I spent my Memorial Day holiday with my dear friend Seyie Putsure at her beautiful home in Pacific Palisades. Seyie is the founder of Seyie Design, an incredible interior design and branding company that serves residential, beauty, fashion and lifestyle clients in California and India. In fact, Seyie designed the interior space of my bakery, Sugar Blossom Bake Shop, in 2010!
For Memorial Day, Seyie and her husband Steven hosted a potluck barbeque and I was assigned to–you guessed it–dessert duty! One of my favorite desserts to bring to large gatherings is a trifle. For this gathering, I decided to make a mixed berry trifle and use patriotic-colored berries in honor of Memorial Day.
Trifles are quite easy and fun to make, especially if you make the components the day before. On the Sunday before the potluck, I baked a small 8″ round golden butter cake and made some pastry cream and simple syrup. The next day, I assembled the trifle by layering cubes of the butter cake with the berries and the pastry cream, which I lightened with some whipped cream. I made sure to douse each layer of cake with simple syrup to ensure that the cake remained moist. To add flavor and sheen to the berries, I glazed them with some thinned raspberry jam. Overall, it only took about 15 minutes to assemble the trifle.
Trifles are saviors for large get-togethers because not only do they feed plenty of people and look impressive, but they’re also super simple to assemble and make!
What’s your go-to potluck dish?