Total Time
8hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 hrs 30 mins

Easy to make and delicious! Looks beautiful served in a trifle bowl.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk.
  2. Cover surface with plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Remove plastic wrap, and add cream cheese.
  4. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended.
  5. Gently fold in whipped topping.
  6. Combine hot water, Kahlúa, and espresso.
  7. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise.
  8. Arrange 16 ladyfinger halves, flat sides down, in a trifle bowl or large glass bowl.
  9. Drizzle with 1/2 cup Kahlúa mixture.
  10. Spread one-third of pudding mixture evenly over ladyfingers.
  11. sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cocoa.
  12. Repeat layers, ending with cocoa.
  13. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.


Most Helpful

I love this recipe and have received rave reviews every time I make it. I mix the Kahlua with Triple Espresso Vodka for a litlle different taste and I always make a bit extra to really soak the lady fingers. This recipe makes a lot - I use 2 9"x9" pans. I brought 1 pan to a party and froze the other one. After 3 months in the freezer, I defrosted it in the fridge, and it still tasted great and as light and fluffy as the day I made it. I did add an extra splash of Kahlua just to give it a little kick - freezing it slightly reduced the alcohol taste.

viniferous February 06, 2012

Your friends will think you're a master chef when you serve this dessert. It's WONDERFUL yet quick and easy to make! Instead of ladyfingers, I use Sara Lee's frozen pound cake. I also use just enough of the Kahlua mixture so that it soaks into the pound cake slices approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through which prevents it from getting too mushy. It's in my family's "Tested Best" Recipe book.

Chef MurphyGirl January 01, 2011

This is a FABULOUS trifle recipe - especially for tiramisu lovers! I first found it on Cooking Light's website and made it with a girlfriend...and it's become a staple ever since! The sweetened condensed milk adds just enough sweetness and the Kahlua gives it the "wow" factor. I use one 6-serving box of vanilla pudding, but I've also tried it with butterscotch and that's yummy too. And in addition to cocoa, add mini-chocolate chips on top of each layer. I've served this at many dinner parties and everyone raves.

dessertgirl718 February 19, 2008

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