Are you looking for a luscious dessert to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with? Try this Bailey’s Irish Cream Trifle. It’s so easy to make and your friends’ Irish Eyes will be Smiling! The strawberries from Oxnard are at the Farmers Markets in Southern California right now and they are super sweet! Perfect to go with the Bailey’s, chocolate, cake and cream. YUMMMY!
My name is Patricia and I was called Patti when I was ten years old. Back then I went to Catholic School and St. Patrick’s Day was my day. My Feast Day. My mother and I baked a green cake in a 9 x 13 pan and I would trot off to school to celebrate My Day with my classmates…and we feasted on green cake! I felt really special! That was great then, but now I want something more grown up…and this Bailey’s Irish Cream Trifle is the answer.
This year, I was inspired by Kerrygold Butter and Cheese to turn our March Cooking Class into a St. Paddy’s Day party. They sent me a St. Paddy’s Day kit that included green balloons, shamrock tattoos, shamrock flags, green napkins and coupons which I redeemed at Ralph’s for Kerrygold’s Dubliner Cheese, Aged Cheddar, Reserve Cheddar and Irish Butter. My friend, Lynne of Cook and Be Merry encouraged me to make some Irish Soda Bread to serve with the cheese and she shared her recipe with me. So, I did what every good Catholic (now Episcopal) girl would do, and celebrated my Feast Day with my friends. (Take a look at the fabulous photos Lynne of Cook and Be Merry took at our cooking class.)
The theme of our Cooking Class was Weekday Dinners. Quick easy delicious meals. The finale of the evening was this amazing dessert. The team of Sioux, Donna and Gloria worked together to make the Bailey’s Irish Cream Trifles. They made 18 separate trifles in some punch glasses we had at the Holy Nativity Community Hall and had a great time doing it.
At home I used a martini glass to glam it up a bit. Get creative – use some pretty stemware and add a little green with mint leaves or some shamrocks!
When your name is Patricia or Patti, you are definitely Irish on St. Paddy’s Day. My eyes are not Irish, but when I tasted the Bailey’s Irish Cream Trifles they were definitely smiling!
Bailey’s Irish Cream Trifle
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 Tbs Bailey’s Irish Cream + more for wetting the Cake
- 1/4 cup Chocolate shavings
- 4 slices pound cake or Angel Food Cake
- 12 strawberries
- 4 mint sprigs, for garnish
1. Whip the cream and fold in 2 Tbs Baileys. When ready to assemble, place the whipped cream into a piping bag with a star tip.
2. Prep chocolate shavings by using the wide holes of a box grater. Place chocolate bar into microwave for 10 seconds at a time. Test it on the box grater to see if it is soft enough to make the shavings. Microwave for additional time until the chocolate is pliable, being careful not to melt it.
3. Cut slices of cake into 1/2″ squares. Clean and slice all but 4 strawberries
4. Set four glasses on table. Start with chocolate shavings on the bottom, then 1/3 of the cake, then pour on enough Baileys to wet the cake. Add a strawberry slices. Pipe in the whipped cream. Add more chocolate and repeat process one or two more times ending with the whipped cream. Garnish with more chocolate shavings and if you like, a strawberry cut through the middle at an angle to slide onto glass rim.
Servings: 4 386 calories per serving