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White Chocolate Stawberry Trifle with Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

In Trifles on July 9, 2011 at 6:39 am

My twin brother holds the running title of ‘most uneducated food critic’ in our house. It’s not that he doesn’t try everything, because he does. But clearly his food-rating scale is a little off kilter at times… When the family rates something a 7 out of 10, Ryan is rating a 4.  With him, I find myself hoping for a 5. It’s quite frustrating, too, to  have someone who’s so close to me not fully appreciating all the work and effort that goes into just one step. In this case I had 8, check it out:

Right as I was finishing the last of the pictures, as always, Ryan snagged the plate to try some. He sat at the table and with the flick of his fork he said, it’s a ten. Man, let me tell you, that fork sent me flying. Hours, days, years of life, work, and sweat were devoted to getting that kid to say those three words about dessert. He said that the flavors all complimented eachother nicely. I think I felt the most proud because I didn’t use a recipe for the trifle. I made a flavor palate that I thought would suit my family and use up the fruit I knew wouldn’t be used for a week.  My used-to-be-flawed critic loved it and so did the rest of my family. And that’s how a fork sent me flying.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Instead of going with a lemon poppy seed pound cake, I went with the muffins so that the Trifle wouldn’t become too sweet! And I’m so glad I did! I used my favorite kind of lemon poppy seed muffins! I made a few changes, though. Juiced an entire lemon instead of a mere 1 1/2 teaspoons. I also used sour cream instead of greek yogurt. The muffins came out perfect!

Also make the topping, and use it as garnish on the top of the trifle!

When the muffins come out, allow to cool. *Do not start assembling trifle until prepared to serve, with everything made and prepared to go* When ready, you’ll first rip or cut the muffins into pieces, and sprinkle along the entire bottom of the glass.

Cool White Chocolate

I threw this recipe together and honestly didn’t really think to measure anything, but here’s the ingredients about how much I think I put it. I melted 5 blocks of White Chocolate Almond Bark then added about 3/4- 1 cup powdered sugar and stirred with a hand mixer until the bowl filled with small snowball-looking balls. Next I added about 1 tablespoon- don’t skimp- of pure vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons butter, then mix in about 1/2 cup sour cream.

When ready, glop this with a spoon over the muffins. Again, do not start until everything has been prepared.


Here’s where you’re making up for all that sweetness that’s already gone into the Trifle. Strawberries are naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add much to them. I threw about 13 good-sized cut-up strawberries into a saucepan on medium-high heat and tossed them with about 1 – 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Spoon the strawberries over the White Chocolate mixture, you can spoon a little of the juice on top of the strawberries, but it doesn’t look the best for presentation if all the juice is at the bottom. Plus it will taste soggy much faster. Reserve strawberry juice for topping/plating.


Right about now, I was super tired. I’d just baked muffins, and been cleaning up the kitchen, there were more dishes to do and I was remembering how bad I needed to jog. Which is why, I used packaged tapioca. The kind that you make on the stove. But I’m condemned. I didn’t realize that then, now I do. Whenever I make something from a package, it doesn’t seem to go right. Luckily, I saved the tapioca that was burning on my stove and it still tasted just as good. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not homemade, but it was a major star of the dish. 

Strawberry Meringue

Here I wanted something that wasn’t artificial flavors like the recipes online. So I went for it. I went with: 1/2 cup egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, and the juice from about 6 strawberries. I mixed the egg whites until frothy then added the cream of tartar, powdered sugar, then the juice. Don’t over mix, only mix until peaks form, then turn off straight away. Bake in a 250F oven for about 1 hr. Then, 30 minutes in, flip the sheet so the back faces the front. Since I’m impatient, I allowed mine to cool for about 10 minutes. The middle didn’t seem to work as well as the outsides, but then again, I didn’t expect them to! Honestly, throwing in so much extra liquid, I was happy it worked at all. Plus, it tasted delish! You can’t skip out on this step.

