Tasty Blackberry Trifle

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Fresh blackberries, enhanced by blackberry jam, complement the mild spices in this pumpkin cake trifle.

Tasty Blackberry Trifle

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Yield: 6 servings
Published: 07/28/2010

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups leftover pumpkin spice cake, cubed - see tip at right
  • 2 to 3 cups fresh or frozen/thawed blackberries
  • 1/4 cup jam or jelly
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ginger syrup or simple syrup
  • 1 cup dry pastry cream mix, prepared as directed on package, about 2 to 2 1/2 cups pastry cream; or use 1 box vanilla pudding, prepared as directed for pudding (not pie)
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Tips from our bakers

  • You can also make this with jam, eliminating the fresh fruit. To fill the dishes, use 2 to 3 tablespoons jam per trifle (3/4 to 1 cup of jam total), and increase the amount of cake cubes to 4 1/2 to 5 cups.
  • Use about 1/6 to ¼ of our Pumpkin Streusel Cake Mix, baked as directed; or our recipe for Pumpkin Mini Cakes, baked in a 9" x 9" pan and not iced.

Directions

1) Reserve some of the berries whole, for a garnish. Take the remaining berries, crush about one-quarter of them, slice the rest, and combine with the jam. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or so.

2) Sprinkle the cubes of cake with the syrup.

3) Layer the cake, pastry cream, and blackberries and/or jam in six small bowls or trifle dishes.

4) Refrigerate for several hours. Top with softly whipped cream; garnish with berries or a swirl of jam, and serve.

Yield: 6 individual trifles.

Reviews

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  • star rating 11/15/2012
  • Courtney from Grafton, MA
  • I've made these little trifles twice now and got rave review both times. I prepared them exactly as described in the recipe using the pumpkin mini cake recipe and pastry cream with a combination of fresh blackberries and jam. The ginger and pumpkin cake blend together so well and the cream and berries make the whole thing taste light and sweet. The trifles end up looking so fancy in the little individual trifle dishes, but they were so easy to prepare. Last Thanksgiving I prepared all the ingredients at home and assembled them when I arrived at my destination. I always make a few extra so I can enjoy them for a few days after! Making these again this Thanksgiving.
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