Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Very easy to put together. This is trifle, and not the same as the Tiramisu dish we all know. A high dish will give you three layers, in a low dish you will probably end up with two. The recipe I found in a magazine, the recipe there uses 2 cups of custard but I like to use three, it is really to taste. Here in the Netherlands we can buy the custard ready made in cartons (vanille vla) If that is not the case in your part of the world you will have to make the custard or use a vanilla instant pudding.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the coffee and liqueur in a wide dish.
  2. In another bowl mix the mascarpone with the custard until smooth using an electric hand mixer.
  3. Take about a third of the sponge fingers and dip them in the coffee/liqueur mix and line the bottom of a glass dish with them, drizzle a bit more of the liquid over the sponge fingers.
  4. Now sprinkle over a third of the chocolate followed with a layer of the Mascarpone/custard mix.
  5. Repeat twice.
  6. Chill for at least 2 hours or up to a day.
  7. Just before serving sprinkle with the almonds and more chocolate.
Most Helpful

5 5

A lovely dessert! I wasn't able to find mascarpone so I used Substitute for Mascarpone Cheese to make a substitute. I also used 3 cups of vanilla instant pudding instead of the custard. Because I was going to be serving it to children as well as adults I cut the amaretto back to 3 oz. and increased the coffee amount by 3 oz. to make up for it. I felt this was a nice balance as there was still an amaretto flavor present but it wasn't so strong that the children couldn't enjoy it too. I was a little heavy handed with the grated dark chocolate but no one seemed to mind. Hehe! Thanks for sharing this terrific dessert recipe Pets!

5 5

I wish I could give this more than five stars! It deserves at least ten. I used pudding instead of custard and had to substitute the mascarpone cheese with cream cheese and sour cream but it was still awesome. My dinner guests raved about the dessert and one of them is a pastry chef! No one would ever believe how easy this one was!

5 5

If someone asks you to bring a dessert, this is the one you want to bring! I had some Instant Bird's Custard in the house (British convenience food) and a chocolate marble loaf cake from the supermarket (these things have an amazing shelf life and are always there when you need them). I made up some good strong instant coffee (Taster's Choice chocolate flavored coffee), and the whole thing took me about 10 minutes to put together, maybe even less. My coffee loving hosts were in ecstasy!