Dish of chocolate trifle with whipped cream

Chocolate brownie trifle

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins - 30 mins Cook: 5 mins - 10 mins


Serves 10 - 12

A naughty chocolate version of a traditional trifle, and so easy to make. Layer chocolate brownies, custard, Irish cream liqueur and whipped cream for an indulgent treat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal538
  • fat39g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 500ml pot ready-made chilled custard (look for one with real vanilla)
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
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  • 400g shop-bought chocolate brownies
  • 3 tbsp coffee
  • 100ml Irish cream liqueur, plus 1 tbsp extra for soaking the brownies
  • 121g bag Maltesers
  • 500ml double cream
  • 25g icing sugar


  1. Put the custard and chocolate in a saucepan. Gently heat, stirring, until the chocolate has completely melted into the custard. Cover the surface with cling film to stop the custard forming a skin, then cool.

  2. Sit the brownies in a trifle bowl and mix together the coffee with the 1 tbsp Irish cream liqueur. Drizzle all over the brownies. Use a rolling pin or saucepan to gently bash the bag of Maltesers a few times to crush a little, then sprinkle about three-quarters over the brownies. Spoon the cooled chocolate custard all over the top, then cover and chill.

  3. Make the final layer by combining the cream and 100ml Irish cream liqueur in a bowl. Sift over the icing sugar, then whip until soft peaks form. Cover and chill until you’re ready to serve.

  4. To serve, give the cream a quick mix, then spoon on top of the chocolate custard. Scatter over the last few crushed Maltesers to decorate.

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27th Dec, 2019
This has been our Christmas staple two years running and always steals the show. I skip the coffee, and don’t bother with extra sugar in the cream, it’s not really necessary. If you don’t have maltesers, then grated dark chocolate works just as well sprinkled over the cream.
19th Apr, 2019
Made as the last post did, and perfect!
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3rd Jan, 2019
Made this for New Year’s Eve party, all disappeared very quickly, really yummy. Not too boozy for kids (I didn’t put the Baileys in the cream though, just on the brownies). Supermarket had run out of posh vanilla custard so I used the normal chilled one, probably even nicer with the fancy one but nobody seemed to mind! Will definitely make again, I’ve had requests! Thanks for the recipe!
31st Dec, 2018
So good! I will definitely make this again!
1st Jul, 2018
This is a pure winner, you cant go wrong, it's quick and tastes fantastic!
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Mrs Bevlar
26th Feb, 2017
I have already commented on how good this pudding is (see below). I made it again yesterday using Tia Maria rather than Baileys and in my opinion, it was so much nicer. I just sloshed it in :) I also left out the alcohol from the cream and I think the whole thing is now perfect!
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Mrs Bevlar
4th Jan, 2017
A really lovely recipe and so easy to make. I used Baileys this time, but I think the next time I make it, I will use Tia Maria and not add the liqueur to the cream. You could also use shop bought or home made chocolate cake in this recipe rather than the brownies and I think it will still be delicious! It was enjoyed by my family at New Year and I suspect it will be a recipe I will be asked to make again and again! :)
28th Dec, 2016
Just made this, haven't tasted yet so will update later. Made with Kahula as has no baileys when I went to the cupboard! Also left the maltesers out as didn't fancy them in this. I also made my own brownie as I was making some a few days ago anyway, so made a double batch, I used the best ever recipe on here. I used 3tbsp of strong already made coffee, I think this is what would be best, anyother way would be too strong. Again I will update. It looks so impressive, can't wait to present it to my friends.
18th Dec, 2016
Does the recipe means tablespoons of instant coffee granules, or made up liquid coffee?
5th Jan, 2017
Made up coffee as it has to soak into the brownies


12th Jan, 2019
Please can you tell me if this can be made without coffee or if is there a replacement that can be used?
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14th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. The coffee serves to bring out the flavour of the chocolate but you can replace it with 3 tbsp water (no flavour), drinking chocolate (sweet) or cocoa (rich) - choose according to your taste.
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11th Apr, 2017
Please can you tell me how far in advance this can be made? Can I make it the day before, or is it best if it's made on the day? Thank you!
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13th Apr, 2017
Thank you for your question. You can make this a day ahead. Leave the assembly in step 4 until you're ready to serve for best results.
18th Dec, 2016
Yes I'm confused with the amount of coffee as well, does anyone know?
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20th Dec, 2016
Hi there, apologies for the confusion. It's 3 tbsp of brewed coffee not granules.
16th Nov, 2016
Hi, does anyone know is it 3 tablespoon of espresso or of coffee granules/powder? Thanks in advance! Can't wait to make it... sounds yum!
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20th Dec, 2016
Hi there,It's 3 tbsp of brewed coffee not powder. You can use whatever you have. Enjoy!
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