Saturday, June 27, 2009

Triple Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle

Or more appropriately… How to Make the Best of a Messed Up Cake.

This dessert comes courtesy of my sister. She wanted to bake a cake for me – chocolate of course with chocolate chips – and was already to decorate it and surprise me. One problem. The cake stuck to the pan and fell to pieces when she tried to take it out.

Now, if it were me, I would have just made some cake balls out of it. But being the creative one that she is, she turned her mess into a masterpiece.

I don’t have her cake recipe, but here’s what you do.

1. Accidentally mess up your cake on purpose by mistake
2. Whip up some chocolate pudding
3. Layer it all in a trifle dish with some cool whip and refrigerate.

… and in the words of Tim Gunn… “Make it Work.”

Chocolate Trifle

If she hadn’t told me it was a mistake, I never would have known.

Actually, there was only one problem with this cold, creamy, cakelicious dessert. It was way too easy to eat. Let’s just say, I wish I had a bigger spoon.

Lyzzie said...

Hi mmmmmmmmm that loos delicious!

June 28, 2009 02:51 AM
Amy said...

That looks fabulous;) My mom has been making it for years but uses brownies and toffee bits- yum!

June 28, 2009 02:55 AM
Amanda said...

Looks yummy! Whenever I see a trifle though, I can't help but thinking of the Friends episode where Rachel is making dinner and the pages of her cookbook stick together and she makes a trifle with meat and all sorts of other stuff that doesn't belong together at all! :)

Thanks for the giggle!

June 28, 2009 05:06 AM
Connie said...

omg yum….

June 28, 2009 05:23 AM
tnkrbell13 said...

Was it for your Birthday? If so, hope you had a great day!

June 28, 2009 05:40 AM
michellejohnnie said...

I did this a couple of weeks ago – only I topped it with peppermint patties! Very tasty! My guests loved it!

June 28, 2009 05:49 AM
kjera said...


June 28, 2009 07:27 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

Looks too delicious – I have to ask…what is cool whip? Is it like whipped cream in a can? vanessa (australia – the land without cool whip…)

June 28, 2009 08:24 AM
Roxann said...

This looks great buuuuuut ….. I'm new to Bakerella and I'm dying to know what Cake Balls are. Bakerella, five stars for talent and creativity, five stars for site concept and design, five stars for your photography, and … even with only the written word, you shine bright in the modest, funny, warm and giving way you share yourself here, and it always makes my day. Thank you.

June 28, 2009 08:28 AM
Angel said...

And now I will have to try THAT! I have just recently managed not to burn/undercook a basic chocolate cake from scratch… So I will be trying cake balls next, and if I can't make those, I'll do the "mistake cake". HEHE.
What smart cookies you both are!

June 28, 2009 10:42 AM
Lizzy Borden said...

That looks delicious and Oh so yummy!! I will for sure make this one someday soon. It would make a wonderful dessert after a BBQ dinner. Thanks

June 28, 2009 11:53 AM
Bridget said...

Man, that looks delicious! I like the way your sister thinks! :)

June 28, 2009 01:04 PM
Elisa said...

This sound so yummy! I have to invest in a trifle bowl now!

June 28, 2009 03:25 PM
Christy said...

I'm soooo messing up a cake soon. :)

June 28, 2009 03:38 PM
Dori said...

That looks absolutely lucious… I do the same sort of thing with fresh berries, lemon pudding and angel food cake. So yummy…

June 28, 2009 05:07 PM
Jennie Holt said...

looks deelish!! i would need to throw some crushed up scor bars in there for added calories!!

June 28, 2009 05:48 PM
carmen said...

You are so funny! The dessert sounds delicious – can't wait to make a mistake on purpose by accident??!! LoVe YoUr BlOg!

June 28, 2009 06:44 PM
Terri said...

Sprinkle in some toffee bits (or other candy bar: Snickers, Butterfingers, etc) and you've got a masterpiece!

June 28, 2009 07:29 PM
Amy Hamberlin said...

Yum, yum yummyness! Wow I can't wait to mess up a cake! Maybe this afternoon!

