Friday, April 12, 2013

Trifle - Springtime Joy...

 Springtime Trifle

An arrangement of Lemon, Raspberry, & Lime. 
These flavors together
suave the mouth with 
the gentle taste of refreshment.

Step 1: The Cake Base
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Measure sifted flour, baking powder, and salt; sift together three times.
In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar gradually, and continue beating only until meringue will hold up in soft peaks.
Cream butter. Add vanilla.  Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth.  Add meringue, and beat thoroughly into batter. Spread batter into 3  prepared 8 inch square or round pans  Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes.

Step 2: While cooling…
1 small package each of Jell-o gelatin: lemon, lime, raspberry
Dissolve each one in ½ cup hot water
Then add ¾ cup cold water to each
Using a large tined fork, or substitute, poke holes into cake..many holes.  Pour  one flavor Jell-o on one cake.  You will have 3 DIFFERENT flavored cakes.  Refrigerate until set,  about 2 hours.

Step 3:  Cream Layers
3 small  boxes vanilla instant pudding
1 small box of each Jell-o flavor: lemon, lime, raspberry
3 8oz  cool whip
For each flavor:
Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 C boiling water. Add 1/2 C cold water and let set up for 5 minutes. Using an electric mixer, beat dry pudding mix into the J-ello until well  blended. Refrigerate until set (about 15 minutes).  Fold in 1 8 oz cool whip.

Step 4: Preparing cakes
Cut cakes in about 1 inch cubes

Step 5: Putting it all together
After you have combined the cool whip with Jell-o mixture you are ready for layering.  You can do this any way you want, but the darker color in the middle works best.
Using the lemon cake, line the bottom of your trifle bowl or what dish you are using.  Top with lemon mixture.  Do the same for the raspberry layer.  However,  drizzle about 1/3 cup raspberry syrup over the raspberry mixture.  Finish with the lime layer.

This should set in fridge overnight for best results.  Store leftovers in fridge – if there are any!

OPTIONAL: top with additional cool whip and spring colored sprinkles on top.