Thursday, September 2, 2010

Durian Trifle


SIGH. This was something I had not intended to make ...


... but it was the best I could make of the situation. Say hello to Durian Trifle.

See, this is what happens when you get overly ambitious. I knew I was going out for lunch with the family in an hour. But I convinced myself that since I had baked this Hot Milk Sponge Cake* so many times, I could definitely pull it off in time, even with my eyes closed. Boy, was I so wrong.
* See here and here.

I kinda "forgot" I had 3 children to round up and dress up, you see (duh!). So in between prepping them and beating the batter to ribbon stage, I realised I actually didn't have enough time! When the hour was up - and we were in a hurry - the cake was still in the oven with another 10 minutes to go. What to do? I had no choice but to turn it off and hope that the cake would be baked through in the hot oven. After all, I psyched myself, it "looked" like it was almost done.

Mistake.



When I got home, all that greeted me was a cake with a depressed centre, and my mood, naturally, took a similar plunge. Gah! I had intended to make a Sponge Cake, then sandwich it with a layer Durian Cream filling ... but that was definitely out of question now.

"Nevermind," consoled the husband. "It's for home consumption, anyway. We'll just make do."

But I couldn't.

That's when I remembered my episode with Ambrosia (which I made using cracked meringues). Ah, I reached for my glasses and started salvaging the spongy baked parts from the (SIGH) soggy centre, then began doing the layering. Voila! In minutes, I had Durian Trifle. How's that for improvisation?



Moral of the story: When life throws you half-baked cakes (literally), make trifle. You heard this first from The Little Teochew. I should trademark this. LOL.

~ Recipe for Hot Milk Sponge Cake is here.

~ Recipe for Durian Cream (based on my own estimation)
- 1 packet durian (there were about 5 or 6 pieces in there)
- 12 tbsp whipping cream (35% fat)
- Icing sugar (depending on sweetness of the durian - I added 1 heaped tbsp)



1. Put the durian flesh through a sieve to remove the fibres.

2. Whip the cream.

3. Fold whipped cream to durian puree into a smooth mixture. Feel free to adjust the proportion of cream to durian as per your preference.

The amount of durian cream is only sufficient for one sandwich layer of a 6 to 8 inch sponge cake. My original intention was to sandwich the cake with durian cream, and then dust the top with icing sugar. If you want to frost the whole cake, you will need to triple the proportions.


There you have it. Durian Trifle. Not too shabby, huh? ;)

35 comments:

  1. What a great way to salvage what would have been a lovely cake. To be honest, a trifle sounds even more special and appealing to me.

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  2. I like your last para! You need to trademark it, Ju! I have never tried making any dessert with durian. Sigh! I so wanted to do it but we have a no durian rule in our househole as both hubby and daughter absolutely can't stay the smell of it. Sigh!

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  3. Looks really yummy! I tried making a durian chiffon about a month back but it COLLAPSED! Too bad this didnt happen earlier to you or I would have had a lovely trifle like yours. Instead I had a collapsed cake 8P

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  4. oh mama! brilliant idea to salvage the cake...gorgeous!

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  5. this is super pretty. love the photos!

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  6. you created a new recipe. This is how many great recipes are born ;)

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  7. Great that you have a trifle day despite the half baked cake. But boo... coz I hate durian!! :P

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  8. When life throws me half-baked cakes (literally) made into Durian Trifles by hot mama Ju, I will take it with a big smile :)

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  9. HAHAHAHA I love your new (copyrighted) adage! And durian, of all things! It looks absolutely fantastic though. Ah, we are missing durian now... Hmmm especially feel like durian snow skin mooncake.. yum!

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  10. Whoaaaa.. u very gung ho ah Ju!! LOL! Changing the kids in between beating the batter to ribbon trail stage?!?! O.O

    But hey, good looking trifle! *droolsss*

    Makes me wanna go buy durian now... but not to make anything though - can't possibly bake anything at all in my current situation :(

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  11. Looks great, Ju! Well done! : )

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  12. Durian is my favorite fruit... I have never had durian trifle before. I must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Hi Ju, That is so smart and creative of you! It looks very great.. Thumbs up Ju! :)

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  14. What a fantastic and original idea! Will need to make this one day; especially for my sister who loves all things durian!

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  15. The flowers are so beautiful..I have always loved the look of trifles..in fact I bought a trifle bowl the first time I had some:) Not cute little bowls like yours though..:)Beautiful photos Ju~

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  16. It looks beautiful to me Ju...and delicious!
    I have never tasted Durian...I saw a huge big one at the Asian market last week. Maybe this is something I need to try!

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  17. Hey Ju, You're so talented! Great recipe with great pictures and I love durian!!

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  18. we would still gladly enjoy these!! great job of the situation.

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  19. Ju you are funny! And creative too! I'm glad, like all great mothers, you were able to salvage it - and the wonderful thing it that it was blog worthy too!

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  20. What a genius way to recover a fallen cake! That's such a good idea. Trifles are so refreshing too. Thanks for posting!

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  21. The important thing is that the cake didn't go to waste. :) Well done on creating something so pretty out of it.

    p.s you're making me seriously crave for durian! :P

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  22. Durian durian!! How I miss thee.. a great idea turing it into a trifle. Is kind of like east meet west :)

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  23. I love durian and a durian trifle sounds like the best thing ever! That's probably a really good way to save the cake... better than wasting it! *notes down in notebook*

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  24. LOL! Brilliant! I can understand how you feel ... Well, you shouldn't blame yourself for the soggy center of the cake ... At least, durian trifle makes up for the loss! =) ... Best part is the dessert is just as toothsome and nothing has gone wasted.

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  25. Looks so yummy! I want it now :)

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  26. The very last picture looks really great! I wish I could taste some of your duiran trifle!

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  27. That's a great improvisation! Looks yummy!

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  28. That last phrase epitomizes your great sense of humor!

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  29. Bravo! well at least you got another yummy treat out of it!

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  30. A genius solution! And let me just say, if you had indeed pulled off baking a cake in an hour while taking care of three kids and changing them to get ready to go out, I would say you were superhuman. ;)

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  31. I had the same situation before ie under estimating the time constraint, and end up still serving it as a birthday cake "for family consumption". We feed the uncooked part to the bin after cutting the so-called birthday cake ;-) I love your creative idea!!

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  32. I have such a clever sister! Clever at baking and being witty!
    ~your sis <3

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  33. Ha! You really should trademark that. It can go in your cookbook. ; ) It looks like a pretty happy accident to me; you ended up with something pretty and super. I'm like you - I would have gone crazy until I figured out something to make it turn out right in the end.

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