Vanilla Strawberry Trifle and a Giveaway

Some of my closest friends visited the farm this weekend. We made cake balls and pops for a barn dance that my brother- and sister-in-law hosted. Before my friends came to town, I read a bajillion different blogs about cake pops and the common problems that people have. And they still didn’t turn out just right. Too much icing, I think. But, we still had a lot of fun making and decorating them.

My friends left me yesterday to go back to the “real” world, leaving behind a bunch of new memories – and SO much left over food! Including leftover cake. (Side note – how do four women leave behind so much cake??)

I didn’t want to throw it away so decided to make trifles out of it – or at least a super easy, West Texas version of a trifle. Since I had already crumbled the cakes up for the cake balls, I just smooshed the crumbs into muffin tins and baked them for another 10 minutes. To be honest… I was surprised that worked out as well as it did.

Meanwhile, I used this recipe for vanilla pudding, tripling the recipe, substituting skim milk, and cutting back the sugar a little. It’s a great pudding recipe – creamy and not too sweet.

Once the pudding and cupcakes were cooled, I sliced some strawberries and started putting together the trifles. I cut the “cupcakes” into 8 pieces, putting 3 or 4 pieces into a jar. Next go in 4 slices of strawberry. Then, it’s covered with pudding. And I repeated that process until the jar was full.

So, I have Funfetti trifles:

Chocolate trifles:

And french vanilla trifles:


They’re delish and a great way to use up old cake!

I’m also hosting my first ever giveaway on my blog, A West Texas Life! See those super cute aprons my friends and I were wearing when we made cake pops?

You could be wearing one too! I got them as thank you gifts for traveling alllll the way to West Texas. The aprons are from Anthropologie and, in my opinon, too cute for words. But, I accidentally bought too many. I mean…. I purposely bought one extra to give away to YOU…

Winning is easy – just leave a comment on the original blog post (click here) and/or follow me on Twitter (@andruswilliams) for a second chance to win. If you’re already following me on Twitter and want to enter again, just leave another comment. Enter before Midnight on Friday and I’ll announce the winner this weekend!

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