June 28, 2009 08:45 PM
Samara Link said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it. Such a talented family…

June 28, 2009 08:50 PM
Devon said...

Looks delicious!!

But where's the layer of beef sauteed with peas and onions????

(Name that reference!)

June 28, 2009 09:36 PM
Zack and Victoria said...

My family does this all the time… except for we call it "better than sex cake" hehehe We layer Choc cake, cool whip, toffe bar crumbles, and we layer it twice. IT IS DELISH!!!!

June 28, 2009 10:49 PM
Erika said...

I was all happy to see something I can actually make from your blog – usually I just read and dream of making.

My favorite Trifle is similar to this.

But I fold in the whipped cream and pudding. But also add toffee bits and caramel sauce and condensed milk inbetween the layers.

June 28, 2009 11:13 PM
Sheri Howard said...


June 28, 2009 11:35 PM
Sara V said...

Wow- that looks great! What recipe did she use for the pudding and cake?

Did you know Cake Wrecks featured your burger cake (as a GOOD cake, not a wreckie- don't worry!) in a Father's Day post?

June 28, 2009 11:45 PM
The Momma said...

The same day you posted this, I had made a miserable batch of fudge, and then tried to resurrect it into a brownie/cake sort of thing. That got over baked and was rock hard. But your post had me convinced I should try to make this work somehow and it worked! and

June 29, 2009 12:05 AM
Anonymous said...

Looks delicious!! Perfect solution. Maybe I need to mess up something this week, too! :)

Rachel S

June 29, 2009 12:15 AM
mamma3monkeys said...

ok. Seriously. When did you stop making those cakeballs? Because I got so tired of seeing just that (like hearing a popular song, over and over and over and over again) that I left off coming to your site to see what's new. I wasn't feeling very inspired any more, but I was at cakewrecks and saw the fathers day things you made, decided to see if it was worth try to come back here regularly, and I notice you have been doing OTHER things besides cakeballs for a while now! WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE TELL ME!?!?! j/k . But seriously, thank you for varying your stuff a bit more and inspiring me once again to go bake something with my neglected 7 year old. (I have 18mo old twins, so it's not for lack of trying!). *hugs* thank you!!!!

June 29, 2009 12:42 AM
JillS said...

I think I may actually bake a chocolate cake just to make this! So yummy!

June 29, 2009 01:32 AM
Kelly Bryan said...

I make this all the time, with one minor addition – crushed Oreos in every layer (on top of pudding and cool whip). It is a huge hit every time!

June 29, 2009 02:00 AM
Jessica said...

Oh my!

June 29, 2009 02:31 AM
janet said...

This is great! Messing up a cake sounds like something I can do…since my baking skills are less than perfect! I use my trifle for another yummy dessert.
Layer brownies, bananas, strawberries, and cool whip…OH GOOD STUFF!!
Going to try the messy cake dessert soon!

June 29, 2009 02:45 AM
Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Your trifle looks delicious! And soo easy. I did a slightly more involved trifle, with my messed up cake –

June 29, 2009 07:48 AM
Aubrey said...

I make this dessert alot, actually. The only thing I do a little different is I also grab about 6 SKOR candybar's, throw them into the food processor until they are like a powder, and add that on top of the whipcream layers. Mmm Mmm Good!

June 29, 2009 12:53 PM
Erica from Cooking for Seven said...

Hmmmm…I love chocolate trifle. Yours sounds delicious. Last time I made trifle, I used coffee pudding and heath bars. Delicious!

June 29, 2009 02:04 PM
The Fritz Family Blog said...

ADD crushed heath bars to your trifle. EXTRA YUMMY. I keep some in the freezer for just this occasion.

June 29, 2009 03:43 PM
Benson & Sarah Garner said...

MMM!! I love this! A lady I work with makes it with heath bars and yeah – way to easy to eat!!

June 29, 2009 04:08 PM
Seanna Lea said...

I've taken to making individual cakes (using a biscuit cutter to cut out pieces of cake), and I keep the leftovers to make trifle. I need to use up a couple of cake scraps that way.

