It all began with a Trifle Bowl… I got mine a while back from Pier 1, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use it. I’ve always liked parfait-style desserts because they look so beautiful in a glass bowl or in a wine glass. There are so many ways to make this type of dessert, but I sort of got inspired by seeing different recipes. One major inspiration for this dessert was an episode of Rachael Ray with Kate Hudson as a guest. Kate showed off her personal recipe for a similar Trifle cake. She used a Betty Crocker sponge cake, and what stood out was that she marinated her berries in wine to make a perfect “mom dessert.” So, I’ve been wanting to make a similar cake with wine added to it, and here is what I came up with:
- Cake mix of your choice (I used chocolate cake mix)
- 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 2 sticks (8 oz each) of butter (softened or melted in microwave)
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1-2 packages of strawberries
- 3-4 handfuls of other fruit (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- Whip cream
- 1 cup of walnuts (lightly toasted)
- 2 Piroulines (decoration)
- Small piece of chocolate to use for top shavings (decoration)
1. Find a pretty glass bowl – presentation is everything!
2. Make the strawberry cream
- Beat softened butter and cream cheese with a mixer for 3-5 min or until well-blended and thick;
- Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped/minced strawberries (I used a chopper similar to this one. The mixture will look like a thick sauce.);
- Put the cream in the fridge to cool off and thicken up.
3. Bake the cake layers
- Follow the instructions on the cake mix and bake two layers of cake;
- Now the fun part: Find a bowl slightly smaller than your cake stand. After your cake cools off, use the smaller bowl to cut out a circle from each cake layer (or do it manually).
- Now your cake layers will fit nicely inside your glass bowl!
4. Make the strawberry-wine sauce
- Chop finely 1 cup of strawberries (use the same technique as you did for the strawberry cream);
- Alternative version: you can also use raspberry preserves instead of fresh strawberries. Use a fork to mix 1/2 cup of raspberry preserves with warm water to make the sauce;
- Add the wine and mix in!
5. Toast some walnuts in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. (This is optional, but it tastes better this way.)
6. Create your cake masterpiece! (The key is not to worry about being too precise)
- Place one cake circle into your glass bowl;
- Pour have of your strawberry-wine sauce on top;
- Drop a few large spoonfuls/dollops of strawberry cream sauce like big polka dots (don’t have to spread it evenly);
- Add a handful of different fruit (chop the strawberries into smaller chunks);
- Add a layer of walnuts;
- Add a layer of whip cream;
- Repeat the layers one more time;
- Add just a few fruit pieces/nuts on top;
- Use a vegetable peeler or grater to get some shavings from a chocolate bar;
- Decorate with 2 Piroulines sticks (or you can put a cherry on top if you want).
Put this in a fridge for an hour, and then invite some people over to wow them with your irresistible dessert.