Mocha Macadamia Trifle with Mascarpone Cream | #SundaySupper

Holey socks, isn’t that a mouthful?

Here is what I love about trifles:

  1. They are super-simple, yet look so fancy.
  2. They are a life-saver if your cake sticks in the pan and falls apart!

You don’t have to waste that cake – just throw one of these together.

Mocha Macadamia Trifle with Macarpone Cream from The Foodie Army Wife

Traditionally, a trifle is layers of cake, pudding and fruit. But you can get very creative and make them just about any way you can imagine.

This particular trifle is a combination of parts that you can use to make any number of dessert variations.

 

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (or spray with non-stick cooking spray) a 9×13 inch cake pan. Set it aside.

In a cup or bowl, combine 1/4 cup instant coffee and a cup of hot water. Give it a stir and set it aside for the coffee to dissolve.

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In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa, a teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter teaspoon of salt. Stir it all together and set it aside for now.

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Measure out a half cup of buttermilk and set it next to your stove top.

In a saucepan, melt a cup (2 sticks) of butter over medium low heat.

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As soon as it is melted turn off the heat. Whisk in the coffee mixture and the buttermilk.

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In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs.

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Now ladle a little of the buttery coffee mixture into the eggs while whisking them. This will temper your eggs so you don’t get scrambled eggs in your cake!

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Pour the warmed eggs into the saucepan with the rest of the liquid, and then stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

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Pour liquid mixture into the large mixing bowl with your dry ingredients and stir it together until just combined.

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Pour it into your cake pan and bake for 35 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick.

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Cool completely.

When the cake is totally cooled, you’ll make the cream.

This wonderful creamy mixture can be used for more that just the trifle. You will only make a smooth creamy mixture today – but with just a couple more minutes of whipping – you will have created a luxurious and flavorful

Mocha Frosting!!

 

In a chilled mixing bowl, combine a pint (2 cups) of heavy whipping cream and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar.

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Add in 8 ounces of Tiramisu flavored Mascarpone Cheese. (If you can only find plain, that is okay – I have an option for that)

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Add in two tablespoons of Kahlua or other coffee liqueur. (If using plain mascarpone, increase this to 1/4 cup)

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And finally add in 2 teaspoons baking cocoa.

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Beat these all together until smooth. Don’t forget to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula. Do not beat the cream to death – you aren’t looking for soft or stiff peaks, just a smooth consistency.

(If you do whip this to stiff peaks – you will have created that luxurious and flavorful mocha frosting!)
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Now to put it all together!

If you have a trifle bowl (kind of like a square-ish clear punch bowl) use that, or any good-size clear bowl if you have it.

Take that lovely cake and cut the whole thing into a bunch of pieces, all about 1 1/2 inch or so.

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Layer 1/3 of the cake in the bottom.

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Next layer 1/3 of the cream over that.

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And then sprinkle it with 1/3 cup of roasted, chopped Macadamia nuts (you’ll need 1 cup total). Continue repeating the layers, until you have three layers of each, ending with the last of the nuts.

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We’re almost there!

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For the final touch, grab a chunk of good quality chocolate and shave some off, making about 2 tablespoons of shavings.

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Sprinkle it all over the top. Oh my!

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Now all that is left is to spoon some into your dish and Mmmmmm…

Enjoy!

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Mocha Macadamia Trifle with Mascarpone Cream

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 1/4 c instant coffee granules
  • 1 c very hot water
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 3 Tb baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Cream
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese (preferably tiramisu flavored)
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tb Kahlua or other coffee liqueur (1/4 c if you use plain cheese)
  • 2 tsp baking cocoa
  • - Chocolate for shaving

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch cake pan. Set it aside. In a cup or bowl, combine the instant coffee and hot water. Give it a stir and set it aside for the coffee to dissolve. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Stir it all together and set it aside for now. In a saucepan, melt your butter over medium low heat. As soon as it is melted turn off the heat. Whisk in the coffee mixture and the buttermilk. In a small bowl, whisk your eggs. Now ladle a little of the buttery coffee mixture into the eggs while whisking them. This will temper your eggs so you don’t get scrambled eggs in your cake! Pour the warmed eggs into the saucepan with the rest of the liquid. Stir in the vanilla. Pour liquid mixture into the large mixing bowl with your dry ingredients and stir it together until just combined. Pour it into your cake pan and bake for 35 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick. Cool completely.

