If I really sit down and think about it, trifles are my favorite dessert.
They can be as quick and easy or as "made from scratch" as you want. And there are so many different ways you can make them. I love coming up with new combinations.
I came up with this recipe when I was craving a German chocolate cake but didn't want to go through the hassle of assembling and decorating a layer cake. I also wasn't in the mood for a heavy frosting. The chocolate mousse layer in this trifle takes the place of a frosting but doesn't sit so heavily in your stomach.
I started with a cake mix since I think that box cakes work just as well in trifles as scratch made. I did, however, make my own mousse and coconut pecan filling. Because the mousse requires several hours to properly set up, I recommend making the mousse and coconut pecan filling the day before you plan to assemble the trifle. This dessert keeps beautifully in the refrigerator, so you can make the whole thing a day or two in advance of when you plan to serve it. It feeds a crowd and everyone will love it!Print
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