Chocolate Trifles with Raspberries and Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Raspberry Trifles

All food blogger recipes turn out perfectly each and every time, don’t they?

Well, not for this one, that’s for sure!

After this week’s baking disaster, I wondered:  “Why don’t food bloggers share their imperfect humanity and share about how something went wrong in their kitchen . . . I think it’s only fair to be honest with my readers!”

Here’s a low-down on my recent kitchen catastrophe:  Mr. Bill wanted something sweet and found that all the cupboards were bare!  So I decided to bake a humungus sour cream chocolate bundt cake that I had found on Pinterest.  I followed the directions to the “T”, even baking it longer because it was still ‘jiggly’ after the required baking time was over.

Upon cooling and inverting the monster bundt cake, it came out in CHUNKS, CUBES, and CRUMBS!  Truthfully it resembled what we find in piles in our horse pasture!!

You get the picture!

With half of the cake still in the pan, I had to spoon out the rest!

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

What a major BUMMER!

So what to do?

I hated to toss out the cake since it was super moist and rich (yet more bitter and less sweet than what we prefer).

I had some heavy whipping cream and fresh red raspberries already in my frig . . . so with that, a wonderful ‘A HA’ moment popped into my brain!

TRIFLE!  Make a Trifle!

Or how about some Mini-Trifles!

Chocolate Trifles with Raspberries and Chocolate Ganache in Martini Glasses!

Top with freshly whipped cream and . . .

Wah-LA!  Dessert is served!

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle
Chunks of rich, moist chocolate cake, mingle with fresh raspberries, chocolate ganache and whipped cream . . . DISASTER AVOIDED!


These wonderful little martini glass mini-trifles can also be made with one of your favorite chocolate cake recipes.

You can find the recipe that I attempted and failed to bake successfully here:  Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

To make the Chocolate Trifles with Raspberries and Chocolate Ganache, all you do is:

  • In pretty parfait or martini glasses, spoon several tablespoons of chocolate ganache in the bottom of each glass (recipe below).
  • Place several chunks of chocolate cake over the ganache.
  • Whip up some heavy cream (about 2 cups) with sugar added to your preference.
  • Layer some whipped cream on top of the cake pieces.
  • Place a few fresh red raspberries randomly in the glasses.
  • Layer more ganache.
  • Layer a few more chunks of chocolate cake.
  • Garnish the top with whipped cream and raspberries.

And here is my favorite, delicious, over-the-crazy-top-never-fail Chocolate Ganache recipe:

Perfect, Silky Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. In a glass mixing bowl, combine the chocolate and butter.
  2. Either melt for 1 - 2 minutes in a microwave or place the bowl over a small pan of boiling water to melt the chocolate.
  3. Pour in the cream and whisk all the ingredients until completely melted, blended and smooth.
Chocolate Raspberry Trifle
dig into the delicious results of a baking blunder!
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  1. says

    I literally gasped when I first saw the picture of your trifle because it looked so delicious and decadent! I was amazed to read it started out as a mistake. It sure didn’t end up that way. Thanks for your honesty in sharing the problems. It makes us all feel better knowing we aren’t the only ones whose recipes don’t always turn out. By the way, I am excited to try out your ganache recipe. I have a recipe for ganache that I like, but it isn’t very sweet, and I noticed yours has sugar in it. Thank you, Roz!
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