It’s summertime and the temperatures are continuously warm, so like most of you, I try and keep my oven off as much as possible. I created a dessert that is not only delicious, but there’s no baking involved because you make it with a store-bought Angel Food Cake. Angel Food Cake is made up of mostly egg whites and a little flour, so it’s enjoyably spongy and it absorbs fruit juices and cream nicely. I do have a recipe for Angel Food Cake on my blog if you are interested in baking your own from scratch. Baking an Angel Food Cake is not difficult, I just wanted to keep in cool and simple for summer.
What makes this dessert so special, it that this summertime Trifle is lighter than Strawberry Shortcake, but has all the same amazing flavors, and there’s no baking involved. It wouldn’t be summer without enjoying a few pints of fresh strawberries, and what better way to utilize these gems than in an easy-to-prepare dessert.
This trifle recipe is all about layering fresh strawberries, slices of cake and some freshly whipped vanilla cream. I decided to add a chocolaty touch with a few dipped strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate around the top for an exquisite presentation. This dessert will please all palates, even the chocolate lovers in your family.
6 pints of sliced strawberries, leave 5 whole
1/3 cup sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 angel food cakes, grocery store or homemade
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla paste, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1. In a large bowl, add sliced strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Lightly mash half the berries, leaving the rest sliced. Let mixture sit on counter to macerate (soak) for 20 minutes.
2. In a stand mixer or large bowl, whisk together cream and vanilla paste, until soft peaks. Cut Angel Food Cake into 1-inch slices and place 1/3 of cake into a 6-quart clear bowl.
3. Spoon a third of berries and juices on top of cake layer and top with a third of whipped cream.
4. Repeat layering two more times, ending with whipped cream on top. Place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 45 seconds. Stir chocolate until smooth. Dip remaining whole strawberries into chocolate and place in center of trifle. Drizzle remaining chocolate over top and refrigerate until ready to serve, Enjoy!