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Red Velvet Trifle

February 24, 2014Danita

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Trifle – Turning Disaster into Delicious! 

Have you ever made a cake (or other dessert) and it just didn’t turn out right.  It was still going to taste great but for whatever reason it looked terrible?  Maybe it stuck to the pan, feel apart when you were trying to serve it or for some other reason it was a “visual disaster”.

That’s exactly what happened to us when we attempted to make a Red Velvet Cake (from scratch) for Valentine’s Weekend.  Both my daughter and I have made this cake many times.  But this time, here’s how it came out of the pan…or should I say didn’t come out? 

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It stuck!  Half the bottom was left behind as we turned it onto the cooling rack.  

If it had only been one layer we could have put it on the bottom and covered it up, but it wasn’t.  All three layer looked like this!  Now what?  This cake was supposed to go with us to church for a festive Valentine’s dessert.  

After a brief moment of disappointment (and mild panic) I remembered a story my mother-in-law once told me…. 

Many years ago they were at a friends house for dinner, I think with several people.  My mother-in-law was in the kitchen helping the hostess prepare to serve dessert (cake or pie…I can’t remember) As the hostess began to dish it up, she ran into a snag similar to ours.  Her dessert fell apart, but instead of “freaking out” she got out pretty glasses, layered the “ruined” dessert with ice cream or whipped cream into the glasses, served it with a smile and the rest of her guests never knew.  It tasted wonderful and looked beautiful!

Making individual servings wouldn’t work for us…but what about the same idea in a giant version? All we needed was some Cool Whip!

Here’s the Recipe:

  • Red Velvet Cake (homemade or cake mix)
  • Cool Whip – 16 oz
  • strawberries and blueberries for garnish
  • mini chocolate chips
  • trifle bowl or other large glass bowl

This idea can be done with any flavor cake…It can also be made “on purpose”.

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Cut cake into 1 inch squares

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Place in bottom of bowl

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Cover with Cool Whip

Sprinkle with chocolate chips (we didn’t do this but we will next time)

Continue to layer cake and Cool Whip, ending with Cool Whip

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Cut strawberries in half and arrange around the outer edge

Garnish center with blueberries and chocolate chips

Or make your own unique design

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Looked great…Tasted even better!

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What’s your best dessert “save”? 

This post linked to: Create, Link, Inspire, Let’s Get Real Friday Linkup, and Pin Me Link Party.

Red Velvet Trifle featured at: Super Saturday Afternoon Tea and The Makers Link Party

Red Velvet Trifle
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  1. Red Velvet Cake (homemade or cake mix)
  2. Cool Whip - 16 oz
  3. strawberries and blueberries for garnish
  4. mini chocolate chips
  5. trifle bowl or other large glass bowl
  1. Cut cake into 1 inch squares
  2. Place in bottom of bowl
  3. Cover with Cool Whip
  4. Sprinkle with chocolate chips
  5. Continue to layer cake and Cool Whip, ending with Cool Whip
  6. Cut strawberries in half and arrange around the outer edge
  7. Garnish center with blueberries and chocolate chips
  1. Any flavor cake could be used
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  • thehomesteadinghippy

    July 6, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Great looking dessert…and a great save! Thanks for linking up with Let’s Get Real.

  • monicapruett

    June 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    What an unbelievably gorgeous cake! Pinned.

  • Heather Bowen

    June 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I’m definitely adding this to our July 4th menu! It looks delicious. I love anything red velvet! Pinned!

  • Cathy Compeau

    March 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!
    Have a terrific week!

  • Diane Marie Haller

    March 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Thank you for bringing your trifle to Family Fun Friday! It is one of my features this week! Blessings to you!

    1. Danita

      March 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Thanks Diane!

  • Kathleen

    February 28, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Looks good and I will try it for sure

  • Jamie H

    February 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I’ve had that happen more times than I can count! I have no idea why, but my cakes are either perfect or they stick to the pan, and I swear I don’t do anything different! lol.
    In fact, I now make the cakes the day before, just in case!
    What a great idea to turn it into a trifle!
    Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes! I pinned your trifle, and I hope to see you back tonight or this weekend!

  • Farin

    February 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Ugh, reminds me of Christmas. Wish I had read this article earlier!

  • tumbleweedcontessa

    February 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend.


  • Corey @ tinysidekick

    February 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I love that you salvaged this yummy cake! It did look beautiful in the end and I’m sure it was delicious. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  • Blair Lonergan

    February 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Love this! Trifle is my favorite dessert, so combining it must be amazing (even if the cake isn’t perfect!).

  • Blair Lonergan

    February 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Love this! Trifle is one of my favorite desserts, and red velvet cake (burned or not!) is always delicious. Can’t wait to try this combination!

  • Ana Love Craft

    February 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Wow, this looks so delicious! just pinned it! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  • livingmommywood

    February 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Great share!

  • Linda Ursin

    February 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I’ve never had trifle, but that looks delicious 🙂

  • WUHS

    February 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    That looks delish! You did a great job turning around the story! Pinning.

  • Ruth Cartwright

    February 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Looks great – it’s wonderful what can come out of a mistake.

  • Rachel

    February 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I totally would have just thrown it away because I’m just not this creative…I love this idea! I may have to use it the next time I ruin something;) Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

    1. Danita

      February 24, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, pinning and the sweet comment! Hope you have a wonderful week.

  • dianeroark

    February 24, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I turned out great! You just thought you messed up. I pinned this! Thanks for stopping by and linking up at Saturday Dishes Cakes & Party ideas.
    Diane Roark

    1. Danita

      February 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Thanks Diane! I love Saturday Dishes…looking forward to next weeks theme. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  • Elaine

    February 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    This looks absolutely delicious. I may have to have a “disaster” so I can make this!

  • tikilon

    February 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The finished product looks awesome. I just pinned it to my food board to give it a try later.

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    February 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Great save here! I’ve had my cakes stick in the pan, too, and it’s awesome that you turned a recipe disaster into something absolutely scrumptious! Great creativity!

  • Sarah

    February 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    This is how I ended up making my first trifle. My biscuits did rise for Strawberry Shortcake so I turned into a trifle. Perfect!

    1. Danita

      February 24, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Strawberry Shortcake is one of my favorite desserts. I bet it would be great as a trifle! Thanks for stopping by

  • Nichole C

    February 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I hate when a recipe goes bad! But the finished product looks delish!

  • Risa

    February 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    What a great way to turn a mess into something beautiful!

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    February 24, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Haha I love your creativity – it takes a lot not to be disheartened when something goes wrong 🙂 this looks delish!

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