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Colorful Mai Tai Trifle Cake



Colorful Mai Tai Trifle Cake

2 frozen small Pepperige farm pound cake loaves or one large loaf(keep frozen)
1 can (20 ounces) of crushed pineapple
1 can (15 ounces) of Mandarin oranges
3 jiggers of dark rum (optional)
4 tablespoons orange marmalade
4 tablespoons pineapple preserves
12 ounces custard or instant vanilla pudding
1 carton (12 ounces) whipped topping( NO NO NO use whipped cream just before serving)
Decorate top in the center with five or six marachino cherries

Split a pound cake lengthwise in half. Spread the orange marmalade generously on the lower half and replace the top. Cut the cake into one-inch slices. Place the pound cake slices into the bottom of a large, clear-glass serving bowl (a straight-sided trifle cake bowl is preferable). Press the slices firmly against the side of the bowl, forming a firm, evenlayer.

Strain the juice from the canned fruits, mixing half a cup of Mandarin orange juice and half a cup of pineapple juice with 3 jiggers of dark rum (optional) to make the Mai Tai flavoring. Pour half of the mixture (about half a cup) over the pound cake. Spread crushed pineapple over the pound cake. (For the best decorative effect, be sure this layer, and all additional layers are pressing smoothly against the side of the glass bowl).

Make a circle of Marachino Cherries all around the rim of the dessert bowl on top of the pineapple. Believe me you will love the effect. Place them about 1/4 to 1/8 inch apart.

Make your pudding or custard. Let is sit in the fridge about ten minutes before the next step. Don't let it set totally but do let it thicken some.

Pour the vanilla pudding or custard into the bowl and spread in an even layer. Cut the remaining pound cake lengthwise, spread generously with pineapple preserves, slice in one-inch pieces and layer into the bowl. Pour the remaining Mai Tai mixture over this layer of pound cake, soaking thoroughly.

Place an even layer of Mandarin oranges over the cake slices.

Whip real cream or buy a can of real whipped cream. Do not use Cool Whip on this dessert( that is what the original recipe called for), I tried it and it detracts from the dessert. Put the whipped cream on just before serving don't add this last layer until you serve.

Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Serving tip: Traditionally, portions of trifle cake is dipped from the bowl with a long-handled serving spoon. However, after being properly chilled, a trifle can be sliced and served in a more attractive manner. Cut only one slice at a time. Lay the trifle bowl on its side and, using large spatula, ease a slice out and onto plate. The first slice may crumble when removed but the rest should come out easily.

Makes about 12 servings


I'd love to see a picture of this Judy. I'm searching my Thrift Stores for the proper glass pedestal bowl, then I'm going to make this dessert. Thanks for sharing :)