Traditional candy cane colours.
Original winter flavour.
When I found a recipe in our LCBO magazine (which I had yoinked off my mother in law's counter - sorry, I'll bring it back!) that featured a red velvet cake (which is my son's fav) and white layers of minty whipped cream and white chocolate ganache I knew I wanted to make this for our family holiday dinner.
Bringin back the old school desserts - awesome. Maybe I should bring back the jello salads? NAAA
I should divulge I cheated a little.
I used a boxed red velvet cake mix. The recipe did give direction for making your own but, well, I didn't have time and my mother in law had given us a bunch of cake mixes (red velvet since its the Little Ughs fav) so might as well use em right?
If you have a favorite recipe for it please be my guest, replace it with your cake recipe or you could use the recipe supplied by the linked recipe below.
This is a beautiful presentation and a wonderful dessert to serve at your next gathering - but I would suggest not making it for 2.
I also suggest using a tad more peppermint extract. I used a touch more than the recipe called for but it really could have used another 1/2 tsp. or so.
Enjoy - we did!
I'm listening to: Candy Cane Children - White Stripes
Candy Cane Trifle
white chocolate ganache
mint whipped cream
White Chocolate Ganache
8 squares white chocolate
1 c. whipping cream
1 c. softened light cream cheese
Bring cream just to a slow boil in a saucepan. Chop up white chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl. Add the cream to the bowl and let stand 2 minutes. Stir until combined.
Whip the cream cheese in a separate bowl and slowly add in the chocolate mixture.
Place in the fridge about 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Mint Whipped Cream
2 c. whipping cream
1 tsp. peppermint extract (maybe a little more but do the taste test)
1/4 c. granulated sugar
Whip together the cream and extract along with the sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Cut the cooled cake into 1 inch cubes.
In a trifle dish or large bowl place a small amount of ganache in the bottom.
Add a layer of cake cubes.
*depending on how large your dish is will determine how many layers and how you divvy your components up*
Add a layer of ganache mixture.
Another layer of cake.
Add a layer of whipped cream.
Repeat until your ingredients are all used - but end with whipped cream.
Recipe inspired by LCBO's Candy Cane Red Velvet Trifle