For my birthday I didn’t want the usual cake with the typical bunch of candles. I wanted something where everyone could blow out a candle. I find that moment of attention where everyone is waiting for you to attempt to blow out a ton of candles while your probably spitting all over the cake… awkward.
So, I decided to make individual trifles, a staple in the British dessert arena and in keeping with my birthday theme. I remember vividly the first time I ate trifle. It was a Marks & Spencer’s individual trifle cup and to this day it is still the best trifle I have ever had.
This is how I made my own variation.
First, keep in mind that these are American British trifles. Other than the fruit every other ingredient, especially the custard, is different in America. Still good though (plus, other than me, who’s going to know?!)
I did this over three days so I spent a minimal amount of time each night on it.
Makes 12 glass goblets
1st layer: 3 days out - Fruit mix: Cut the fruit and sprinkle with sugar a couple days ahead of time and refrigerate in Tupperware. I used Strawberries and blueberries. Raspberries would have been awesome they are super expensive.
2nd layer: 2 days out – Custard. In America this is just vanilla pudding. I used instant vanilla pudding and one packet was good for one layer with ¼ cup in each goblet. Go ahead and make this ahead of time. It keeps well.
3rd layer: 3 days out -Bake a cake, homemade or from a mix, and let it cool completely (overnight is good).
2 days out – Remove the hard crusts and crumble the soft inside of the cake in large chunks. If you are making a large trifle you can just cut the cake to fit.
I then covered and let sit overnight. To keep cake soft make sure it’s sealed tightly.
4th layer: Custard
5th layer: Fruit
6th layer: Immediately - Whipped cream. The closest to authentic is heavy whipped cream.
NOTE: The cream will fall flat in minutes but cool whip is totally the wrong taste. So, put the whipped cream on at the last minute.
|Ansell stopped me right after this picture to tell me about the whipped cream falling. So learned that lesson the hard way.|
You can layer fruit, custard, and cake as much as you want. A basic trifle is simply fruit, custard, cake, cream with one layer of each. If you do layer don’t make the layers too thick. The beauty of trifle is you should be able to get a bit of each layer in each bite.
A big strawberry and candle is the finishing touch.