This trifle is perfect ending for your Oktoberfest feast (or dinner). It has all of the elements of Black Forest Cake, but is easier to dig into than a cake, in case the host or hostess has had  a little too many Hefeweizens by the time it's served. We love it because it satisfies our sweet tooth without being too cloying or heavy. Plus, all parts can be made a day ahead and assembled the morning of; it's a dessert that's as easy as it is delicious.

Black Forrest Cake Trifle
Black Forrest Cake Trifle

Black Forest Cake Trifle Serves About 8

Layer 1/4 of the genoise in a trifle dish*. Brush the cake generously with cherry liquor.

Sprinkle cherries and top with 1 cup of whipped cream.

Repeat two more times, ending with the top layer of whipped cream and placing whole cherries around the edge.

Top with any leftover cake crumbs. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

*Don't run out and feel the need to buy a trifle dish if you don't have one. We don't have one either and actually used a vase we had on hand instead.