Trifle is a classic British dessert of sponge cake layered with fresh fruit, custard, liquor, and jam. However, with all its components, this dish tends to take a good deal of time to prepare. Our goal was to trim prep time where we could, and since making the cake takes the longest, we opted for store-bought. But don’t worry, we added a special touch and enriched the flavor by brushing the cake with Grand Marnier. Check out these simple steps to putting your own trifle together:
1. Arrange slices of cake, fallen-domino style, in a circle in the bottom of the bowl or dish.
2. Liberally brush the cake slices with 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or light rum.
3. Scatter half of the berries over the top of the cake. Spread half of the pudding over the fruit, leaving a ½-inch border all around.
4. Repeat the layering of cake, liquor, berries, and pudding. Top with the remaining cake slices and brush with the remaining liquor. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
5. Before serving, spread the whipped cream in an even layer over the top of the chilled trifle.
6. Shingle the kiwi slices around the edge of the trifle and serve.
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