June 29, 2009 06:25 PM
Curley Family said...

Another way is instead of making the pudding the regular way, use 1/2 cup water and 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 box of pudding. Once that is all mixed fold in 8 oz of cool whip and use that-ADDED SUGAR, such a sweet dessert. I use brownies instead of cake too. :P

June 29, 2009 07:13 PM
Kristi V said...

I make this every year at Thanksgiving and for any other family event. I can't walk in the door without it or they all get upset. I make it with brownies each time and sometimes add heath bars, or caramel syrup. It is YUMMY!!!

June 29, 2009 07:23 PM
Jaden Paige said...

Yeah we make this all the time with the crunched up heath pieces as another layer… it is SO good! We call it "punch bowl cake" :)

June 29, 2009 07:33 PM
Anonymous said...

For those not in the US, Cool Whip is a cheap imitation of whipped cream, it's mostly artificial, there's no real cream in it. But it sure is yummy!

We've been doing this for years with failed cakes or cake scraps. My sisters and I came up with a sigar-free trifle for our diabetic dad using a sugar free lemon pound cake from the store, blueberries, sugar free lemon pudding… it was always slightly different every time we made it, but it always disappeared within 5 minutes at the family reunions! Something about cake mixed with pudding and cool whip just makes it all taste even better–it just jumps out of the bowl and into your mouth!

June 29, 2009 08:06 PM
Laura said...

I never thought you were going to say that it was a broken cake! This will help me when mine breaks on me!!!

June 29, 2009 08:12 PM
Amy said...

The last time I did this, I made cake balls. :)
But, I have made a trifle before from messed-up brownies. If you want to add a little pizazz, mix some of your favorite liqueur into the cool whip.

June 30, 2009 04:55 AM
Elaine said...

Once I made a gorgeous cheesecake, topped with a fancy design of cherries & blueberries, and stuck it in the freezer to "firm up" a bit. When I pulled it out, I hit the dish against the door, and it slid partway off the plate! I quickly put it on the counter and tried to slide it back. Well, it collapsed, and was an absolute mess. I scooped it all up and put it in a glass bowl – voila, cheesecake trifle!! I never got so many requests for a recipe before. Now I make it that way on purpose (in a pinch, I've even bought a cheesecake and stirred it up with a can each of cherry & blueberry pie filling).
LOVE this site!!

June 30, 2009 11:16 AM
I Love Brownies said...

YOU must KNOW that I am now officially drooling all over my laptop! Chocolate = heaven.

June 30, 2009 04:19 PM
Mari-Leigh Smith said...

I am going to give this a try this weekend. I have a cake pan that no matter what I try, the cake always sticks! I was going to get rid of it, but I might just have to hold onto it now. My husband and son are choco-freaks, so I might try chocolate whipped cream to make it even more chocolately!

June 30, 2009 05:16 PM
Michelle said...

Oh I'm making this for July 1st celebrations here in Canada tomorrow !!

it looks very yummy and easy !!

July 1, 2009 02:53 AM
Tracey W said...

yeah, we do this, but instead of cake, we use brownies, and we add chopped up heath bars in between the layers. it's my most requested dish actually. so easy.

July 1, 2009 04:18 PM
twinmommy2 said...

This is my favorite dessert to make and so easy!! I add a layer of crushed up Skor bar and drizzle it with chocolate syrup and carmel syrup! HEAVEN!!

July 2, 2009 12:45 AM
Katherine said...

I have the same recipe but mine calls for brownies instead of cake. And I crumple Heath or Skor bars on top.

July 2, 2009 03:53 AM
Jen from Windy Ridge said...

Making this pregnant lady swoon!

July 2, 2009 05:28 PM
Anonymous said...

this is a trifle I make all the time! I actually crush up HEATH bars and use it for the topping. Its delicious!

July 3, 2009 02:32 AM
Bakerella said...

It's official. I am missing out on the whole Heath candy bar thing. I've never had one before, but I plan on correcting that very soon.

