Black Forest trifle


Want a decadent dessert that looks impressive?

I use approx half of a basic chocolate cake for this recipe, you can use any chocolate cake or brownie for the base.


chocolate cake for base

2-3 tbs cherry brandy

1 jar morello cherries

2 tsp cornflour

1 tbs sugar

200 g good quality dark cooking chocolate

20 g unsalted butter

3 eggs separated

1 tbs sugar

1 cup cream

2 cups cream extra whipped with 1 tbs icing sugar

grated to chocolate to decorate


Crumble cake roughly and place in the bottom of a large glass bowl or individual glasses.

pour cherry brandy over cake

Cherry mixture

pour cherries and syrup into small saucepan.  Mix cornflour with enough of the syrup to make a thin paste.  Pour cornflour into saucepan, add sugar.  Heat cherries over medium heat until thickened slightly.  Leave aside until room temperature.

Chocolate mousse

Put broken up chocolate and butter into heat proof bowl over saucepan of boiling water.  Stir until melted and combined. Stir egg yolks through and leave aside.

Whisk egg whites until soft peaks develop, slowly add sugar while beating until egg white peaks are firm.

Fold egg white through melted chocolate mixture, then fold 1 cup of cream through.


When cherry mixture is cool spoon on top of cake/brandy.  As soon as you have made the chocolate mousse pour it over cherry mixture then refrigerate until set.

Top with whipped cream and chocolate curls

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