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I Wish I'd Known About This When I Ruined My Little Brother's Cake

Here's how to turn a cake fail into a dessert so swanky, no one will suspect you messed up in the first place.

Joy's Prizewinning Trifle

Joy's Prizewinning Trifle

Photo by ahseya

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.

Strawberry 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.

Strawberry Trifle

Photo by LVITTITOW

Berry 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.

Berry Trifle

Photo by MELLYGIRL23

Chocolate Trifle

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?

Chocolate Trifle

Photo by Annie

 

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.

Check out more recipes for trifle. And heck, why not get to know its sexy Italian cousin, tiramisu?

About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).