Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir
16 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

A half cup of Kahlúa gives this mocha-chocolate trifle a kick. Chocolate lovers will appreciate this dessert that's lighter in calories but big on taste. Don't skip the toffee, you'll want that crunch!

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 3

Combine milk and pudding mix in a medium bowl; prepare according to package directions.

Step 4

Tear half of cake into pieces; place in a 3-quart bowl or trifle dish. Pour half of Kahlúa over cake pieces; top with half of pudding, whipped topping, and chocolate bars. Repeat procedure with remaining cake, Kahlúa, pudding, whipped topping, and chocolate bars. Cover; chill at least 4 hours.

Ratings & Reviews

doylecm's Review

December 31, 2011

Cindygold's Review

May 24, 2010
I made this for a luncheon. Rather than the toffee, I used caramel sauce. It was incredible. I used dark fudge brownies, and fat free cool whip. Everyone absolutely raved. The Kahlua really makes it great. My sister suggested using other liquers like amaretto. Maybe next time, but the Kahlua is so good, can't imagine anything better!

JaniceVM's Review

December 17, 2009
I've made this at least a dozen times. I ALWAYS double the Kahlua (actually - I just liberally pour it on - it really makes a difference). Use 12 oz cool whip, for sure. And I buy regular english toffee (Skor) and chop up - again, liberal use because everyone wants a crunchy nugget in their serving (4-6 bars works).

Notimetocook's Review

November 22, 2008
A hit since the first time I made it. Always recommended by my chocolate loving friends. Great w/mini chocolate chips if you don't have the toffee crunch, strong coffee is a good sub for Kaluha and I recently made the cake w/the box mix & a can of seltzer.