Friday night means dessert night. It has been a very busy week so I hadn’t really planned our dessert treat for tonight. On Wednesday before I iced the cake for Tilly’s teacher aide I sliced off some cake to help it sit evenly. I put this aside and thought it would make a great base to some sort of chocolate cake trifle.
Joel came home last night with 5 punnets of strawberries – happiness! Chocolate cake trifle needs strawberries. I didn’t have enough cream or eggs to make a proper custard so I made up a basic custard with just custard powder, sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Nowhere near as yummy as real custard but my children aren’t fussy about their custards but they were a little thrown by the colour. They questioned why I had made ‘orange’ custard.
As this is essentially a dessert for children there is no alcohol. Some cointreau or sherry could be used and I even considered macerating the strawberries in sugar and balsamic vinegar but I decided in the end to keep it simple. Chocolate cake, custard, strawberries, cream. All the kids were happy and I was happy I didn’t waste the cake cut offs.
custard powder custard
1/4 cup custard powder
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
In a small saucepan whisk the custard powder, sugar and vanilla together with a little of the milk and then slowly add the remaining milk. Stir over a low heat until it boils and thickens.