Note: If you are making this a regular cake, dress it up any way you wish. You can also bake this as two 8 inch round layers, for about 25 minutes, or until they test done.

For the Cream

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with wire mixer until they are smooth. Don’t forget to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula. Do not beat the cream to death – you aren’t looking for soft or stiff peaks, just a smooth consistency.

Note! If you do whip this to stiff peaks – you will have created a luxurious and flavorful mocha frosting!

To assemble the Trifle:

Remove the cooled cake to a cutting board, and cut the cake into small cubes, about 1 1/2 inches. Completely cover the bottom of a trifle dish or any other large clear serving dish (if you have one). You should use about 1/3 of the cake. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture over the top of the cake layer. Sprinkle 1/3 of the nuts over the cream. Repeat the process creating three layers of each.

Finish off by sprinkling the shaved chocolate over the top.

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This Sunday, we are doing recipes that we have been dying to make – things that have been on our list forever, and it was time to cross them off! I have been looking for an excuse to make this dessert, and then New Year’s came along, and I made it for a party – knowing this post was in my near future. It was finally the perfect opportunity!

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Comments

  1. theninjabaker says

    This is a keeper recipe, Conni! I made a trifle many moons ago for a colleague's farewell party when I worked in the corporate world. But your wonderful photos and detailed instructions make me want to get out my lovely trifle glass and go to town with The Foodie Army Wife's Mocha Macadamia Trifle with Mascarpone Cream!

  2. says

    I was just thinking the other day it has been too long since I made a trifle. I love them too and so does my family. My mom and sister-in-law are major chocolate lovers and their birthdays are coming up soon. I'm saving this and thinking about making it for our family birthday celebration.

  3. says

    Trifles are such a saviour when you need to use stale cake or make up an easy dessert. The flavors here are probably my favorites, I love mocha! And this is a great recipe. Your site looks great by the way!

  4. says

    Whoa now. So many good things to comment on here:
    1. Tiramisu mascarpone? are you serious?! It's probably for the best that none of the stores near me carry that or I'd probably have trouble fitting through the door. I love mascarpone so much, I named my cat that!
    2. This trifle looks incredible! Macadamia nuts, coffee and chocolate? Ohh boy.
    3. Your nails are great. Just had to throw that in there. Love sparkles :)

  5. kellybakes says

    Whoa now. So many good things to comment on here:
    1. Tiramisu mascarpone? are you serious?! It’s probably for the best that none of the stores near me carry that or I’d probably have trouble fitting through the door. I love mascarpone so much, I named my cat that!
    2. This trifle looks incredible! Macadamia nuts, coffee and chocolate? Ohh boy.
    3. Your nails are great. Just had to throw that in there. Love sparkles :)

  6. says

    OH EM GEE, Conni – I just had a religious experience staring at all your glorious photos. You are a genius! You've put everything I love and hold dear in the world into one, amazing, layered concoction. My BFF made a fruit trifle years ago that I absolutely fell in love with. I've always wanted to recreate it but I think I'll have to start instead with this mocha macadamia number!

  7. smallwalletbigappeti says

    On yum! You could have just stopped at the cake and I would have been happy but then it just kept getting better and better

  8. says

    I was dieing to see the recipe ever since you posted the pics on instagram. I need to find me some tiramisu mascarpone! This trifle looks divine. I would have had no problem eating the whole thing in sitting. No I don't need a plate. Just a spoons please. and the whole trifle. Thanks! :)

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