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If you have been following The Art of Living Beautifully for a while you may know that I am a HORRIBLE baker, so I am often looking for desserts that require little or no baking whatsoever. A trifle is just the ticket…especially if you use a boxed cake mix like I did! #laurenbakes

If you want to make your red velvet cake from scratch for this trifle then I applaud you. I’m sure you can find an incredible recipe somewhere on Pinterest and I wish you luck with that.

One of the best things about trifles is they are beautiful. Don’t you love eating beautiful food!!???

The other best thing about trifles is it reminds me of the Friends episode when Rachel is in charge of the dessert for Thanksgiving and makes a Traditional English Trifle:

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ingredients:

1 box Red Velvet Cake mix and the ingredients it calls for: eggs, water, oil etc…

2/3 cup Sugar, divided

1/3 cup Water

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened to room temp

16 oz Mascarpone Cheese

2 1/3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream

1 cup Pistachio Nuts, roughly chopped

Shaved Dark Chocolate, about 4 oz

Mint Leaves and Fresh Cranberries for Garnish

directions:

1.) Make Red Velvet Cake according to package directions. Let cool completely and cut into cubes, approximately 1.5″ each.

2.) Make a simple syrup by combining 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and bringing it to a low boil. Syrup is ready once sugar is completely dissolved. Add Vanilla Extract and stir to combine.

3.) Using a pastry brush, brush simple syrup on top of cake cubes. Set aside until ready to assemble trifle.

4.) Using a KitchenAid Electric Mixer, combine cream cheese, mascarpone and remaining sugar and beat on high until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and slowly pour in whipping cream. Continue beating until mixture resembles a soft whipped cream.

5.) Begin assembling trifle by creating a layer of cake squares in the bottom of a trifle dish. Cover with a layer of cream and top with shaved chocolate and crushed pistachios. Then begin again with the cake cubes, cream, chocolate and nuts. Continue layers until there is no more room in your trifle dish, and top with whip cream, cranberries and  mint leaves.

**Hint: the easiest way to create pretty shaved chocolate is by using a potato peeler.

Buon Appetito!

-ciao for now-

lauren

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