I must have a go at this myself with some of your suggestions.

Brownies? Candy Bars? I'm in.

July 3, 2009 02:50 AM
emy said...

Amazing…that is giving me enough confidence to try and bake a cake and not worry about how it would turn out!

July 3, 2009 02:21 PM
Jessica said...

My mom makes a trifle with brownies, chocolate pudding, cool-whip and tops it with Heath chunks. Delicious!!

July 3, 2009 04:42 PM
Classy Broad Jewelry said...

I did the same thing when my mom's birthday stuck to the cake pan. My niece declared it the best cake I never made.

July 8, 2009 10:07 PM
Katelyn said...

I don't know if anyone has said this already because I'm too lazy to read all of the comments, but this is one of my favorites, but I also blend up some oreos and layer that as well. YUM!

July 9, 2009 11:04 PM
Dee said...

I had the same happen to me. I messed up a cake…what to do. I did almost the same but I layered softened ice cream into it. Now I have to make them for everyones birthdays. The last one I had to make was a lemon cake, with vanilla ice cream, add strawberrys and blueberries. Topped with whiped cream and a lil fruit and zest. oddest one was mounds ice cream with choc cake. yum!

July 12, 2009 10:51 PM
Donna C Brown said...

This really brings on the raves at a party or a church supper. I always drizzle some carmel syrup in the layers and add some crumbled brickle bits, can't remember the name of them right now.

July 19, 2009 02:36 PM
Roshni's Paper Trail said...

I make this all the time! My mom got the recipe from a co worker and let me tell you its even better if you add some chopped toffee candy bars in the layers!

July 21, 2009 07:19 PM
angela said...

my grandmother makes this…she calls is "chocolate sin". and boy is it…yum!

July 23, 2009 10:38 PM
Becca said...

I do this with brownies and layer crushed up heath bars (or other candy) in between layers. We call it "death by chocolate"!

August 6, 2009 04:19 PM
Nicole said...

Add crunched up SKOR candy bars on each layer of whipped cream and it's even yummier!

August 11, 2009 10:27 PM
cathi said...

Excellent dessert!!

August 21, 2009 03:58 PM
Kacee Hogg said...

A friend of mine makes that by cutting up brownies and then adds strawberries to the layering. It is one of our favorite desserts

August 28, 2009 08:10 PM
Anonymous said...

my fiance's mom makes this…with a layer of butterfingers. I've also done it with oreos

September 4, 2009 03:02 PM
Melissa said...

Made this with my 2 yr old helper, we had a great time! It was for my grandfathers birthday, he ate 2 helpings which means he loved it! He even asked to take some home! Although my 3 sons thought I had gone mad when i destroyed the perfect chocolate cake! Thank you!

September 25, 2009 07:35 PM
Melissa said...

I added Heath topping to mine, and I added a half cup of brewed coffee …just poor a portion of the half cup on the top of each ‘cake’ layer and it makes the cake part really moist. You can’t taste the coffee. It just gives it a little more flavor.

November 15, 2009 04:13 PM
Kate said...

Yum… I’m making this right now, as shown in the picture! Chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. I think I’ll add some mini choco chips on top. Can’t wait for dessert!

December 3, 2009 08:33 PM
Yum said...

How do you cut this and be able to eat it without having it look like a mess..

December 26, 2009 03:34 PM
bakerella said...

Yum – you don’t cut it. You scoop it out.

February 3, 2010 10:00 PM
anasasi said...

I love, love, love this trifle. My family makes the cake (on purpose) the day before, pokes holes in it, and then laces it with 1/2 cup of Kahlua. We usually use fresh whipped cream instead of the cool whip (worth the extra 10 minutes if you have the time, tastes outstanding combined with the refreshing Kahlua soaked cake), and as others have mentioned, we layer a good amount of toffe bar bits on top of the whipped cream. This tops my list for favorite summer deserts. In fact, even though it’s not summer I think I’ll go start one now……..mmmmmmmmmm!

February 19, 2010 11:39 AM
Taylor said...

Your stuff is so AMAZING!!!!!

