Chocolate Covered Strawberry Short {Twinkie} Cake Trifle

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I must first give credit for this recipe to my friend, Stephanie. She doesn’t even know she inspired this, but boy did she ever! At the church pie auction, she was bidding against me on a trifle… a strawberry shortcake trifle with mini chocolate chips in it! GAWWWWWW…. Anyways, she out bid me (only because Mr. Matrimony kept saying to me, “Put your hand down”). So after the auction, Stephanie walks over to where we’re sitting and sets the trifle down right in front of me! The trifle she just bought. Then she grins and says, “I made it”. Turns out, she bought it back because it is so popular with her family… 4 beautiful girls, and one awesome little guy, and her smiling hubby. She’s pretty smart, because in-between my own bites, guess who got to serve the trifle to her family? I really didn’t mind because I may have eaten the whole thing without the distractions.

Anyways, for a moment just before I realized the chocolate portion was made up of mini chips, I thought the strawberries had been dipped in chocolate. So, of course, I couldn’t stop thinking about how yummy it would be to make a chocolate DIPPED Strawberry Shortcake.
I know, right???

NOTE: Some of my pictures are tiny. That’s because I erased the original ones, thinking I didn’t need to save them on my blog files. Fortunately, Mr. Matrimony found some thumbnails on my phone. I’ve replaced most of them… they’re just kinda tiny. Sorry ’bout that!

After church Sunday, some friends came for lunch. These girls, Ruth and Rachel, are extremely talented. When I announced dessert, I quickly added they would be helping make it and photograph the steps as we prepared a post on how to make it. They were totally fine and we got to work! We made 2 individual trifles first, then one big one. The individual ones were so precious!

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One of the individual trifle dishes… Precious!

 

And here’s the big one….
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This dessert was so good, I can’t even describe it. Just biting into the different textures of whipped cream, Twinkie, and chocolate dipped strawberries set up my taste buds to love the flavors even more! I’m not sure how I didn’t devour half of it. Well, actually, I am sure. It’s because combined, all of us together DID eat ALL of it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this amazingly easy and totally tasty dessert…
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Ingredients ~

  • 2 lbs. Strawberries
  • 12 Twinkies (I have never used Twinkies before in strawberry shortcake… NOT a fan! However, they were out of pound cake at the bread store, and the little gal recommended these. I went with it, and man am I happy I did!!! Still, pound cake would be great as well)
  • 1 package Milk Chocolate Chips (Nothing is better than Ghirardelli… worth the small amount extra cost)
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 Container Strawberry Glaze (or make your own, which is totally easy)
  • 1 Container (or TWO!) Whipped Cream (or make your own… equally as easy!)

Supplies~

  • Trifle Dish
  • Wax Paper
  • Microwave Bowl (for dipping sauce)

First, you will prepare the chocolate for dipping the strawberries….

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Pour the entire bag in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the chips enough to soften them and then stir. Microwaves vary so much on temperature, so the amount of time this takes may be different for you than for myself. For instance, my mom uses 30 second intervals and I use 1 minute. Start with 30 though. When the chips are soft enough that they begin blending together, add the coconut oil. Microwave again at intervals and stir in between until the chips become a smooth sauce. Do NOT over cook! If you do, the chocolate will change texture to kind of a sandy type stuff and won’t mix together at all. It’s better to use shorter intervals than long ones. When it’s done, the sauce will look like #4. So yummy…. try not to eat it all before you finish off the strawberries ❤

Next, cut each strawberry into 3 slices. Then dip the slices in the chocolate sauce. You can use a toothpick or a fork for this step. We used our fingers because we didn’t want each entire strawberry dipped. The dessert is much prettier with some of the red of the strawberries showing! Place the strawberries on the wax paper and let the chocolate sauce harden. By the way, this is essentially the same thing as that Magic Shell for ice cream… only better! We forgot to take a picture of the strawberries after we dipped them, but you can see a few of them at the top of this picture…

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Once again, I forgot to take pictures of all the steps. That always seems to surprise and embarrass me. I ALWAYS have my camera out, and there are literally thousands of pictures between the camera, my phone, and the computer. You would think that I had 5 pictures of every step of every project I’ve done since starting this blog! Nope… but I will learn. It’s only been like 7 weeks. Anywho… It really doesn’t matter, because *sniffle* these are (were?) some of the pictures I erased.

The first layer is Twinkies. I sliced mine like a little loaf of bread. You can just break them up if you choose, but for me, this was prettier. Besides, Rachel told me to and she is much better at “plating” food for photos than I am! Next add a layer of strawberry glaze.

Another note: I mentioned how easy glaze is to make, but I am using store-bought glaze to make this recipe SUPER easy for those of you who are pastry challenged. To make my “almost glaze”, put about a cup of sugar and 1/3 cup water in a sauce pot with a pint of chopped strawberries and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Turn the heat on medium high and stir constantly while mashing the strawberry pieces, about 3-5 minutes, or until it boils. When it boils, turn it down to medium-low. That’s all I do to make my almost glaze. There are other “non ADHD” methods that call for perfection, like straining the chunks of strawberry, and adding gelatin or cornstarch. I just don’t bother with all of that. Mostly, I want strawberries, not glaze. So I’m good with my homemade “almost glaze”.

Add whipped cream to the top of the glaze. Whipped cream is almost too easy to make, but again, I wanted easier for this recipe. Honestly? I just want tons of people to see the word “EASY” along with chocolate covered on Pinterest and make my recipe go viral. Just once (for now), that is all I ask. So… to make whipped cream, pour a carton of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream into a bowl and blend it. Add sugar to taste and mix it some more. That’s it.

Oh, don’t mix too much or you will have curdly looking extra sweet butter.
Don’t ask how I know…

Put some of the chocolate covered strawberry slices on top of the whipped cream. You can add glaze or “almost glaze” to this part. I didn’t want the glaze running down the rest of the trifle and making it look all red. All red won’t go viral. If you don’t care about your dessert being popular on the internet, add more glaze as you wish! Then add more whipped cream (really, there is never too much whipped cream. EVER). That’s it. You can add pretty whole chocolate covered strawberries to the top, and some chocolate, or whatever to make it pretty. Rachel did ours all pretty-like so Ruth could take lovely pictures 🙂

For the large trifle, Rachel just placed the strawberries in the dish at the proper layer and poured the rest of the chocolate over them. Man, writing about it makes me want more! Eek, my diet. It was so good either way. The chocolate covered strawberry one is more fun to say though. Or, as Mr. Awesome says, “funnerest”.

Here’s some pictures to leave you with….
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And here is the aftermath, about 9 minutes later…

 

Okay, I’m exaggerating. It wasn’t only 9 minutes later. Truthfully, I left some for Mr. Awesome (he was working all afternoon). Then, when he had his share, I ate the rest…. With a rubber spatula. But only because my head wouldn’t fit in the trifle bowl when I went to lick it clean 😛

On Friday evenings I enjoy The Weekend Wind-Down Party at http://dedivahdeals.com/2014/04/04/weekend-wind-party-2/
There are so many great ideas there! Please take a few moments to check it out.
Thanks!


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