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Decadent Chocolate Cake Trifle

This chocolate cake trifle is so moist and full of deep chocolate flavor. So rich with a hint of cream. OOH, so good!

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Chocolate Cake Trifle in Fancy Glass
Chocolate Cake Trifle in Fancy Glass

Have your cake or a fancy chocolate cake trifle

Moist chocolate cake, delicious frosting, and fresh whipped cream. What a wonderful combination of flavors to delight the taste buds. You can certainly eat this goodness as a fancy trifle or cake.

Frosted Chocolate Cake and Whipping Cream
Frosted Chocolate Cake and Whipping Cream

What is a Trifle?

It is normally a sponge-type cake that is layered with fruit, custard, and a whipped topping. Some people might even choose to drizzle chocolate or an alcohol throughout the trifle. To me the trifle is all about presentation. If you are going to a potluck or fancy event that you need to bring a dish to pass to, this would be an easy dessert to prepare. While you could just bring a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting dabbed with some whipping cream, it just is not as pretty and fancy as layering those same ingredients in a pretty see-through container.

Serving Ideas

I put mine in small glasses as today I am serving guests at home. However, if I was bringing this dessert to a gathering, I would probably put in a large glass pedestal fancy bowl.

Trifle Cup
Trifle Cup

Trifle Options

I chose to make this trifle using chocolate cake, frosting, and whipped cream. This could be made by layering cake, pudding, and whipped cream too. Either way you choose, they are both delicious.

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Decadent Chocolate Cake Trifle

Moist chocolate cake served fancy with whipped cream. Elegant, easy, and tasty.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, chocolate, recipe
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 512kcal

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Chocolate Cake-Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp. Instant Coffee Such as Tasters Choice
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt

Chocolate Cake – Wet Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Hot Water Add this last (I microwave the cup for a minute)
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 2 Tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 Stick butter
  • 1 Candy Bar Chocolate full-size (melted in microwave)
  • 1/3 Cup milk (start with 1/3 cup and if you would like a bit creamier, add a bit more milk)
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla

Whipping Cream

  • 1 Cup whipping cream
  • 3 Tbls. powdered sugar heaping


Chocolate Cake

  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix to incorporate ingredients together
  • Add the all of the wet ingredients except the hot water. Mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Then add the hot water and mix that in.
  • Spray Pam or other oil in 9 X 13 pan, heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake at 350 degrees preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. You can also tell if the cake is done by lightly touching the center of the cake with your finger. If it springs back, it is done.

Chocolate Frosting

  • In a microwave safe container; melt butter approximately 25 seconds on high. Just so it is partially melted, but all the stick is soft.
  • In separate bowl, add the cocoa and powdered sugar and mix.
  • Once mixed, add the butter, vanilla, melted chocolate candy bar, and 1/3 cup milk. Beat with a mixer on medium until smooth consistency. If needed, add more milk a very little bit at a time until the frosting is the spreading consistency that you desire.
    Chocolate Frosting

Whipping Cream

  • Whip the whipping cream on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until combined and the cream thickens. Should just be a minute or two.
    Whipping Cream

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Putting the Chocolate Trifle together

Once the chocolate cake is completely cool, frost it. Cut the cake into small cubes about ½ inch in size. Add a layer of frosted cake, then whipping cream. Repeat alternating layers of cake and whipping cream. Enjoy!


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg
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Thursday 10th of August 2017

This looks amazing!!


Friday 11th of August 2017

Thank you.


Thursday 10th of August 2017

This looks like something my boys would love!!!


Friday 11th of August 2017

I haven't met anyone so far that hasn't finished it completely. Enjoy!


Thursday 10th of August 2017

Sounds so delicious but maybe too time consuming with two babies! Will pin for later when I find the time :)


Friday 11th of August 2017

I completely understand. Someday, they will grow and you will have a bit more time. Enjoy every moment with them.

Danielle Gould

Wednesday 9th of August 2017

This looks delectable! I would also serve them in small cups, too! Simple recipe with fantastic results!


Wednesday 9th of August 2017

Thank you. It really is an easy way to make things a bit fancier.


Wednesday 9th of August 2017

Yummy! That looks so delicious! I'm a chocolate addict, so anything with chocolate sounds amazeballs! Saved!


Wednesday 9th of August 2017

Love it!

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