Black Forest Trifle

I don’t usually make fancy desserts. I usually spend my energy on the meal itself. And for dessert I’ll typically server a berry pie because I love them and they are easy.

The one exception for fancy desserts is Christmas. We go to Mr. Steam’s parents and they make dinner. Since the only thing we bring is dessert I try to go all out. The challenge is that the dessert has to travel well.

Trifles are an awesome dessert. They look super impressive. They are easy to make. And they travel swell!

Best off for the non baker (ME!), they are VERY forgiving. Couldn’t get your cake out of the pan? Make a trifle, you’re going to cut it all up anyway.

Mr. Steam’s dad is German and I wanted to make him something from his childhood. Black Forest Torte was to intimidating (cake from a sponge? Yikes!) and would probably slide apart in the car. But a trifle with the same ingredients?! PERFECT!


  • 9×13 sheet of brownies (use your favorite recipe or box mix)
  • 2 cans tart cherries in water
  • 2 T powdered sugar
  • 2 T kirschwasser
  • 2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 3 T powdered sugar
  • 1 T kirschwasser
  • Semisweet chocolate bar for shaving
  1. Cut the sheet of brownies into 1/3s. Then cut each 1/3 into 1″ squares and leave in 3 piles. Set aside
  2. Drain the cherries put in a bowl with 2 T of powdered sugar and 2 T of the kirschwasser. Let sit for 1/2 hour.
  3. After the cherries have marinated, put the cream, 3 T powdered sugar and 1 T kirschwasser in a mixing bowl. Beat the mixture until the cream comes to stiff peaks.
  4. Select out about 12 of the best looking cherries and set those aside.
  5. In a triffle bowl put one of the piles of brownies flat on the bottom
  6. With a slotted spoon put 1/3 of of the cherries on top of the brownies.
  7.  Drizzle 3 T of the cherry / kirschwasser juice over the cherries
  8. Top the cherries with 1/3 of the whip cream
  9. Repeat for 3 layers.
  10. On the last layer of whip cream use a vegetable peeler to shave chocolate on top. Decorate the top of the trifle with the 12 cherries that were set aside.

Black Forest TrifleTraditional black forest torte is not overly sweet. Which is why we used the tart cherries. If you prefer it to be sweeter you could use sweet cherries instead.


About NotYourNormalSteam

I love to make things, food, paper, fabric, the medium doesn’t really matter. I am also an obsessive planner. The day after Christmas I am already working out plans for the next year.
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