To celebrate Colin the Caterpillar turning 30, Marks and Spencer has revealed how we can turn him into a classic British dessert, a Colin trifle!
Colin has been a firm favourite amongst children and adults alike when it comes to birthdays, attending more than 450,000 every year according to M&S.
It’s not just a Colin trifle you can recreate from your kitchen, as the retailer has revealed a list of other yummy recipes to celebrate Colin's milestone 30th birthday with, including Colin fridge cake, Colin cookie dough and even Colin truffles.
If you want to know how you recreate the king of birthdays into a chocolatey trifle then keep reading…
You will need
- 6 slices of Colin the Caterpillar cake (each around 1 inches thick)
- 500g tub of chilled custard
- 300g milk chocolate, broken up
- Two 300ml tubs of whipping cream
- Mini chocolate Colin faces
- Large Colin faces (taken from the cake)
- Jazzie sprinkles
- Carefully arrange the slices of Colin cake in a deep glass trifle bowl, placing two on the bottom and four around the sides so you can clearly see the swirl.
- For the chocolate custard, place the custard and 100g of the milk chocolate into a large saucepan over a low heat. Stir gently until all the chocolate has melted, then remove from the heat. Press clingfilm onto the surface of the custard to stop a skin forming, then set aside to cool.
- For the chocolate mousse, microwave the the remaining 200g milk chocolate on a low heat, stirring occasionally to avoid burning, until melted. Meanwhile, semi-whip 300ml of the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the melted milk chocolate until fully incorporated. Pour the mousse evenly into the trifle bowl over the Colin slices – depending on the size of your bowl you may have a small amount left-over. Chill.
- For the white chocolate ganache, soften the white chocolate by microwaving for one minute on a medium heat. Meanwhile, heat 100ml of the whipping cream in a saucepan on a low heat, until simmering, then immediately pour over the softened chocolate chunks, and leave to stand for five minutes. Beat with a fork until the mixture is smooth and coming together. If it looks tough and isn’t workable, heat the mix on low in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time, beating with a fork until smooth. Spread evenly over the chocolate mousse. Chill for 15 minutes.
- When the mousse has set, remove the trifle from the fridge and pour over the chocolate custard, allowing for enough room to add cream on top.
- To decorate, beat the remaining 200ml whipped cream until fully whipped, spread evenly over the custard layer, smoothing out to the edges. Top with M&S jazzie sprinkles, mini Colin faces and the large Colin face. Enjoy!
You can find more Colin the Caterpillar recipes here.
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