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April 4, 2007

Ultimate Chocolate Trifle

I think I might have driven Steve a little nutty with regard to him being in the office on his birthday. But I think he will agree that my badgering was worth it! For Steve's birthday his request was simple, "Something chocolaty". For a few months I've been waiting for the right time to unleash what I think might be the king of chocolaty-ness: A Chocolate Trifle. What's a Chocolate Trifle you ask? Well, it starts with chocolate chip brownies, which are then topped with chocolate mousse, and layered in fresh whipped cream. This process is then repeated twice and when you're finished, you're left with a pristine whipped cream surface on which to sprinkle little curls of decadent Swiss milk chocolate. If this isn't "something chocolaty", I don't know what is.
As sweet as this dessert may be, it is a little bit bittersweet because it will probably be the last I make for Steve on his birthday. I've had the pleasure of working with, and baking for, Steve for the last three years and next Friday will be his last day at SerSol. But today we will not be sad; we will celebrate and stuff our faces with a dessert fit for a king. Here's to you Steve! Thanks for being such a great leader!

Ultimate Chocolate Trifle Recipe
Yield: I made this for a crowd and was able to get 25-30 servings. 

  • Double Batch of Ghiradelli's Award Winning Double Chocolate Brownies . This recipe can be found on the back of the can of Ghiradelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa can. Almost any brownies would work with this recipe except for super fudgy ones. And if you're in a hurry or don't want to make brownies from scratch, you can use your favorite boxed mix.

  • 1 batch of Chocolate Mousse (I used this one)

  • 1 1/2 pints of whipped cream, whipped with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Be sure to only whip it until very soft peaks form. If you over whip it, just add more cream to soften it up. You don't want it too thick.

  • 1/4 cup of milk chocolate curls


Prepare mousse and refrigerate.

Bake the brownies as indicated in the recipe. Cool completely.

Prepare whipped cream.

Depending on the size of your container, start with a layer of brownies, then top with the mousse. If the mousse gets too thick, thin it out with cream. Then top with a layer of whipped cream. Keep layering until you run out of brownies. Whipped cream should be your last layer. Top with chocolate curls.


  1. I'd like to make some meaningful parallel between Steve and this dessert, but I just don't feel right describing Steve as fluffy, creamy, and delectable. Rich? There we go :) This is so good!!! Happy Birthday, Steve!

  2. While everyone else recovers from their chocolate coma (I've developed immunity by now), let me be the first to say "ooooooooooh..."

  3. I go completely bananas for a good trifle.. and with chocolate? Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe.


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