Kitchen PLAY SideCar: Black Velvet Halloween Trifle

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by Amber on October 6, 2011

When I was a kid, my grandparents threw the most epic Halloween parties. They always dressed to the nines. I remember one party had Nanny dressed in full clown makeup, with a curly bright blue wig and giant shoes, while Gaga chose to go as a Bela Lugosi-style vampire, complete with giant collared cape.

The next year, they chose the roaring 20s for their combined costume, Nan as a flapper and Gaga as a Big Band conductor. They loved the excuse to to dress up and have fun. Because of that, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.

Nanny and Gaga sure knew how to throw a party!

October’s Kitchen PLAY SideCar comes to us from McCormick, who asked for fun and kid-friendly Halloween ideas featuring their black food coloring. I immediately thought of Nanny and Gaga’s Halloween parties when I read the theme. Oh how Nanny would have loved to help me think of a dessert!

Luckily, all it took was one brainstorming session with The Brit to know I was making some sort of trifle, a traditional English dessert that kids love because while it looks so pretty when finished, you get to destroy it when you serve it.

What could scream Halloween more than Black Velvet Halloween Trifle? Using a traditional Red Velvet Cake recipe, I created Black Velvet Cake instead. McCormick Black Food Color was perfect for this – the color I achieved after baking was well and truly jet black. I couldn’t have been more pleased!

After the cake was baked, cooled, and crumbled into bite size pieces in the Trifle bowl, I mixed in Brach’s Candy Corn. The bright contrast of orange, white, and yellow candy corn against the black velvet cake could not be more Halloween-errific.

I covered the crumbled cake with butterscotch pudding made just the perfect shade of Halloween orange with McCormick’s red and yellow food color, and then just before serving, whipped up some homemade whipped cream to layer on top of the pudding. Garnishing the whipped cream with a few more candy corn provided the perfect effect.

Black Velvet Halloween Trifle is a feast for your fun-loving eyes. Each layer is vivid and visible via the trifle glass, and so much fun to dig into! The Brit actually declared this the best trifle he’s ever eaten – I think because butterscotch pudding and black velvet cake pair so well together. Whipped cream just rounds out the experience, and the candy corn provides a lovely little festive surprise every few bites.

Kids of every age will delight at seeing Black Velvet Halloween Trifle adorn your Halloween party table. Make sure though, that you let the littlest hands dig in first – nothing says fun like tearing apart a picture-perfect, creamy, chocolatey trifle.

McCormick is also sponsoring a wonderful giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate any one recipe from this month’s SideCar Series, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter. All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win $50 (10 prizes total). The deadline is October 31, 2011. Please review the complete contest rules before entering. Good luck!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my recipe development and photography, and provided with the featured ingredient at no charge. All opinions of the featured ingredient are my own.

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Scharffen Berger.

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