Here's how to turn a cake fail into a dessert so swanky, no one will suspect you messed up in the first place.
A birthday cake I baked in middle school still haunts me. It clung to the baking pan like a barnacle, and when it finally came loose in chunks, no amount of frosting was going to right that wrong. But if I knew then what I know now, I would have turned that cake wreck into a gorgeous dessert the English call a trifle.
To make a trifle, simply layer pieces of cake with your choice of pudding, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate, or nuts. You can also brush the cake layers with flavored liqueur for extra oomph. Play with the ingredients all you want, because you are the boss of your trifle.
You can get creative with presentation, too. Make a big bowl of trifle as a show-stopping centerpiece, or layer it in glasses for party-ready servings.
Using chocolate brownies instead of cake takes this next version into serious decadence. If someone presented this to you for your birthday cake, you'd be happy, right?
You don’t have to trash a cake to make a trifle. But it’s good to know you’ve got backup just in case.
I'm just happy to know that brothers and cake fails can be very forgiving.