A Go-to Dessert: Death By Chocolate Trifle

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I first had this dessert about 15 years ago at a holiday party hosted by a friend. After that night, I dreamed of this dessert. It's just that good. If you have a serious sweet tooth (as I do) and love chocolate (as I do), you will not be able to resist this dessert. Now, years later, I make this dessert every Christmas. It's a huge hit!

So if you've volunteered to take dessert to a holiday gathering, take this one! It's perfect for a large group. You can serve it in any type of deep bowl, but I prefer a clear trifle bowl.


1 box of devil's food cake mix (and any ingredients needed to make the cake)
1 cup of coffee flavored liqueur (I like Kahlua, but any brand will do)
3 packages of chocolate mousse mix (and ingredients needed to make the mousse) (Can be found with the pudding and jello mixes)
2-12 oz. containers of Extra Creamy Cool Whip
1-12 oz. bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

To prepare:
1. Bake cake according to package directions in a 9x13 pan.
2. Immediately upon removing the cake from oven, poke holes into the cake using a kabob skewer or a large meat fork.
3. Pour the coffee liqueur over the hot cake. Cover and allow to marinate overnight.
4. Prepare chocolate mousse according to package directions and refrigerate overnight.

To assemble trifle:
This dessert is so pretty that it's best served in a glass trifle dish. But if you don't have one, you can always use a deep bowl.
1. Cut the cake into small squares.
2. Place one layer of cake on the bottom of the trifle dish, completely covering the bottom.
3. Place one layer of chocolate mousse on top of the cake pieces.
3. Top the mousse with a layer of cool whip.
4. Sprinkle the cool whip with a layer of mini morsels.
5. Repeat layers until the trifle dish is filled to the top.


For the holidays, you may also like these dessert recipes: peanut butter cookiessnickerdoodles, and orange brownies.

For more dessert ideas, visit my Pinterest board, What's For Dessert?

If you need a trifle bowl, here are a few of my favorites. Click on the photo to purchase.

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