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Mini Blackberry Trifles

blackberry trifle

I bought an angel food cake at the grocery store a while back, and it has just been hanging out in my freezer waiting to be used for something. One of my favourite, super easy desserts to have is angel food cake with berries and whipped cream. I decided to make it a teensy bit fancier this time around though and turn it into a trifle. This was really one of the easiest desserts that I have ever made (no baking!), and it turned out light and delicious. It took about 15 minutes to make, and they look adorable so they would be perfect for company.

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These trifles start out with cubed angel food cake that I then added just a splash of Kahlua to for some added moisture and flavour, but you could skip the Kahlua if you aren’t a fan. I topped them with a sweetened blackberry whipped cream, a layer of crushed white chocolate-covered pretzels and fresh blackberries followed by another layer of the whipped cream. These are seriously so good, and you could make these into a large trifle or in any size dish you like. I stood at Target for a good 15 minutes staring at the jars this morning because there are so many different sizes. I must have picked up 3 different sized jars and carried them back to the first level to check out, only to change my mind and go back to the jar section to debate some more. I ended up going with little 8 oz. jars, and this recipe made 8 trifles. 

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Mini Blackberry Trifles
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 packages fresh blackberries (about 2 cups)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
1/2 cup white chocolate-covered pretzels, crushed, plus extra whole pretzels for garnish (you can use regular pretzels if you can’t find the chocolate ones)
1 store bought angel food cake, cut into 1″ cubes

Combine the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes).

whipped cream

Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush one package of the blackberries in a bowl.

Fold the crushed blackberries into the whipped cream with a spatula.

berry cream

Combine the remaining package of blackberries in a bowl with the lemon zest and sugar. Toss together and let sit until the sugar is dissolved.

berries

Assemble your trifle by placing 3 – 4 cubes of angel food cake in the bottom of each jar (more or less depending on what size dish you are using).

cake

Add a splash of the Kahlua to the cake at the bottom of each trifle.

Top with a couple spoonfuls of the whipped cream (about 2 Tablespoons).

Top with a layer of the crushed pretzels.

pretzel layer

Add a layer of the fresh blackberries with lemon zest.

berry trifle

Top with an additional spoonful of the whipped cream and garnish with a fresh blackberry and a chocolate-covered pretzel.

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blackberry trifle spoonful

Mini Blackberry Trifles
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 packages fresh blackberries (about 2 cups)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
  • ½ cup white chocolate-covered pretzels, crushed, plus extra whole pretzels for garnish (you can use regular pretzels if you can't find the chocolate ones)
  • 1 store bought angel food cake, cut into 1" cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes).
  2. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush one package of the blackberries in a bowl.
  3. Fold the crushed blackberries into the whipped cream with a spatula.
  4. Combine the remaining package of blackberries in a bowl with the lemon zest and sugar. Toss together and let sit until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Assemble your trifle by placing 3 - 4 cubes of angel food cake in the bottom of each jar (more or less depending on what size dish you are using). I used 8, 8 oz jars.
  6. Add a splash of the Kahlua to the cake at the bottom of each trifle.
  7. Top with a couple spoonfuls of the whipped cream (about 2 Tablespoons).
  8. Top with a layer of the crushed pretzels.
  9. Add a layer of the fresh blackberries with lemon zest.
  10. Top with an additional spoonful of the whipped cream and garnish with a fresh blackberry and a chocolate-covered pretzel.

 

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