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Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Trifle

If you are following me on facebook, you might have seen the dessert I made last 4th of July...which is this Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Trifle. Trifle is a dessert made from thick custard, fruits, sponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin, and whipped cream which are usually arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the bottom, and custard and cream on top. I've long been wanting to make a trifle, but I've always been intimidated by it. I've seen a lot of versions and I've always been thinking that it's complicated and time consuming. But last July 4, I thought of experimenting with the ingredients available in my pantry and refrigerator to make my own version of trifle...and I ended up with this very gorgeous looking Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Trifle!

It was on Tasty Thursday of yesterday. In case you've missed it, I'm sharing you the recipe here today.  

  • 1 lb strawberry , thinly sliced (save 5 whole for decoration)
  • 6 Belgian chocolate thins for decoration
For the cake: (You can use ready cake mix like I did for this one or you can make your chocolate cake from scratch. You can even use ready store bought cakes if you don't have enough time to bake.)
  • 21.5 oz Betty Crocker Decadent Cake Mix (Chocolate Mousse)
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
For the pudding:
  • 5.1 oz JELL-O banana cream instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz. cool whip
For the mousse:
  • Mousse Mix that goes with the cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
To make an easy chocolate mousse from scratch, you'll need:
  • 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 12 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate

1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease bottom of two 8” round pans.
3. Beat cake mix, water, butter and eggs in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes.
4. Spread evenly into pans.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Let cool.
6. While cake is cooling, slice the strawberries and set aside.

7. Mix pudding with 3 cups of milk and whisk until thickened.
8. Fold in Cool Whip.

9. In a separate bowl, beat mousse mix and milk on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes.

If making chocolate mousse from scratch:
Mix chilled whipping cream at medium speed until the cream becomes almost clumpy. Set aside. Chop the chocolate into very small pieces and then melt. Pour the melted chocolate into the whipped cream and fold. Chill for at least one hour before using.

10. To layer, put 1 cake for 1st layer, then pudding for 2nd layer, then strawberries for 3rd layer, and the mousse for 4th layer.

 11. Repeat layers ending with the chocolate mousse.

12. Decorate with the whole strawberries and chocolate thins. I save a little pudding mix and use it for decoration too.

13. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving!

Hope you like it!!! 

Wishing you all a wonderful Friday! We are here in Wichita, Kansas now...and we are really having a great time. Sharing with you some photos from yesterday...


  1. Wow...that's such a beautiful, mouth-watering trifle! Love it :)

  2. Oh, Tina.. It looks so delicious :)

  3. It looks decadent! absolutely gorgeous and delicious. I love combining fruit with chocolate.

  4. Your trifle is definitely gorgeous, Tina. I like the mix of chocolate and fruit. Just divine. I enjoyed looking at your family photos. Beautiful family.

  5. You can't go wrong with a fantastic trifle.

  6. WOW Tina what a gorgeous trifle! Looks absolutely delicious!! :)

  7. You and your girls look so cute in your fresh summer outfits! and oh my goodness that trifle is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen...and by beautiful I mean "get in my belly!"

  8. Già avevo visto su facebook e mi sembrava molto buono, ormai guardando la ricetta sono certa che è una golosità.
    Bravissima!!! buon fine settimana!!
    Un bacio

  9. This trifle is a work of art!

  10. Such a beautiful and delicious looking trifle.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  11. Gorgeous trifle, Tina! I haven't made a trifle of any kind in over a year...and usually reserve that for the Christmas holiday.
    Guess Christmas is coming sooner than I planned. So pretty and yummy at the same time!!!

  12. I had seen this on Facebook! It looks incredible! Really beautiful presentation! And who can resist to chocolate mousse and strawberries???? Enjoy your time in KS!!!

  13. Yep, me too. I was literary saying WOW when I saw this picture on FB. You are one talented mom! I would never be able to make something like this!!!! So happy to see you and your family are having fun!

  14. Oh Tina this is heavenly! :D
    Beautiful pics! I love them all! ^.^