Kahlua Chocolate Trifle

"WOW WOW WOW...I don't know how to describe this...if you like KAHLUA and Chocolate, MAKE THIS! I don't mean to yell, but I can't contain myself :) Several hours of chill time are required, so keep that in mind."
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photo by Huntergirl
photo by PanNan photo by PanNan
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  • Prepare, bake and cool cake in a 9 x 13 inch pan according to package directions.
  • Poke holes in cake with fork and pour KAHLUA over top.
  • Refrigerate several hours or overnight and cut cake into cubes.
  • In a large bowl, prepare pudding mixes with milk according to package directions.
  • Using a large clear glass bowl or trifle dish, layer 1/3 each of cake cubes, pudding and Cool Whip.
  • Repeat layers 2 more times.
  • Refrigerate until serving time.

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  1. Musical Joy
    Excellent! I made this for my daughter's Preschool Christmas/Teacher Appreciation luncheon, with one *small* change ---- no Kahlua! No alcohol allowed in the school. Instead, I used caramel ice cream topping on the cake - it was wonderful! I chopped up 3 Nutrageous candy bars and put them between layers (just 2 layers) and on top, along with some Christmas spinkles. It was a hit. It does make a lot -- try it - you'll love it!
  2. ckambic
    It was only bc of the rave reviews that I decided to try this. Although the flavors did seem to blend together better the next day, I was not that impressed with the results. If I would make this again, I would use chocolate mousse. The instant chocolate pudding just didn't have enough of chocolate umph for me.
  3. *Huntergirl*
    YUM!!! This trifle was beautiful and delicious. I made as is except for adding toffee bits around the edge of each cool whipped layer. I really like the addition of the toffee bits so might add more next time. Thanks for the recipe! :)
  4. Laylagirl
    Holy Moly!! This was a gorgeous and delicious dessert. I had my daughters and their families home for the weekend. I always try to make something special for dessert and I outdid myself with the help of your recipe. The kahlua intensifies the chocolate flavor and makes it pop. I put it together in a footed trifle bowl which made a stunning presentation. Thanks Karen, for posting this excellent recipe.
  5. a_mead
    This needs to be made with fresh whipped cream .....not Cool Whip! Too many chemicals in that stuff and the taste is no where near what you achieve with fresh whipped cream. That was my substitution and the dessert was very tasty!


  1. Vanessa W.
    Added Heath bars for a new texture and substituted chocolate syrup for Kahlua
  2. PanNan
    Delicious dessert. I used Amaretto instead of Kahlua for my family's preference. I thought a cup might be too strong, but it was just right. I used the cook and serve type packets of chocolate pudding instead of instant and made fresh whipped cream with sugar and vanilla instead of using Cool Whip. For the garnish I grated a couple of chocolate chips over the top. I'll definitely make this again.
  3. mermaidmagic
    This is a very flavorful dessert. I too used fresh whipped cream instead of cool whip and find the flavors compliment eachother beautifully. I did make one change to the recipe and that was to add the Kahlua (3/4 cup) to the cake batter before cooking. I wanted the alcohol to burn off so that the little ones could enjoy this also. The end result was great and received many rave reviews. Thank you for posting this keeper.


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