How about a fairly simple and gorgeous Valentine’s Day dessert?
1 jar maraschino cherries
½ cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 pound chocolate cake
Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid. Mix the liquid in a small sauce pan with ½ cup of sugar. Simmer until the liquid becomes thick and reduces to about half. Don’t reduce too much or the liquid will harden later. Let it cool and then mix the cherries back in.
Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks. The whipped cream will turn dark in color, but it’s absolutely delicious and still looks beautiful.
Layer the trifle with the cake, cherries, and whipped cream, and then repeat, topping with the whipped cream. Grate chocolate shavings on the top, and top with a remaining cherry, if you’d like.