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.

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205 comments on “Triple Chocolate Trifle”

  1. Yum, that looks absolutely delicious! I'll definitely have to give this a try soon. The whipped cream and putting combination sounds perfect for a hot summer's afternoon.

  2. i wish you had better pictures! but form what i do see it looks yummy (:

  3. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  4. A friend of mine has this same accidental "recipe" She calls it "messy-cake". The only difference is she crumbles up those chocolate toffee bars (like Skors or Heath) and tosses those in there for a little texture. Also so delish.

  5. My Grandma taught us to do this exact same thing but after you layer the cake, pudding, and cool whip you add a crunched up Heath Bar (Toffee). SO GOOD!!!

  6. Yum! That might be a great cool dessert for our hot weekend.

  7. I did this with lemon when I had an accident and also with strawberry (on purpose) and modeled it after death by chocolate. You can check them out here:

    Death by Lemon
    Death by Strawberry

  8. Add in some crushed up Heath bars, and it is wonderful!

    Also, you can add a bit of Baileys into the cake after it is baked; before you make the layers!

  9. This looks like a great recipe..I can't wait to try it! Isn't wonderful when cooking "mistakes" turn into something wonderful? May I recommend the pampered chef trifle bowl? I LOVE this trifle. It's great because the base comes off for easy transport, and so that the leftovers (if there are any) can easily be stored in the fridge. It also has a lid. You can find it on my website:

  10. I love Trifle and that looks delicious – I make mine with Chocolate Fudge pudding for one layer and vanilla for another – so it goes like this – cake, vanilla pudding, whip cream, crushed skor bar, cake, chocolate pudding, whip cream skor bar – yum!!!!

  11. Oh, that looks so good! I will have to make a mistake soon too… :)

  12. Oh I love this!! :)))You made me smile! :)

  13. This is so good!!! And theyre right about the Heath bar- it's so good with it!!!! It's light enough that you forget how much you really ate!

  14. Love it!!

    I think I would have thrown some cakeballs in anyway… know…just to make sure there was enough chocolate. :)

  15. Oh yum! I just love it when mess-ups turn out so deliciously wonderful!

  16. I agree with the comment about adding crushed up Heath bars (or just add toffee bits)!!! Yummy! We call it Death by Chocolate!!!

  17. Mmmmm, some people are so creative!

  18. chocolate pudding, the one that comes in a box?

    I love this dessert there´s a deli here that sells this but instead of pudding and cool whip they use jam (raspberry or apple) and chantilli (sp??) on top… delish!!

  19. Yum! I make this with vanilla pudding, angel food cake, strawberries and blueberries layered. There is also one you do with devils food cake, chocolate pudding, cool whip and your favorite kind of candy bar chopped up

  20. I just added, "accidentally screw up chocolate cake", to my to-do list for tomorrow. :)

  21. What a beautiful "mistake"! It looks absolutely delicious! I'll have to try this the next time I wreck one of my cakes.

  22. Thank goodness it's almost bedtime here because I have cool whip and pudding in the fridge and a cake mix in the cupboard…if it were earlier in the day that picture would have tempted me big time.

  23. If this was for your birthday….Happy Birthday! If not, how sweet of your sister to make you a cake just 'cause!
    Thanks for sharing the yummy!

  24. Definitely looks delicious! :)

  25. I love this recipe, instead of cake I use the dry edges from brownies. I save them each batch I make.

    I did screw up a homemade cake and crumbled it into a bowl. I melted the frosting and poured it on top and called it bowl cake. It was yummy served warm.

  26. How clever of her! And how delicious this looks! I love it. laurie

  27. This is the best! The only thing I do different is I add chopped Reeses pnut butter cups. YUMM!! We have done it with fruit. The possibilities are endless!

  28. Mmmm, reminds of what my sister makes: she adds score bits, and butterscotch pudding, and turns it into a caramel dream.

  29. We call that Death by Chocolate and use chocolate mousse instead of pudding and layer in some crushed Heath candy bars – to die for!!!!


    I need some cake now!!!!

  31. I crumpled up heath bars on top! Oh yeah!

  32. That does look absolutely delicious!!!!!!

  33. This is definitely my favourite way of using up cake scraps – I discovered it after making a topsy turvy cake, which involved lots of trimming. I like mine with custard and fruit. :-) Mine generally don't look that classy, though.

  34. Oooo yum! I made a vegan trifle last year and it was SO much work i havent made one since, but it was sooo yummy :)
    It was certainly a great idea of your sisters to turn the mishap into such a masterpiece!


  35. It looks fantastic to me! And I love me some chocolate.

  36. oh goodie! cake i can play with!
    (and then of course, eat)

  37. mmm chocolate trifle!

