Friday, May 7, 2010


I was recently asked to make desserts for an old friend's fiftieth birthday party.  I knew it was going to be an outdoor event and I knew I wanted it to be a festive dish.  I thought I would make a nice red velvet layer cake and so I baked the cake.  While the cake was in the oven I decided to change the plan and turn the cake into a trifle.

Trifle always looks great, it is easy to transport and serve and usually a crowd pleaser.  Trifle traditionally has a few key ingredients which can be combined in different flavors and embellished.  This recipe is the concoction I came up with.

Red Velvet Black Forest Trifle

1 prepared red velvet cake
2 large containers of frozen whipped topping [thawed]
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup chocolate chunks or chips
1/2 cup Kilhua 
1/2 cup chocolate syrup

Tear cooled cake into pieces. Place a handful of cake pieces in the bottom of a 4 quart bowl.  Drizzle 1/2 of the Kilhua over the cake.  Spread 1/3 can of cherries.  Sprinkle 1/3 cup chocolate chunks.  Drizzle 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup.  Spread 1/2 container whipped topping.  Repeat for three layers finishing with whipped topping for the final layer.  Refrigerate.

"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! "
lucy van pelt


  1. Hey - I'm NOT old... although after spending two days with the trifle on my lap eating out of the bowl with a spoon, I am a bit plumper than before. This was an absolute award winner!!

  2. It was AWESOME!