Sunday, June 16, 2013

Granny's Easy Chocolate Trifle Recipe

My Granny is the ideal southern Grandma. She's sassy, smart, and she makes a lot of awesome food.

This is one of her "easy cheater recipes". It is one of the most simple, delicious recipes for chocolate anything you can make. It doesn't fall into my normal dietary scope of organic, non-dairy, and healthy. This is flat out bad for you, but in such a good way.

But let's be honest. Dessert isn't meant to be healthy. It's meant to be delicious. And this is delicious. 

Granny's Chocolate Trifle 
Chocolate trifle

What You Need:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (You can use the gluten free kind, but I really like the fudge cake kind)
  • 1/2 bag of mini heath chocolate bars, crushed
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 big box of instant pudding (I like pudding)
  • 1 tub of whipped cream (I tried to substitute with coconut milk whipped cream, but if you don't serve it right away--- it's not so great)
  • 1 trifle bowl (or several small ones)
Easy chocolate trifle recipe
Make the chocolate cake per box instructions. Set on counter to cool.
Make pudding to pudding directions. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Unwrap the health bars and put them in a plastic bag. Beat them to death with something. You want a few bigger chunks, but a lot of little crumbs.
Now gather everything together with the trifle bowl and begin layering.


  1. Crumbled up about 1/3 of the chocolate cake--- enough to fill up a 1/4 of the bowl or so
  2. Pour half the coffee over the cake
  3. Half the pudding, delicious pudding.
  4. Whipped Cream
  5.  Heath bar crumbles
And repeat until the bowl is filled!


Just a tip: The first time I made this dessert it looked like a mess. I still haven't perfected making it magazine beautiful, but I found that if you put the wet ingredients in the center of the dish and then use a spoon to push them towards the edges things tend to look more organized and less smeared. Of course, the pudding drips down into the cracks of the cake which doesn't make it so beautiful, but it makes it so yummy so who cares! It's delicious! 

Personally, I think this is better if it sits for a bit. I usually make it the morning or the night before and bring it out of the fridge when I want to serve it. It's so good cold and gooey.

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