Trifles are the SIMPLEST layered dessert that you could ever make. Choose a glass vessel so that each layer can be ooohh'd and aahhh'd over. You can always buy a trifle bowl but a mason jar will do - and the 8 ounce mason jars are perfect for individual desserts! The best part is that you can place the lid on these babies and take them with you... for lunch at work, on picnics or day trips, or I guess if you're a good friend you can give them as gifts.
So, here's what you need to make a trifle:
- Cake - such as: pound cake, angel food cake, white cake. I used a white cake recipe that I added bit of food color and replaced the "liquid" in the recipe with champagne.
- Whipped cream - from a can, tub, or make your own. When you make your own whipped cream, here's my little secret... I use a small amount of vanilla pudding mix to flavor and most importantly to "stabilize" homemade whipped cream... this allows for the whipped cream to keep its shape when piped.
- Fresh fruit - i.e. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, etc.
- Fruit coulis - this is basically fruit simmered with some lemon juice and sugar. A bit too complicated? Well, you can heat and dilute jam or jelly with lemon juice (or liqueur) to a consistency that you can pour.
- Mason jar - the 8 ounce size is best for individual desserts.
- Use liqueurs to brush on the cake layers for a boozy trifle.