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Schmoo Torte with Bananas/ or Trifle

This recipe originates from my home church cookbook and was submitted by Helen Fast. The cake recipe for the Angel food was long and involved, so I simplified it by using a cake mix. This is the one time that I have no trouble using a mix. I also modified it by adding bananas and crushed Skor bars. Banana and schmoo (caremael sauce) just belong together, a marraige made in heaven.

I made this for our son's birthday bash and it needed to feed a lot a people so instead of making it into a torte, I made it into a trifle. I find that a trifle feeds more people and that is what I needed. It went over really well.
  • 1 Pkg. Angel food cake mix
  • 1/2 to 1 c. finely crushed pecans
  1. Make cake according to the package directions,  but first fold in the crushed pecans with the dry cake mix. 
  2. Bake in a angel food cake pan. 
  3. Let cook completely balanced upside down on a bottle to cool.

Schmoo sauce:
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  1. Bring the whipping cream and brown sugar  to a boil. 
  2. Cook for 5 minutes on low. Take off heat and add butter.  
  3. It will thicken as it cools.
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 bananas 
  •  crushed skor bar
If you were to make the Torte version, you would cut the cake into equal thirds.
Drizzle each layer with schmoo sauce, bananas, whip cream and skor bits.
Ice with whipped cream, drizzle sauce decoratively, sprinkle with skor bits.

This is the schmoo sauce after it is cooked, it thickens as it cools
I make extra schmoo sauce to pass around separately, you can never have too much schmoo!

                         I don't have a trifle bowl so I used a punch bowl
Layer as follows
cake torn into bite size pieces
schmoo sauce
whipped cream
skor bits
alternate three times
Topped it with whipped cream and skor bits.
This serves 12-16 people.


  1. Hi Charlotte, I just love the name of this Schmoo!! Looks lovely...

  2. hey always have the most interesting recipes....this looks like a crowd pleaser for sure!

  3. This looks so yummy Charlotte. If I hadn't already baked a choc cake for a trifle for hubby's b'day tomorrow I would surely make this recipe.
    By the way how long do you cook the shmoo sauce?

  4. I am SO making this!!! I'm in charge of dessert after the Christmas lunch. Quick question: Would you assemble this the day before like a traditional trifle, or is it better made the day of?
    Thanks!!! Can't wait to make this!

  5. Yummy! I have never made this but I have tasted a trifle that must have been similar to this and i so enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe. Kathy

  6. betty thanks for pointing out that i omitted the cooking time for the is 5 minutes,
    carole, i made it the same day and it was fine. there was a smidge left over and it was still good the next day but the bananas where mushy. that doesn't bother me any, but it might others...either way it is soooooo good! i am also making this for one our our christmas gatherings.....can i give you a tip....look for broken skor bars in the bulk section...way cheaper and you need alot!

  7. Charlotte, I will definately be making this over Christmas at some point. . .

  8. Sorry about the drool on my comment.... but that looks like the kind of dessert that demands seconds..... I just decided on my Christmas dinner dessert !

  9. Charlotte - (I didn't know where else to post this!)
    Bless You!!!! Thank you for your note and your prayers. I've been lurking around this blog since I found it 2 months ago - nothing beats Mennonite home cooking! Where are all you girls from? (Oh dear, that sounds like the beginnings of the Mennonite game!)
    Anyway, thanks for what you said yesterday!

  10. This looks absolutely delicious! I love recipes with skor bar in them. Looks like this will be the 2008 Christmas dessert!

  11. I just bought your cookbook 2 weeks ago - I am in LOVE!! And not only with your cookbook, but with your fabulous blog! Your recipes are absolutely phenomenal!! I have already made the 7 layer casserole for my family which was a big hit and am making this fantabulous sounding trifle for a care group potluck this weekend! Thank you so much and keep the fabulous recipes coming!!!!

    ~Julie Kroeker


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