When ready, break into pieces and lay in elaborate ways on top of the strawberries. It looks cool when you slant them on the walls of the trifle dish so that you can see what’s underneath the layer! Save a few to garnish the top with later!

No more baking!

Now that you’ve spent all those hours making things, it’s time to throw it together! Just keep layering the trifle! I only did it once, then added more muffin, strawberries on top of that *along with about half their juice*, and the muffin lemon topping. I’m not going to lie, this is one of the longer recipes. But it’s one you can’t miss out on!


Saturdays and Triple Chocolate Trifles

In Trifles on January 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

Today was an awesome Saturday. It was mostly just Nick and I at home- leading to a very productive day, if I might add. We kicked back and played some Starwars Legos on the game cube, had Lunch, made something we now call Triple Chocolate Trifle, blew bubbles, did dishes, and in between I found some time to study. 


  He roughed it through the freezing weather

To blow bubbles.                                                      

Then we made a Triple Chcolate Trifle!

Nick is actually the one person I almost never mind baking with. He makes me laugh, loves helping, and gets me to clean up after myself. -Seriously. A fourth child who hates messes can be very assertive.

Assertive- voicing an opinion/feeling while taking into consideration the other person’s feelings. (Who says I can’t walk on the treadmill, blog, and study for my health final at the same time?)

Making our chocolate cake and chocolate layers!


What’s our one secret ingredient that made this cake the moistest chocolate cake I’ve ever had?


Our finished product and the ending to an awesome day:

If you want something done, you’d better do it yourself…

Thoughts- the cakes was super moist and really delicious! I was afraid I’d taste the mayo, but even in the batter I had no clue it was there!
Tips- Measure the size of your Trifle container with the size of your pans. I did so as to not waste batter, leaving enough batter to make cupcakes instead of having a bunch of scraps of cake!

Triple Chocolate Trifle
Adapted cake recipe from Serious Eats blog
Chocolate Frosting adapted from Hersey’s Cocoa

3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup of maynnaise, I used Hellman’s Mayonnaise
2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon, slightly heaping, salt
1 1/4 cups of warm water

Preheat 350F
Beat together eggs and sugar together on medium-high for 5-6 minutes
Continue beating, lower to medium speed, add vanilla and mayo
Lower to a slow-speed setting and add your dry ingredients, beat until incorporated
Now add water slowly, and beat until incorporated
Bake cakes anywhere around 25- 40 minutes. (Mine came out at all different time since they were different sizes. Every time one wasn’t done I baked it for another 5-10 minutes and check again with a tookpick. Don’t overbake!!!)

Hersey’s Chocolate Buttercream, slightly adapted
1 stick of butter
2/3 cup of cocoa powder
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Split 1/3 cup evenly between milk and heavy whipping cream
Chocolate Pudding
(Due to all the other things we had to do tonight, I used one package of chocolate pudding tonight for one of the layers. Use any chocolate pudding mix you have on hand or make your own which is really simple! In effortts to make this triple chocolate dessert slightly healthier we followed the directions we mixed the pudding package with skim milk and it worked just as well!)
Use a

Slightly beat the butter into the powdered sugar
Add all the other ingredients * and then mix on high until all incororated and creamy
*Picture above

 Assembling the cake: Cut the width of your cakes in the middle so that you end up with four half cakes instead of two full layers. -Depending on the size of your trifle glass you may have one or two layers left over.- Slide the first smallest layer down to the bottom then layer with chocolate frosting, then the pudding, then layer on the next bigger sized cake. Repeat this process until you’re 1/4 of an inch away from the top. Top with whipping cream or whipped cream- whichever you have on hand is find. Sift a little cocoa powder for looks on top (optional)

Wow, while writing this post I’ve walked 4.2 miles on the treadmill! I’ve gotta do this more often!!- Happy Saturday, I’ll be taking finals Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so I’ll probably be cramming instead of blogging. Wish me luck!!