Mini Rosewater Trifles with Cardamom Cream

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes cooling and marinating times)
  • Active: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: About 10 trifles
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Orange Blossom Almond Cake:

Nonstick cooking spray, for the pan

2 cups almond flour 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

3 cups sugar 

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 

6 large eggs 

1 teaspoon almond extract 

3/4 teaspoon orange blossom water 

Zest of 1/2 lemon 

Rosewater Fruit:

1 pint blackberries

1 pint strawberries, stemmed and quartered 

1/2 pint blueberries 

1/2 pint raspberries 

2 tablespoons sugar 

Splash rosewater 

Zest of 1 lemon 

Cardamom Cream:

3 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt 

1 teaspoon ground cardamom 

8 ounces candied rose petals 

8 ounces roasted, unsalted pistachios 


  1. For the orange blossom almond cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour, all-purpose flour and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, for a few minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the almond extract, orange blossom water and lemon zest. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the edges are just slightly pulling in from the pan. Begin checking for doneness at 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For the rosewater fruit: Add the blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sugar, rosewater and lemon zest to a medium bowl. Toss to combine and gently macerate with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to release the juices from the berries. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the berries to marinate for 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  6. For the cardamom cream: Whip the cream in a large bowl with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in the Greek yogurt and cardamom until just combined. Set aside.
  7. For serving: Slice the cake into 3/4-inch cubes. Distribute half of the whipped cream among twelve 12-ounce glasses. Top with half the fruit among the glasses. Then layer the cake (there will be extra cake leftover or you can use extra cake here), 8 to 10 cubes per glass. Finally, distribute the remaining fruit on top of the cake, then the whipped cream on top of that. Using the sharp edge of an offset spatula, swipe the top of the whipped cream so it creates a flat surface of cream flush with the rim of each glass. Garnish with a few candied rose petals and roasted pistachios as desired. Serve!