I love cherries - they would have to be one of my favourite fruits. Being a cherry lover, I had eyed up a lovely Rainier cherry crumb cake on Peabody's site for a while, and I finally obtained a large quantity of cherries at an affordable price so that I could make it.
However, life does not always go to plan, and this is what became of my beloved cherry crumb cake:
Yep, I dropped it when I tried to turn it out of the tin to cool. It happened because the edge of the tin hit my arm, and in my eagerness not to be burned by the tin, the cake became the casualty. Accordingly, my crumb cake became cake crumbs.
However, they say if life gives you lemons, make lemonade - so I did. I was going to a friend's house to enjoy the Brisbane Ekka holiday, so I turned the cake crumbs into trifle, wetting it with orange juice (so it was child friendly in a way that booze is not), then layering it with jelly, custard and whipped cream:
I ended up with the very handsome trifle at the top of the post. One of my friend's children adored it and came back for seconds; the other wouldn't touch it with a 40 foot pole. Oh well, the adults enjoyed it.
If you are on the smart money, make Peabody's delicious cake; however, if you have an accident, or just have some cake that you want to use up, the trifle is a lovely alternative.