Chocolate Sponge, Strawberries, Vanilla Sponge, and Blueberry Trifle
This wasn’t the dessert I set out to make. It’s not even in the same category of desserts I was considering. But, it’s what I served after two consecutive cake fails. Here’s how I got there.
We invited friends over for an evening of chili and cards. This is a terrific combination of good comfort food and a friendly game of Spades. Being me, I wanted to prepare a delicious cake.
After baking a scrumptious vanilla sponge for the top of the wedding cake (blogged here) but not quite getting the texture right…I decided to tackle it again. I followed this new recipe almost exactly as written. Side note: I’ve been exploring recipes for a White Vanilla Cake that has a deeper flavor than the one I’ve been using for three years.
The results were even worse than before!
“Well, that won’t do. Our friends are coming over in a few hours.”
I decided to bake my favorite go-to chocolate cupcakes. They are never-fail. Until this time. They blew up and over the sides of the cupcake liners and dripped onto the oven.
Seriously, I didn’t know what happened. So I simply stood in my quiet kitchen reviewing everything that I had done during baking…
- were all the ingredients included
- was the oven at the correct temperature
- what have I missed
As I stood there, I noticed the empty flour bag sitting in a bowl collecting the egg shells and other baking detritus… and I looked at the bag…really looked at it. And there it was… “self-rising flour.”
At the store, carrying it into the house, placing it in the pantry, and filling up my flour container in the kitchen because I didn’t have enough flour to bake the vanilla sponge – I never read the label. What a lesson! It was a relief to understand how I had two major cake fails back to back.
I still need dessert! With delicious sponge and fresh fruit in the house, I decided on the trifle. Techniquely, the sponge in a trifle is usually soaked with booze, but you know that’s not my speed.
The filling on a trifle can be whatever the baker decides. For this dessert, I used a combination of Vanilla Buttercream and Heavy Whipped Cream. Next time, I think I’ll choose either pudding or only whipped cream. Including the buttercream in this layering was a little too much sweet for me.
Blueberries on the very top added an amazing bite of freshness.
I am now in love with this dessert as a favorite option when little bits of this and that are left over from other projects. And, I don’t see myself being limited to vanilla and chocolate… what about a spice cake with apple chunks and butterscotch pudding? Yum!
I had six matching, recycled jars in the pantry because I kept telling myself, “they’ll come in handy one day.” Bingo!
I love my life partner husband and our card-playing ways.
I love that our people love playing cards with us and our new people are willing to learn.
I’m grateful for sobriety and the life it lets me live.