It’s summertime and the temperatures are always warm and like most of you, I try and keep my oven off as much as possible. So with that in mind, I created a dessert that is not only delightful, but there’s no baking involved because you can make it with a store-bought Angel Food Cake. How does that sound?
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. It’s not that baking this cake is difficult, I just wanted to keep in cool and simple.
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 even nicer presentation and to add a touch of chocolate to the mix.
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 tablespoons vanilla paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract + 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1. In a large bowl, add strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Lightly mash a half berries and 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. If you need to add a few seconds to melt chocolate a little more, go ahead just be careful not to burn it. Dip remaining whole strawberries into chocolate and place in center of trifle. Drizzle remaining chocolate over top and refrigerate until ready to serve, Enjoy!