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When Life Gives You Lemons, You Make a Trifle?

Turning a Baking Disaster into a Trifle

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Basic Trifle Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

Basic Trifle

Basic Trifle Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Ok, I know that “when life gives you lemons…” you should “make lemonade.” Well, let me just tell you, last Saturday’s baking experiences were certainly making it a lemon of a day.

Let’s begin with the weather. There was tons and tons of rain along with plenty-of lightning. I though it was only pie crusts that shouldn’t be made on a rainy day. Maybe that goes for cakes, too. Anyway… I planned to make a Swiss Roll a.k.a. Roulade a.k.a. Jelly Roll Cake for a dinner party that evening. The first cake batter I put together never even made it into the pan. It was a new recipe, and I couldn’t get the batter thin enough. It went into the trash. The next cake I made didn’t make it out of the pan properly. With jelly rolls, you turn the warm baked cake out onto a dish towel that’s been sprinkle with sugar. Well, as the cake was leaving the pan, half of it stuck to the parchment left in the pan and the other made it to the dish towel. If it were in even halves, I could have fixed it. But no… it was some here and some there that made it to the towel. I almost threw that cake out, too. Instead, I got the remaining cake onto the towel, and took my dog for a walk in the pouring rain.

While, on my walk I started of thinking, “what could I do with the cake?” It still tasted good; it just looked horrible. Plus, my original plan was to make my jelly roll cake with lots of whipped cream and strawberries. Then, it occurred to me, “Why not make a Trifle?" The only thing I wanted for another layer was vanilla pudding. Truthfully, I was way past the point of wanting to make anything else from scratch, so luckily, I was able to find a pudding mix in my pantry.

I whipped my cream and made my pudding. I tore pieces of my cake and put them in the bottom of my trifle (inverted glass cake container) dish. Next came the pudding layer. Then, half the whipped cream and more cake. Topped it with more whipped cream and sliced strawberries on the top.

Everyone raved about my Trifle at the dinner party. I found out that appently people don’t make real whipped cream anymore. Add that fact with the tasty chocolate cake and fresh strawberries, and I ended up with a winning dessert.
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