I wanted to make a bean cake over the weekend, but forgot how challenging they are to remove from a round cake pan. After trying (and dismally failing) to get the layers out in almost one piece, I conceded defeat and created a trifle with half of the cake pieces. Then a breakfast parfait with other half of the demolished cake.
The baintrain scarfed the trifle down so quickly, I didn't even have a chance to snap a picture. Which was fine, since the blueberries kinda turned the cake an odd color. Keep that in mind, no matter what kind of cake you use for this recipe.
:: Bean Cake Trifle or Parfait::
make 10 servings, however it's assembled
Homemade berry syrup
1 pt Whipping cream for the trifle
plain/vanilla yogurt for the parfait
If you are making this for dessert, make the cake and syrup in the morning, so everything has time to cool down.
While your cake is baking make the syrup: Add to a small sauce pan: 2 c frozen berries with 3/4 c water, the juice of 1 lemon and 1/2 c sweetener (you know I used xylitol). Once it's come to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Stir in 2 t cornstarch or arrowroot powder dissolved in 1/4 c. water, bring back to a boil and remove from heat. Cool for about an hour.
Trifle: Once the cake and sauce are cooled, the assembly is a snap. In a glass bowl layer cake, berry syrup and whipped cream...at least 3 times. Serve it to your adoring public and make them very happy that the cake you'd originally planned to take to church didn't work out so well.
Parfait: Mix together 3/4 c. of cooled berry syrup with 1 1/2 c plain or vanilla yogurt. Alternate layers of cake with yogurt mixture. Serve with fresh or frozen berries on top.
The bean cake is so perfect for both of these breakfast/dessert recipes. It stays moist and never gets soggy, so theoretically you could make a big trifle and serve it for dessert and breakfast. I didn't have enough whipping cream to make that happen. And I'm not sure if there had been adequate cream, that any would have made it to breakfast, because it's What about Bob good...