Fudgy Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Mousse #SundaySupper

When a holiday or special event rolls around, a showstopping dessert like this Fudgy Brownie Trifle is a must!
Fudgy Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Mousse | 3 outrageously delicious layers plus chocolate curls!

Fudgy Brownie Trifle

I love a traditional English trifle with sponge cake, jam, custard and cream, but  this outrageously decadent fudgy brownie trifle with a whipped cream chocolate mousse may sway you to the dark side. Dark chocolate side, that is! I baked up some fudgy brownies, cut them into cubes and layered them with doctored up vanilla and chocolate whipped creams.

I saw Bill eyeing the recipe I had written out that was resting on the counter. He never looks at my recipes, but apparently the aroma of these brownies piqued his curiosity. This fudgy brownie trifle with chocolate mousse was a slam dunk hit with the whole family. That rarely happens!! So if you’re hunting for a dessert for Labor Day or any special gathering,  give this a try!

Fudgy Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Mousse

Tips for Making a Trifle:

  • You’ll want clean, unmuddied layers if you’re using a glass trifle bowl. After putting the brownie squares in the bowl, carefully spoon the filling into the center of the bowl. Using a Small Offset Spatula, spread the filling to the side of the bowl. The fillings can touch the glass, but you want to avoid splattering or smearing the glass sides with the fillings.
  • The classic trifle includes drizzling some liquor over the “cake.” For an adult version, I think some Kahlua would be lovely with the brownies.
  • The options are endless. Use chocolate pudding instead of the chocolate whipped cream, chocolate cake instead of brownies, etc.
  • I used this Trifle Bowl which has a 15 cup capacity. If your dish is larger, you may need to use the full batch of brownies and make extra filling.
  • I used 1 cup of whipped cream for each of the two fillings. The chocolate cream was quite thick so I drizzled in about a 1/4 more heavy cream so it was a similar consistency to the vanilla cream. Feel free to adjust as you see fit.
  • To have the smoothest creams, make sure to sift both the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder or you will have many small lumps. Using cold cream cheese will also prevent a smooth filling so don’t forget to let it sit out on the kitchen counter for at least an hour before using.
  • If you’ve never made chocolate curls, check out my technique on this Triple Chocolate Cheesecake post. Warning: it’s tough on a hot day!!

Fudgy Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Mousse

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Fudgy Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Mousse | 3 outrageously delicious layers plus chocolate curls!

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Fudgy Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Mousse #SundaySupper

Serves 12-16 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 1 hour 30 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 1 hr 56 mins

A scrumptious twist on the classic trifle with brownies, vanilla and chocolate whipped cream!

Ingredients

    Homemade Brownies or 1 box browine mix, baked (need a brand that calls for a 9 x 13-inch pan)

      Homemade Brownies

      • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
      • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
      • 1 1/3 cup cake flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt (use 1/2 teaspoon if you use unsalted butter)
      • 2 cups sugar
      • 4 eggs
      • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

      Vanilla and chocolate whipped creams

      • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
      • 1 pint plus 1/4 cup heavy cream, divided (2 1/4 cups)
      • 1 cup powered sugar, sifted, divided
      • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
      • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract,divided

      Instructions

      1. Bake packaged brownies according to package. Cool and refrigerate until cold. Or make homemade brownies by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with non stick foil. Set aside.
      2. In a large microwave safe bowl, add the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stopping and stirring until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Set aside and let cool slightly.
      3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour baking powder and salt. Set aside.
      4. Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture, then whisk in eggs and vanilla (make sure chocolate isn't hot or your eggs will scramble). Then fold in flour mixture.
      5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the pan comes out with only a few crumbs.
      6. Cool on rack then place pan in the refrigerator to chill.
      7. When brownies are cold, make the whipped creams. Put one package of cream cheese in each of two large bowls. Beat each until light and smooth. Add one cup of heavy cream, ½ cup powdered sugar and 1½ teaspoons of vanilla to each bowl. Add the cocoa powder to one bowl. Beat the vanilla only bowl first, until the mixture is the consistence of well whipped cream. Repeat with the chocolate cream, adding up to ¼ cup more heavy cream to loosen the cream as needed. Refirigerate while cutting the brownies.
      8. Remove brownies from the refrigerator. Using the foil as a sling, remove the brownies to a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch cubes (I only used about ⅔ of the batch. Save the leftovers for snacking).
      9. In a trifle bowl or other glass dish, cover the bottom with brownie squares. Top with half the chocolate cream, then top with half the vanilla cream. Repeat with more brownie squares, chocolate cream, then vanilla cream.
      10. Garnish with cocoa powder, chocolate curls or berries, as desired.

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      Recipe Notes

       

      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per ServingAs Served
      Calories 759kcal Calories from fat 463
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 51g78%
      Saturated Fat 31g155%
      Transfat 1g
      Cholesterol 197mg66%
      Sodium 260mg11%
      Carbohydrate 69g23%
      Dietary Fiber 2g8%
      Sugars 53g
      Protein 8g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories2000
      Total FatLess than65g
      Sat FatLess than25g
      CholesterolLess than300mg
      SodiumLess than2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate300g
      Dietary Fiber25g
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      Comments

      1. This will be a star in the dessert buffet!

      2. Who wouldn’t love this? I’m heading on over, dark side!!

      3. Who wouldn’t love this? I’m heading on over, dark side!!

      4. I would definitely prefer this to a traditional trifle – love the chocolate on top too, so pretty!

      5. This looks delicious Liz! Perfect for Labor Day!

      6. Just gorgeous LIz.

      7. I have been dying to make a trifle! I love the simple yet rich flavors of this one.

      8. Looks like perfection!

      9. Yum! That looks amazing. The fact that Bill was interested says it all.

      10. What a perfect trifle! Fudgy Brownies and all the creamy goodness! I cannot wait to have this!

      11. It looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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      12. Oh my goodness! Do you deliver, Liz?

      13. Loving the layers, Liz! Gorgeous!

      14. Kristen Chidsey says:

        THIS is THE dessert my mom made for all family parties. And I absolutely LOVE it.

      15. You’ve outdone yourself here, Liz! I don’t think I could even share this :). YUM!

      16. Oh, it looks delicious, Liz! I make one very similar to it and it’s always a hit as I know yours is also. A perfect dessert to make everyone happy!

      17. No wonder Bill was hanging around, this is surly a show stopper!

      18. My absolute favorite things in a trifle! Pinning this gorgeousness Liz!!

      19. When my husband is curious about a recipe, he would ask me how it’s made. He would later recite it back to whomever is asking as if he makes it all the time . Haha! This trifle looks delicious and decadent, Liz!! It’s so perfectly layered too! I have always found layering in glassware a bit of a challenge.

      20. Love those pretty chocolate toppings, dear! xoxo

      21. Making chocolate curls sounds really fun AND the fast track to my children’s hearts. Off to check out your tutorial.

      22. This looks fantastic and easy to prepare!!!

      23. Just beautiful, Liz!

      24. Hi Liz, this is great. I hope you bring it over to Food on Friday to share with everyone as part of Pot Luck. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

      25. YESSSSSSSSSSS! Loving all that chocolate, rich, goodness!! Looks so delicious.

      26. Trifles always look so impressive! This one is gorgeous and a chocoholic (like me)’s dreeeeam

      27. Oh my goodness Liz you are pulling out all the stops! This is a beautiful presentation.

      28. Do you mean 2-8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese? It says 2 ounce packages? I am confused

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