Recipe: Black Forest Trifle
My mother has been making these trifles for years now. Traditionally, they have been made and served in a homemade glass bowl cut from the bottom of a gallon wine bottle. The first truffle I remember was created for a Summer Solstice Party I went to for the Hastings County Druid Society in June, 1978. This particular recipe was developed for a net.goth Winter Solstice Party in December, 1996.
Black Forest Trifle
Chocolate (angel food) chiffon cake, or chocolate cake of any kind (pre-baked)
Chocolate instant pudding
Milk (for the pudding)
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 package of whipped topping (eg. Dream Whip or Cool Whip)
marischino cherries (if desired)
Kirsch or cherry schnaaps
Jell-O Berry Black jelly powder
cocoa powder or powdered chocolate
- Prepare the Jell-O Berry Black jelly powder using a little less water than called for on the package. For example, if the package calls for 2 cups of water, use only 1.5 cups. This is to make the jelly a little stiffer than normal. Pour into a square cake pan to set. When set, cut the jelly into small (1-inch) cubes.
- Cut the cake into small (1-inch) cubes.
- Sprinkle Kirsch or schnaaps on the cake.
- Fill the bottom of the bowl with a layer of cake.
- Layer on half the pie filling.
- Add a layer of jelly cubes.
- Repeat layers.
- Top with last third of cake cubes.
- Cover with a thick layer of topping.
- Decorate with chocolate curls, or a sprinkling of cocoa, and marischino cherries.
Jell-O Berry Black is the only brand of black-coloured jelly powder currently available.
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