  38. Oh man, I want some.

  39. I LOVE my trifle bowl. It makes an easy recipe look so fancy-schmancy! Thanks for the yummmmmmmmmmmmy reminder – I'll have to go dig mine out of my cupboard now.

  40. wow, wow, and more wow! excuse me but I have to let a cake fall right now!

  41. That looks so wonderful. I'm going to look forward to my next "mistake." though you could use whipped cream instead of cool whip?

  42. What a wonderful mistake!

  43. Yummmmmy yummmmmmy yummmmmy… I think one of this days I'm going to forgive that boring step of buttering my mold before baking a chocolate cake and then… Mmmmuahahahahahaha… Enjoying this amazing dessert. I'm getting older, you know and my head and mind are not as sharp as always, It's easy to forget things like that. ;-)

  44. I had a similar thing happen to me. tried to make a chocolate jelly roll and it fell apart so I took the pieces plus the marshmallow filling I made for the jelly roll and layered with a jar of fudge sauce. I called it "Chocolate Marshmallow Surprise". It was a surprise when you were expecting the cake roll!

  45. Delicious! Try sprinkling the cake with Kahlua and adding crushed Skor bars (Heath bars in the US) over the pudding layer – it's heavenly.

  46. I have a recipe like this called "Punch Bowl Cake." Just add some crushed Oreos between the other layers (mint Oreos are even better) and YUM, YUM!!

  47. ed to make this all the time when I sold Tupperware. We used the Largest Rock N Serve we had and called it "Death by Chocolate." Want to make it even yummier, add a can of cherry pie filling for Black Forest, YYYYYYYYYUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

  48. I make this, but I prefer it made with brownies, they stand up better to the pudding and whipped cream without getting soggy. And, I too, use toffee. I like to sprinkle mine with mini chocolate chips and Heath baking pieces between the layers. It's a real favorite 'round these parts.

  49. I agree with the Heath bar comments, but I use brownies instead of cake. The chewy brownies with the pudding can't be beat!

  50. Ooooh, yummy!

  51. Mmmm that looks so delicious!

  52. Now THAT'S innovation!

  53. I've been making these for years and they are so delicious. And it all started with a messed up cake too! I love the chocolate, and also do a yellow cake, peaches and whipped topping trifle. Yum!

  54. I love trifle and this one looks so good! YUMMY :O)

  55. I think with the chocolate craving my baby girl seems to be having all the time this might be fabulous! Except, I think I'll toss in some chocolate chips… who doesn't love chocolate chips!?

    Thanks for the idea, I have a *gasp* unused trifle bowl. =X

  56. that looks SOOOOO yummy!!! that's a great idea too. i'm also really glad you quoted Tim Gunn ;)

  57. oo I love it when messed up things turn out good anyway….I just found you blog and am so excited! I made my hubby stay up late with me to look through all your past blogs and am so excited to try making cake pops soon! Thanks for the great posts!

  58. That looks delicious!!! I just added "trifle bowl" to my list of things to get at the store! ;o) Can't believe I don't already have one!

  59. I've been making this for years. I call it Cake Scrap Dessert. I use the tops of cakes after I level them when making a wedding cake. Whenever I've taken it to a church potluck, the dish is scraped so clean I almost think someone resorted to licking it!Try crumbling up some candy bars in there. (My favorite: Butterfinger.) Or get fancy and use a vegetable peeler to shave a Hershey bar and cover the top with chocolate curls.

  60. Oh my! I hope she still used the chocolate chips, I would have. Altough I like one person's idea of adding crushed candybars and yet another of decorating the top with curled chocolate. I definitely have to make this!!!! What a great mistake.

  61. This is my son's Favorite dessert! But I use brownies instead of cake add layers of. Cool whip, chopped TWIX bars and Carmel sauce! The. Twix candy adds some crunch, the brownies add chewiness, the whipped topping and pudding keeps it light and cool, and the carmel sauce. . . Well what's not better with a little. Carmel!

  62. This is a great idea for any ingredients you like, I also make something similar but with angel food cake, whip cream, vanilla pudding, and butterfinger crumbles!!! Love these Trifle Desserts!

  63. Hello to the Baking Queen. I was wondering if you've ever made any sports/ball cupcake pops?! I'm thinking about doing a ball themed birthday party for my son's first and wondered if you had any inspiration for me! I've got the smiley face pop recipe post to go from, but was thinking the soccer ball, etc might be very time consuming? If you have any tips, I'd love some! Thanks!! :)

  64. Yummmm I have had these before but you add candy pieces of reeses or butterfingers or oreos just whatever your fancy and it makes it even Yummmier! Think I may just need to bake… I mean mess up.. a cake today. :)

  65. yum. i wish i had some of this right now

  66. Oh, that looks so good! If you could get the recipe from her, I would love that! It looks sooo good! Lol! I loved your #1..too funny! =;D

    ~Miss Rachel~

  67. I do this ON PURPOSE with brownies and I also add in crushed Heath bars into the layers! It's called "Death by Chocolate" and what a way to go! Yum!!!

