I had plans to make my own birthday cake this year just for kicks. I love buying cakes, but this year I really wanted to try and make my own. Make it a bit more special. Show myself how far my kitchen skills have come. There are so many delicious cake recipes out there, and it was hard to narrow it down. I knew I didn’t want funfetti. I’m not against sprinkles, but I don’t go out of my way to order them. I like cheesecake, but that just sounded a bit too heavy for me at the moment. So, I found a chocolate cake recipe and boy did I have plans for it.
However, as soon as I took the cake out of the oven, I just knew it wasn’t going to work. For whatever reason, the centers just didn’t rise right. I’ve been having some issues with my oven recently, so I just bought a thermometer to keep in there. I think it’s not heating to the temperate that I set it at. So, I took a taste, knew that the cake itself was alright, and changed my plans. It’s trifle time! I’ve actually never had a trifle before, but I’ve had things very similar. I knew all I had to do was break up the cake into square-ish pieces, pour some pudding on top of it, and repeat for a couple of layers.
Easy peasy…until I kept adding to it. Am I sorry? Heck no! This may have taken me much longer than I anticipated, but it is divine and the best birthday gift I could give myself. It’s like a Snickers bar in a trifle. There’s a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of peanut butter pudding (amazing just by itself!), a layer of peanuts and caramel, and then it starts all over again. I topped it all off with some dark chocolate ganache. I think it might be all I eat tomorrow!