Growing up in my house we enjoyed trifles for the holidays. Don’t know what a trifle is? It is a layered dessert that usually has a sherry-soaked cookie layered with custard or cream and a fruit. My family made orange flavored so there would be layers of lady fingers with orange jello, canned tangerines and custard. To be honest, I did not enjoy them when I was younger… I would pick around the jello and just eat the custard.
I decided to do a more modern version that might speak to those of us who enjoyed the worms and dirt dessert. You remember those cups that had chocolate pudding layered with Oreo crumbs and a little gummy worm? That’s what I wanted to make but adult-style. Oreos, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, chocolate cake… YUM!
1 – ‘Liv for Cake Chocolate Cake’ or boxed chocolate cake, baked, cooled and cut into 2-inch cubes
2 – Packs of instant chocolate pudding (3.4 oz packets)
1 – Family-sized package of Oreos
1 – 16 fl oz carton of heavy whipping cream
You do not need a fancy glass trifle dish pictured above to have success with this dessert. You can use whatever deep dish/bowl you have or even do individual servings in smaller bowls.
Step 1: Bake the cake! Either way you go (boxed or from scratch) this dessert will be delicious but if you have the time and ingredients, Liv’s chocolate cake is SO GOOD! You can find the recipe here: Liv’s Classic Chocolate Cake. Once it is out of the oven let it cool and then cut into 2-inch squares. This is not an exact science so don’t go measuring it! While the cake is baking and cooling you can prepare the other components.
Step 2: Since the pudding needs some time to set up I start with that! I used instant packs so it only took about 5 minutes for it to set but I put it in the fridge to get it cooled.
Step 3: I worked on the Oreos. You will need to reserve 20 whole Oreos and the rest will be turned into Oreo dust. The easiest way to do this step is with a food processor but you can use a plastic baggie and a hard blunt object if you don’t have one.
Step 4: I worked on the heavy whipping cream. I usually leave this until I am ready to construct the dessert so it stays nice and fluffy. You will need a hand-held mixer, hand-held food processor or a stand mixer. Just dump the entire carton of heavy cream into a bowl and whip on high until it is firm and set, about 3-5 minutes depending on your method.
Step 5: Now comes the construction phase… This is fun and I also eat as I go because it is just a thing that I do haha plus you usually have left overs of each thing after you fill your edifice. You can’t really mess this up so start with whatever layer you want! I usually go cake, pudding (so the cake gets moist), whole Oreos, whipped cream and then some Oreo dust.
Step 6: You can decorate the top however you feel looks best, this particular time when I took the pictures I added some standing Oreos but I have used some dust to cover the top… layer the Oreos flat… put big dollops of whipped cream into mounds. Totally up to you and what you feel looks the best!
Put it back into the fridge until you are ready to serve. To serve, just go in with a spoon and scoop into a bowl. It won’t come out perfectly but make sure to get all of the layers!
I hope you enjoy this delicious treat as much as my family and I do! If you try it out let me know how it goes in the comments and tag #timewithtasman!