Butterbeer Trifle: An Alison’s Wonderland Original Recipe ©

Posted April 24, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 2 Comments

  

Man oh man, I had so much fun developing this recipe! Harry Potter features so many fantastic foods, but butterbeer is by far one of my favorites. It’s incredibly versatile–I’ve seen butterbeer cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream all over Pinterest. My original plan was to make butterbeer cupcakes, like those made by The Curvy Carrot, but since I recently made cupcakes for Alice in Wonderland, I decided to try a different route. The goal: something classically British that still captured the essence of butterbeer. And what’s more classically British than trifle? 😉

To develop the recipe, The Mister and I had a taste-testing night where we sampled different variations on my butterbeer trifle theme. This butterscotch pudding version easily stood out from all the others. It was perfect because, even though the butterscotch was center stage, it wasn’t overpowering. The pound cake gives it texture and dimension, and the whipped cream keeps things fluffy and fun.

P.S. You can thank the Mister for the Frangelico–that was his idea! 🙂

 

Butterbeer Trifle: An Alison’s Wonderland Original Recipe ©

Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks, it’s a bit cold, isn’t it?
— Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 10 oz frozen all-butter pound cake
  • approximately 4 tbsp Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 3.5 oz box instant butterscotch pudding
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 2 oz pecan chips
  • chocolate fudge sauce, for drizzling
  • Makes 3-5 trifles (depending on how tall the glasses are)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. While that heats up, prepare the butterscotch pudding.

    Did I lick the whisk when all was finished? You bet I did.
  2. Spread your pecan chips out on a baking sheet and toast them in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Thaw the pound cake according to package instructions and cut it into 1/2 inch cubes.
  4. Sprinkle a little Frangelico (just enough to infuse flavor) over each layer of cake cubes when assembling the trifles.
  5. Now for the fun part: putting it all together! In a tall glass, layer the components in this order: 4 cake cubes, 3 tbsp pudding, 2 tbsp Cool Whip, 1 tsp pecans, a light drizzle of fudge sauce, repeat two more times to make 3 layers. You might need to alter the proportions slightly to suit your glass.

    The layers will merge together a little bit as you go, but that’s perfectly fine. In fact, I think the swirls of pudding draping over the moist cake make it look so much more inviting than rigid layers.
  6. And that’s it! Enjoy while reading all about Harry’s first trip to Hogsmeade in the Prisoner of Azkaban! 🙂
    This is a great recipe to make with friends. Just put all the components in the middle of the table, give everyone a glass, and go wild!

     

 

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Here’s the Yummly printable!

Butterbeer Trifle

Makes 3-5 trifles

Ingredients

  • 1 10-oz frozen all-butter pound cake
  • 4 tbsp hazelnut liqueur (like Frangelico)
  • 1 3.5-oz box instant butterscotch pudding
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 2 oz pecan chips
  • chocolate fudge sauce (for drizzling)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. While that heats up, prepare the butterscotch pudding.
  2. Spread your pecan chips out on a baking sheet and toast them in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Thaw the pound cake according to package instructions and cut it into 1/2 inch cubes.
  4. Sprinkle a little Frangelico (just enough to infuse flavor) over each layer of cake cubes when assembling the trifles.
  5. Now for the fun part: putting it all together! In a tall glass, layer the components in this order: 4 cake cubes, 3 tbsp pudding, 2 tbsp Cool Whip, 1 tsp pecans, a light drizzle of fudge sauce, repeat two more times to make 3 layers. You might need to alter the proportions slightly to suit your glass.
  6. The layers will merge together a little bit as you go, but that's perfectly fine. In fact, I think the swirls of pudding draping over the moist cake make it look so much more inviting than rigid layers.
  7. And that's it! Enjoy while reading all about Harry's first trip to Hogsmeade in the Prisoner of Azkaban!
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