  68. oh good lord. I want to inhale that right now.

  69. WOW, that looks awsome!! I just came across your blog and LOVE it. I am planning on making the "Hamburger and Fries" for my 5 year old son's birthday party next week.
    I just checked your blog out and look forward to seeing what else you have in store for us. I was wondering, do you have a "home made Recipe" for oreo cookies? I was just wondering if you had one that you would be willing to share. I would love to make those but don't have a recipe.Just thought I would ask. I look forward to keeping up with your blog. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

  70. decadent!

  71. Mmmmm I love trifle! I like to add a layer of frozen raspberries. I mix the Cool Whip with the chocolate pudding and then for the white layer I mix some Marshmallow cream with some softened cream cheese. And of course you have to throw in the candy of your choice (I usually use Junior Mints – sounds weird with the raspberries I know, but it is actually very good). I may have to try the Heath bar though because that sounds like it is a favorite. I mix the candy into the chocolate pudding.

  72. Yum! And should we be wishing you Happy Birthday or something? Was there a reason she was making you a cake??? :)))

  73. Looks like a delicious accident!

  74. oh so yummy, going to have to try it myself :)

  75. I've made a similar trifle, but added kahlua and toffee pieces. yummmm……..

  76. I wish you had this 2 weeks ago. i was doing my 1st ever wedding shower cake. I had the same problem with my 1st cake as your sister. I started all over and got it done in time. Luckly my family loves cake no matter how it lookes. I threw some icing on the bigger pieces and it was gobbled up. it would have been awsome to try this out with the mess i had.

  77. "Accidentally mess up your cake on purpose by mistake." haha I love it! This looks so so yummy. I will definitely have to try this next time a bake a cake mistake! :)Thanks!

  78. My mother made something similar with chocolate mousse instead of pudding.. called it death by chocolate. So freaking good.

  79. YUMMY!!!

  80. I want all my messed up cakes to look that delicious !!!!

  81. I saw someone who cut twinkies in half and put the open ends against the trifle bowl, layering with strawberries and chipped cream. It looked so beautiful. Pound cake is popular.

  82. Whaaa ! Je vais en rêver toute l nuit !!

  83. I have a similar recipe I do on purpose :).. but I add Amaretto to the pudding, include fruit in the layers, and use fresh whipped cream.

    I love to see your variations though and follow you daily on your new creations!

  84. add some toffee bits and its duper yumm-o! now i need to get a trifle dish…

  85. Looks yummy!

    There's nothing better than a happy accident in the kitchen.

  86. yum, I make something similar but with brownies instead of cake and add peanut butter in with the chocolate pudding

  87. I love to make trifle. My husband is diabetic and this is a dessert I can make that even he can have guilt free. I use sugar free pudding and usually I use angel food cake. You can go nuts and put all kinds of fun things in it. No matter what you do it looks yummy when you get done.


  88. I just made my yummy noise! Dang, that looks good!

  89. Adding health bar pieces to it would make it even better!

  90. Oh my gosh..I JUST had this last nite at Bunco. The host served this in a big margarita glass..and instead of cake, she used brownies..OH MY GOD….i thought I died and went to heaven…YUUMMMMMOOOOO

  91. I *heart* trifle…

    And that's all that needs to be said, isn't it?

  92. I just bought a SWEET triffle bowl just the other day and when it arrives I think this will be its maiden dessert!

    I got it from Pampered Chef and it has a removable bottom and a plastic lid- how awesome! Of course since it was PC it was an arm and a leg but I like to think of it as an investment :D

  93. this looks great!! I think it would be super cute to add a top layer of oreo "dirt" for a kids birthday treat!! I wish I had a sister!! haha

  94. Very cool! I'll have to try that!

  95. yum!! I've been craving chocolate pudding & cake all week & this just made me want to go make this!!! I can't wait to try it! :)

  96. I make trifles all of the time. I make a chocolate brownie one last night with peanut butter chips in it. I also made a berry one for father's day. It is on my blog… Delicious!

  97. This looks delicious! Mistakes always taste better!

  98. It's official. You can't post anymore. All of your posts make me want to run headlong into my kitchen and concoct something wonderful, chocolate, and delicious! (And my hips can't take it anymore!) :D

    Love the blog… one of my favs.

  99. I have actually made this too and it is sooo good.

    :) thanks for reminding me that I want to eat it again!

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