An edible gift idea for this festive season.
Trifles are a great dessert to make for the home cook who is short on time and energy this festive season.
Even if you are a novice in the kitchen, you can pull off this simple recipe for a cream cheese chocolate cherry trifle and present it as a pretty Christmas gift.
The cream cheese gives a sturdy texture to the whipped cream and provides a tangy contrast to the sweetness of the cake and Almond Roca.
I chose dark cherries as I have a soft spot for kirsch, a cherry liqueur. You can substitute the cherries with canned peach, which would go better with Cointreau than kirsch.
You will need two 750ml jars. For safety reasons, I don’t recommend keeping this trifle for more than two days.
- 110g Almond Roca
- 1 can of dark sweet cherries, pitted (435g)
- 2 tbsp kirsch
- 350g chocolate cake
- 250g cream cheese, cut into large cubes
- 300ml whipping cream
- 10g icing sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
1. Chop Almond Roca coarsely and set it aside.
2. Open can of dark sweet cherries. Reserve 80ml of heavy syrup from the can.
3. Place dark cherries in a bowl and add in kirsch. Set aside.
4. Cut chocolate cake into 3.5cm cubes. Set aside.
5. Place the cream cheese in a clean dry mixing bowl. Use a cake mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Set aside.
6. In another clean dry mixing bowl, add in the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence. Whisk at low speed for a minute, then increase the speed. Whisk until soft peaks form.
7. Add in cream cheese to that and continue whisking for one to two minutes until stiff peaks form.
8. To assemble, spoon three tablespoons of the whipped cream into the jar. Place four pieces of chocolate cake. Splash two teaspoons of syrup over the cake. Add four or five cherries.
9. Sprinkle one teaspoon of the chopped Almond Roca.
10. Cover with three tablespoons of whipped cream. Repeat the layer of chocolate cake with syrup, cherries and Almond Roca.
11. Top off with a layer of whipped cream and sprinkle on Almond Roca. Add one or two cherries for garnish. Seal jar tight and refrigerate overnight.
12. Do the same with the other jar.
13. Serve when ready to eat.
A version of this story first appeared in The New Paper on December 21, 2017 with the headline, ‘Make a cream cheese chocolate cherry trifle this festive season’.