February 24, 2010 06:02 PM
Elisa said...

I’ve been making trifles for years-i use all those ingredients but also add heath bar pieces and chocolate hot fudge in the middle of the layers to make it extra ridiculous!

March 22, 2010 07:32 PM
Maggie said...

Someone will have to carry me out on a sretcher after eating THAT!!!

April 23, 2010 09:50 PM
Maria said...

I made this for a dinner party – HUGE hit! Thanks for the great idea! Cake served with a spoon is awesome…..

June 1, 2010 04:26 PM
Avni said...

lots of chocolate!

July 1, 2010 02:03 PM
Anonymous said...

I’ve seen this at Whole Foods Market. Its called a “chocolate parfait”. Yummy

July 15, 2010 12:48 PM
Michele said...

Trifle is one of my favorite desserts, and this one looks especially delicious! I love how you can take a mess and turn it into a delicious masterpiece. It’s great how you can make so many variations on this trifle- the possibilities are endless!

October 18, 2010 10:42 AM
Lois Smith said...

Bake Brownies or chocolate cake, crumble up in pieces, take chocolate pudding & strawberries with glaze, take turns dropping spoonfuls of each around trifle bowl then put layer of cool whip on top, then repeat again for 2nd layer, YUMMY !!!!!!!

November 5, 2010 01:07 PM
Jennifer said...

This is one of my daughter’s favorite desserts. I make it with devil’s food cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream & oreo’s. Delish!!

November 9, 2010 08:09 PM
Lindsay said...

We made a yummy trifle too but instead of cake we layered halloween oreos! When it sits overnight it makes the oreos mushy. It is delicious!

November 9, 2010 11:00 PM
Leilani said...

In addition to the suggested heath bars, you should also try pouring about 1/8th – 1/4 cup of Kahlua over the chocolate cake layers! It’s SOOO delicious.

December 10, 2010 04:01 AM
Dawn said...

My aunt is a home economics teacher, and I’d forgotten she recommends exactly this recipe when a cake crumbles. It’s absolutely delicious and oh-so-easy to make. You can also use vanilla cake and banana pudding – really, any combo – but chocolate is ALWAYS the best!! Thanks for reminding me of this!!

March 15, 2011 07:36 PM
jenny said...

This is definitely a delicious dessert! My friend makes that seam exact thing but adds heath bar bits to each layer! Mmmm!! You could totally add any candy bar bits for a delectable taste!

April 2, 2011 12:39 AM
Ingree said...

This has become the new house favorite! Easy peasy! But we like it with chocolate mousse instead of pudding :)

May 12, 2011 08:16 PM
Courtney said...

I made these yesterday and it was a huge hit!! It was so yummy and very easy to make!

May 16, 2011 09:10 PM
Isabelle said...

I will definitely make this! When we finish re-making our kitchen and we have an oven…. It look delicious!

June 13, 2011 11:33 AM
Stephanie said...

My mom called hers Chocolate Delight! Her twist? She added a softened block of cream cheese to the Cool Whip in the middle and topped it with plain whipped topping.

June 25, 2011 12:06 PM
Nikkie said...

I didn’t do the chocolate pudding,
instead I just used chocolate cake, whip cream, and chocolate syrup. and put it in the fridge.


June 29, 2011 09:08 PM
Meg said...

Could I use any kind of cake or just chocolate? I was thinking of using red velvet.

July 9, 2011 01:27 PM
shelby said...

omg girlz your making me hungry with all ur ideas. im a baker an every week i try something diff. this week is all trifles. thank you so much for all the yummy ideas. :D

July 22, 2011 09:26 PM
Jac said...

Cool Whip? Really? Why?

October 13, 2011 04:27 AM
Gina said...

Love it, Love it, Love it.

November 15, 2011 02:28 PM
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December 26, 2011 07:16 PM
Sam said...

Replace the pudding with strawberries and it is
muy delicioso!

April 5, 2012 01:17 AM
Christine said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!! i have to try this soon! …. really soon :)

April 10, 2012 06:57 PM
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