BY MADISON SKAKLE
What’s more fun than throwing a party and having all your guests have a great time? Surprising them with an interactive trifle bar? This creative dessert station is always a hit and makes everyone feel like a kid again.
So, you’re probably wondering, “What is a trifle bar?” Good question! First of all, let’s chat about trifles. Trifle is traditionally an English dessert layered with a cream mixture, some sort of cake, and the layers are repeated over and over again. When I was a little girl, and my mom would ask me what I wanted for dessert—nine times out of ten, I would shout with glee, “Trifle! Trifle!” My mom’s famous recipe is a crowd-pleaser and reminds me of my childhood. Her trifle is angel food cake, vanilla pudding, cool whip and sweetened strawberries, and then those layers are repeated 2 to 3 more times in a large glass trifle dish. Quick tip: if you are attending a potluck and don’t have any idea what dessert to bring, bring this trifle. Trust me. People cannot get over the luscious layers!
Now, let’s get into the create-your-own-trifle bar. The basic idea is that you want people to choose from your selections to create their very own delicious trifle in a Mason jar. You need four different stations of the trifle bar to foster their foodie creativity. Those stations include the base, the fruit, the creamy goodness, and the topping.
The Base Station:
This is the nuts and bolts of the trifle and probably the most important part. It’s the “cake” part of the trifle that holds most of the goodness. Below is a list of what you can include, and pick 3 or 4 that match your taste buds. Make sure these are in 1-inch cubes/squares.
- Angel Food Cake
- Funfetti Cake (always a crowd-pleaser)
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Lady Fingers
- Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Cake
Fruit is optional, but I’ve found that most people want at least a little fruit in their trifle to balance out all the sugar. Here are some options for you and, again, make sure they are in small enough pieces to fit into the Mason jar.
The Creamy Goodness:
Oh yeah, now, we’re getting to the good stuff. This station is all about the glue that holds everything together. You can keep it simple and just offer whipped cream, or you can offer three different options to encourage people to have fun.
- Whipped Cream
- Nutella Whipped Cream (add ½ cup Nutella to a container of whipped cream)
- Whipped Peanut Butter Spread
- Vanilla Pudding
- Chocolate Pudding
- Chocolate Ganache
Doesn’t everyone want a little bit of candy on top? Of course, we do. Chop up your favorite candies and place them into little bowls for people to sprinkle on top of their trifle.
- Mini-Chocolate Chips
To set up your trifle bar, simply place Mason jars at the front of the bar and then line each station up following the Mason jars. I like to write little signs with the name of each station so people can understand the flow of it. You may have to explain the process at first, but once people start “trifling,” they can’t stop. You may want to have extra Mason jars with lids for those party guests who want to make one to take home. Now, that’s a party favor I can appreciate!