an angel food cake, and for some reason, it didn’t cook right and we had what I thought was a mess, and time to start over. But Marlys said NO. She proceeded to cut the cake up into pieces and make a trifle from cake, whipped cream, and strawberries.
More recently, I have been experimenting with making Ding Dongs. After cutting out the cake circles, there is a lot of cake left over. So I decided to make a trifle. It is chocolate cake, vanilla pudding, strawberries and whip cream.
Basic Trifle Recipe
- 1 pre-made cake
- 2 packages of instant pudding (3.4 oz each)
- 2 lbs fresh fruit or thawed frozen fruit
- 3/4 cup whipped cream (see Creme Chantilly)
- 1/3 cup liquid (sherry wine or fruit juice or water)
- Prepare the pudding according to its directions.
- Mix the drained, prepared fruit with the liquid. Save a few pieces as garnish
- Cut the cake into cubes about 1 inch on a side.
- Place half the cake in the bottom of the trifle bowl.
- Drain and layer half the fruit on top of the cake layer.
- Top with half of the pudding mixture.
- Repeat layering with the rest of the cake, fruit, and pudding
- Top with the whipped cream, and garnish with the saved fruit.
- Chill well before serving
There are lots of combinations of cake flavors, pudding flavors and fruit that go together well. I have already mentioned angel food cake and strawberries; in that case, Marlys used more whipped cream for the pudding layer. And this trifle is chocolate cake, vanilla pudding and strawberries. Other ideas:
- Angel Food cake, mixed pineapple, mangoes, papaya, vanilla or lemon pudding and maybe shredded coconut as a garnish.
- Spice cake, apple pie filling and custard.
- white or chocolate cake, sliced bananas, vanilla or custard.
I am certain there are some cake and pudding flavors that would go well with blueberries; if you have a suggestion, please send a reply to this posting so others can see it.