Death by Chocolate


For the Trifle:

1 chocolate cake, baked and cool. If you need a recipe, this is my go-to chocolate cake that can be thrown together in a snap
1 cup Bailey's Irish Cream (or you can use Kahlua, Godiva Liqueur, or something similar)
1 package (3.9 oz/4 1/2 cup) Jello Brand Chocolate instant pudding, prepared as per the directions on the box
1 package Dark Chocolate Tim-Tam cookies, chopped into bite sized pieces (or Oreo's, chocolate chip, ANYTHING!)
6 Mars bars, chopped into bite sized pieces (or Snickers, Milky Way, or anything you LOVE)
Hershey's Syrup

For the mocha whipped cream
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (be sure to sift to avoid lumps!)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon instant espresso (not espresso grounds!)

To prepare the whipped cream, combine ALL ingredients into the bowl of a stand-up mixer. Beat on high until peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.


Once the cake has completely cooled, poke entire cake with a fork, all over. Using a pastry brush cover entire cake with the Bailey's. I ended up pouring it on SLOWLY since it would have taken forever just brushing it on. Do use your pastry brush to spread the Bailey's out evenly.

Let the Bailey's soak in the cake at least over night in the refrigerator. You want it good and drunk.

Take your bottle of Hershey's syrup and give the bottom of yout trifle dish a good squirt. Think of the syrup here as glue. Yummy, edible, glue.
Next cut up the cake half-hazardly and using a spatula (I have a small cookie-size spatula that works wonders here) transfer it in into the bottom of the trifle dish. Using the bottom of the spatula gently compact the cake. It will be gooey don't worry, that is just from the booze.
Spoon HALF of the pudding onto the cake and spread evenly.  Sprinkle on some of the chopped cookies in an even layer. You could also mix the cookies and candy if you wish.  Then give a good drizzle of the Hershey's syrup over the candy.  Repeat with another layer or cake.  Cover cake layer with remaining pudding.  Sprinkle on the chopped Mars Bars and another healthy squeeze of chocolate syrup over the pudding.  Cover with another layer of cake.  Sprinkle on another layer of cookies and Mars Bars and top with a squeeze of syrup. 
Add a generous dollop of the mocha whipped cream to the top. I usually don't spread the whipped cream to the edges. You want to show off all that yummy yummy madness creeping out underneath. Add a sprinkling of cookies/candy to the top and refrigerate for at least an hour to let everyone marinate.
Dig in and enjoy!