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


  • 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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24th Dec, 2016
Did you find an answer? I'm making it for xmas day and it doesn't make it clear.
14th Mar, 2016
Have made this twice now and it is a firm favourite with everyone that has tried it. Made my own gluten free brownies and put it together,all except adding the cream,the day before. We prefer it without the maltesers. Fabulous dessert and so easy.
18th Dec, 2016
hi did you use 3tablespoons of coffee granules, or made up coffee? Thanks
4th Jan, 2016
I made this for Christmas Day as an alternative to the traditional pudding. It went down really well and was so easy to put together. I put my own twist on it by making my own brownies and soaking them in Amaretto rather than Baileys as it's not my favourite. If I make it again, which I'm sure I will, I would make sure the brownies were really well soaked by increasing the coffee.
1st Jan, 2016
I have just made this for tonight so not tasted yet, in order for the coffee to dissolve properly I used a small amount of hot water as otherwise it's impossible, unless the recipe was calling for 3 tablespoons of already made coffee! I also made my own favourite brownie recipe mainly because I like to bake but also live in Australia and they are very poor at making commercial cakes ( most bake items actually!) I did think to add fresh black cherries which are abundant this time of year to give it a Black Forest twist.
31st Dec, 2015
This went down a treat on a girls' night! Such an easy recipe, and very lovely. Probably not one if you've got to drive afterwards though!


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