Every year I try to set myself a goal of something new to try in the kitchen, like working with yeast breads. It was something that I used to be really afraid of, but over the last few years I have really been enjoying experimenting, and even have a few recipes on the blog.
I have decided that the next thing I want to learn is to make pretty layer cakes. I have never been good at frosting cakes, but I want to conquer a 3 layer beauty!
So where is my first attempt? Ummmm…. I haven’t tried yet. I swear I will though! It just feels hard to justify making a layer cake on a random weekend, they feel like they are intended for special occasions.
Until I find the time to practice a pretty cake, I will rely on this killer trifle to bring when I need a dessert to impress. Layers of chocolate cake, hot fudge, chocolate pudding, chocolate whipped cream and toffee pieces make for the most delicious dessert that is meant to be messy. no precise layers and crumb coats needed here!
1 chocolate fudge cake mix, prepared according to package directions
1 3.4 oz box cook & serve chocolate pudding, prepared according to package directions and cooled
11.75 oz jar hot fudge sauce
8 oz bag Heath bits
Chocolate Whipped Cream
1/2 pint whipped cream
3 T cocoa powder
4 T powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
To make the chocolate whipped cream, pour the cream into a stand mixer (can also use a hand mixer and a large bowl) and beat on high for one minute. Stop mixer and add the cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla. Turn mixer on high and beat until stiff peaks form.
To assemble trifle: layer the chocolate cake, hot fudge sauce (heated until a drizzling consistency) whipped cream, pudding and heath bits in a trifle dish or large bowl. Continue to layer until all ingredients have been used.
Can be served immediately or refrigerated.