Chocolate Trifle: The Easiest Chocolate Dessert Ever

Last Updated on May 5, 2020 by hungryoungwoman

Although I love chocolate cakes, I think this is my first chocolate recipe on the blog. Yayy to that! A Chocolate Trifle doesn’t necessarily need a recipe, it’s just something anyone can whip up at home.

My younger sister used to make this chocolate trifle recipe at home since childhood as it was so easy and also because we weren’t allowed to use the oven until we were about 15! She mostly invented the recipe with ingredients that were a staple in our house; digestive biscuits/ graham crackers, fresh cream, condensed milk (optional), and chocolate cake.


Yes, we always had chocolate in either muffin or cake form at home! Sorry, all those mums that exempt kids from having chocolate!

This could actually be the best chocolate dessert ever!

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The recipe first starts with preparing a strong coffee and dipping the biscuits in them, you can almost call this a Chocolate Tiramisu as it has a nice mix of chocolate and coffee.

We later proceed with crumbling readymade or stale chocolate cake.

Another mixture is made of the condensed milk and fresh cream. For those who think this might end up too sweet, you can skip the condensed milk and just add cream.

Now, begin layering the trifle with biscuits first, then chocolate cake and lastly, cream mixture. I like to sometimes top my Chocolate Trifle with chocolate sauce and nuts.

It’s best to use clear dessert bowls so that your layers show. See bowls similar to mine here.

Since my dad’s a big fan of walnuts and pecans, I add an extra layer of those for him. The best part about this recipe is that you can change it each time and it would taste different! Also, there are so many ingredients you can add to the Chocolate Trifle.


Read below for the complete recipe of Chocolate Trifle:

I exclusively use McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits for the trifle recipe and try to layer the cake using a mixture of cream and Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk. While sometimes I do make the cake myself, I find myself using Betty Crocker Cake Mix when I’m short on time. Line the layers in your favorite Dessert Bowl and you’re ready to go!

How to Make Chocolate Trifle:

Chocolate Trifle

A delicious and easy no bake recipe that makes in minutes! Can also be called Chocolate Tiramisu!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chocolate tiramisu, chocolate trifle, chocolate trifle cake
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author hungryoungwoman


  • 12 Graham crackers/digestive biscuits
  • 1 cup Dark/ black coffee
  • 200 grams Chocolate cake or muffins
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Condensed Milk
  • Nuts


  1. Dip your biscuits into dark or black coffee and layer them into your dessert bowls. I like to use very bitter coffee with milk. The number of biscuits used depends on your dessert bowls, mine holds exactly 1 biscuit per layer so I've estimated 3 layers of biscuits per serving 

  2. Lay your crumbled cake or muffins next 

  3. Next, mix the condensed milk and heavy cream in a bowl. If you don't like it too sweet, you can skip the condensed milk and just use cream

  4. After the cream layer is done, you can add a layer of sliced nuts or continue making the layers till you reach the top of the dessert bowl

  5. OPTIONAL: I sometimes like to top of the Chocolate Trifle with chocolate ganache or melted chocolate 

Recipe Notes

You can refrigerate this recipe for about 2 hours before serving 

Other ingredient options: The same can be done if you have a vanilla sponge or even lemon cake! Try dipping the biscuits in either coffee or chocolate milk if you aren’t going for a chocolate cake.


If you’re looking for a perfect no-bake chocolate dessert recipe (if you have the cake already made!), this might just be it for you! Uses all the ingredients mostly found in kitchens and isn’t a real recipe to stick to.

Would you use this recipe of Chocolate Trifle? Let me know…

Until then, happy eating! xx

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