Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Amazing Black Forest Trifle

When I come across blog posts with desserts that look amazing, I store the recipe in an email folder. This weekend I was perusing the folder and decided upon this recipe. Sure, it might not be cherry season. Sure, I had to wait 5 minutes for the helpful Whole Foods worker to find a jar of sour cherries in the stock room. Sure, I couldn't open the jar when I got home and had to wait for my friend to arrive to open it. But man, oh man was all of it worth it!

There were a few lucky coworkers who got to sample this divine creation. Their reviews are in: "Tastes so good! Could be used for a fancy dinner party." "Wowzers!" "This is so professional. Are you sure you didn't buy it and put it in the glass? No? Well then, will you marry me?" "I will salute you and this dessert by naming my first born after you...even if it is a boy."

So what are you waiting for? Cherry season? Tsk tsk. Go make this dessert now!
Black Forest Trifle (found on sophistimom.com)
1 pound tart cherries (I used a jar of sour cherries instead)
3 tablespoons sugar
chocolate buttermilk cake or your favorite chocolate cake or brownies (I used the never fail Super Natural Brownies recipe)
almond whipped cream (recipe follows)

1. Mix cherries with sugar and let sit for several hours, or until the cherries become juicy. Cut cake or brownies into thick slices and layer in the bottom of a large trifle dish or 4 individual dishes. Pour on some of the cherries with their juices and top with almond whipped cream. Repeat the three layers.
2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving for the best flavor.

Almond Whipped Cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 cups heavy cream

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract with an electric mixer. Beat until smooth. Add in heavy cream, incorporating a little at a time to prevent splattering. When all the cream has been added, turn the mixer to high, and beat until soft peaks form.
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  1. this is definately fancy:) black forest trifle sounds so good right now. thanks for sharing.

  2. Looks delicious. I love Cherries and Chocolate together, one of my absolute favourite combinations. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I am always happy to meet fellow bloggers. (BTW, your pictures are perfect!)

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  4. Thanks for everyone's comments.
    Allison - whaddya know! Tastspotting accepted a photo. (Foodgawker rejected...) Ah well.
    Mateja - Aw! Thanks!

  5. Oooh, this looks fantatic. I love black forest cake. An dthat whipped cream sounds awesome!

  6. Looks gorgeous! I've never tried almond whipped cream before. Must be something absolutely irresistible! I'd try to add a few drops of Kirsch to the cherries, what do you think?..

  7. I'm not really a trifle person, but this one really looks great, I'd love to try it.
    Have a great weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH

  8. Looks really really delicious, and I am sure it tastes even better

  9. Here’s how much I know about baking. I thought you spelled “truffle” wrong & “trifle” was that tower in Paris.

    Just like all the other stuff you bake, this looks yummy!!

    All the best,


  10. Ok, I feel like a good little squirrel because I LOVE sour cherries and when it is the season I spend hours pitting the little buggers and stick them in the freezer. They live happily till it's cherry season again. I use them for everything (including drinks). I also get my cherry fix year round with sour cherry juice at WF... so good! That said... great dessert and I can't wait to try this recipe!

  11. Black Forest Trifle, nice, this is going to be the perfect dessert for my Valentine's dinner next weekend, thanks so much for sharing. Love that dish you are serving in by the way. Really shows the trifle off.

  12. Lostpast - Ooo! That's a great idea for storing cherries!
    Coupons - Thanks for stopping by. I figured this would be good for Valentine's Day too...I just need someone to share it with. *sob* ;)

  13. Love your new header. Your black forest trifles is such a great dessert for a romantic dinner.

    Valentine's Day in NY plus this lovely dessert...you must be been having a date. Are you keeping these info as a secret?...*giggles*

  14. Zoe! Shame on you starting to spread rumors. lol Nope. I'll be enjoying a lonely hearts day on Feb 14. (But I have to agree, this recipe is PERFECT for Valentine's Day.)

  15. Thanks for a great post


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