Christmas Bunco potluck dinner tonight and I signed up to make a dessert. It’s pretty easy to make, just a little time consuming. The contrast of the tang of the cranberry and the lemon paired with the smooth, sweetness of the white chocolate is so delicious! If you need a fancy dessert for an event, I recommend giving this one a try. It’s a Pampered Chef recipe from their “Festive Holiday Desserts” cookbook.
1 (12 oz) package white chocolate morsels (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (3 cups)
Cake and Garnish:
1 (16 oz) frozen pound cake or 1 1/2 frozen pound cakes, thawed (I used 2 full pound cakes)
2/3 cup thawed frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1/4 cup lemon juice (I squeezed mine from about 1 1/2 lemons, so much better than that stuff in the bottle)
3 oz vanilla flavored almond bark
powdered sugar (optional)
1 For mousse, place white chocolate morsels and milk in bowl. Microwave on high 1 – 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool slightly, 1- 2 minutes. Whisk in sour cream. Fold in whipped topping.
2 Trim crusts off cakes to make 8 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/2″ cakes. Place trimmings in Rotary Grater (cheese grater) and grate evenly over bottom of Springform Pan. Press crumbs evenly and flat to form crust. Slice remaining cake into 1/8″ slices (about 60 slices).
3 Combine juice concentrate and lemon juice. Layer crust with 1/4 of mousse. Spread evenly. Arrange about 20 slices of cake over mousse, overlapping as needed to form an even layer. Brush cake with 1/3 of the cranberry mixture. Repeat layers two times, ending with cranberry mixture. Top cranberry mixture with remaining mousse. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
4 Place almond bark on microwave safe plate. Microwave on high 20 seconds, turning over after 10 seconds (do not melt). Hold almond bark with a clean kitchen towel and create small curls using a vegetable peeler. Garnish cake with curls and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Run a knife around sides of cake before removing collar.