My entry for this month's theme: raspberry and chocolate trifle

purple chocolate
Posted on 06/10/2012 by epic_cakes


After making that 1UP mushroom cake the other day, I had plenty of cake offcuts left over to play with. Not wanting to just throw them out (and I'd already decided to make trifle for the layer theme) I made this for dessert tonight :)

The layers are: Aeroplane brand Raspberry jelly, torn up pieces of chocolate cake, homemade creme patisserie (see recipe under the cut), more raspberry jelly with fresh raspberries and creme framboise (raspberry liqueur) drizzled over it, and whipped cream with chocolate flakes. I got the creme patisserie recipe from PS Desserts by Philippa Sibley.

300ml milk
225ml thickened cream (whipping cream)
100g caster sugar
15g cornflour
60g egg yolks (approximately three)
1 vanilla pod, split and de-seeded if that's your preference

Put the milk, cream, vanilla pod and half the sugar into a saucepan. Bring to the boil then let simmer. (I actually only had about half the cream so I replaced what was missing with more milk, creme framboise and a little vanillin sugar, but I'm going to write down the recipe as it appears in the book).

Combine the cornflour, egg yolks and remaining sugar in a bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy looking.

Remove the vanilla pod. Strain through a fine sieve if you don't want vanilla seeds in it (I used clear vanilla essence this time as the last time I attempted to make creme patisserie I wound up using way way too much vanilla paste and it tasted awful). Otherwise, pour slowly into the egg mixture while whisking it. Continue to whisk for a moment and then transfer back into the saucepan.

Over a medium heat, whisk the mixture continuously until it becomes thick and glossy. Bring it down to a simmer and stir for a further two minutes. (This is necessary to cook the cornflour. Don't worry about the eggs scrambling; the cornflour prevents this).

Continue to whisk as it cools. If not using immediately, press cling wrap to the surface to avoid it getting a skin on top.
sushidog 10th-Jun-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds stunning! Chocolate and raspberry is one of my favourite combos.
suede 10th-Jun-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
really lovely!
phyllis7609 11th-Jun-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
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I loooooooove chocolate and raspberry!
What is this month's theme challege?

p.s. I hope you don't mind but I am following you on LJ now. I find you rather hilarious. :o)
epic_cakes 11th-Jun-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Layers! :D

I will friend you back! I hope you don't mind numerous posts about wow, my little pony and working in a bakery ;)
phyllis7609 11th-Jun-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I also just noticed you on ONTD tonight! I've been on there for years. I love that place. God they are so mean.
epic_cakes 11th-Jun-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
They were mean to me? o.O I mustn't have noticed.
phyllis7609 11th-Jun-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Oh, no- they weren't mean to you! I just meant as a general rule that group can bring the snark. :o)
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