A Favorite Dessert

by | Nov 17, 2008 | From Thy Bounty, Recipes | 7 comments

PhotobucketToday, we will be having a Holiday Foods and Feast Fair over at Catholic Cuisine. I am really looking forward to reading through the different traditions and recipes that will be shared!

Whenever we are headed out to my parents for Thanksgiving or Christmas, my mom usually asks me to bring some of the desserts. I recently shared a favorite recipe for Frosty Pumpkin Dessert which is SO SUPER YUMMY, but I thought I would take this opportunity to share another of our favorites, Cappuccino Mousse Trifle.

My hubby and I love Tiramisu. However, it is so time consuming to make that I rarely ever make it. So when I found this recipe, in one of my Pampered Chef Cookbooks, which is very similar to Tiramisu, and OH SO MUCH easier, it was an instant hit!

Cappuccino Mousse Trifle


  • 1 (16 ounces) frozen prepared pound cake
  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1/3 cup instant coffee granules
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
  • 2 containers (8 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 square (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate for baking


  1. Cut pound cake into 1-inch cubes; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk milk and instant coffee granules. Let stand 5 minutes or until dissolved.
  3. Pour 1 cup of the milk mixture a measuring cup; set aside. Add pudding mix to remaining milk mixture in bowl; whisk until mixture begins to thicken. Gently fold in one container of whipped topping.
  4. To assemble trifle, place 1/3 of the cake cubes into bottom of a bowl. Pour 1/3 of the reserved milk mixture evenly over cake cubes. Top with 1/3 of the pudding mixture, pressing lightly. Grate 1/4 of the chocolate over pudding mixture. Repeat layers 2 more times, reserving the remaining grated chocolate for garnish.
  5. Fill a decorator with 1 cup of the remaining whipped topping; set aside. Spread remaining whipped topping over entire top of trifle, creating a smooth surface. Decorate by piping rosettes around edge of bowl. Grate remaining chocolate in center; sprinkle with cinnamon.

Yield: 10 servings

What is your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert?


  1. cate

    GAH. That looks phenomenal. My favorite dessert for Christmas time is Black Forest gateaux, but I might scrap that this year in favor of yours instead!

  2. Aimee Landreneau

    I might have to try that. My hubby and I love tiramisu also. One of our favorite date nights is to get a sitter (usually family) after the kids are in bed and head to Olive Garden or Carino’s to share a tiramisu.

    One of my favorite holiday desserts is so easy to make. We get Borden’s Golden Vanilla ice cream (or any vanilla you like). Plop some ice cream onto a piece of plastic wrap. Fold it up and shape the ice cream into a ball. Repeat until you have enough servings. After they are frozen, roll them in a bowl of pecans (chopped fine) so that they are coated all over. Refreeze. Serve with homemade chocolate sauce (I can’t find that recipe). So easy and simple, but SO YUM!


  3. Sarah

    Yum! Looks great, and super simple! My favorite holiday dessert is my grandma’s recipe for Coconut Balls. Think a bon bon flavored kind of like a Mounds Bar with coconut and pecans, topped with dark chocolate. YUM! I hope to post the recipe on my blog sometime between now and Christmas! 🙂


  4. Jessica Gordon

    Oooohhh! Those all sound so yummy!

    Aimee ~ I found out this year that I am intolerant to dairy, but recently found a line of ice cream made from Coconut Milk that is SO delicious! I am going to have to try and make some of those Ice Cream Balls with it! Yum!!!!

    Sarah ~ Those sound delicious! I’ll be watching for the recipe 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    Mmmmm…that looks wonderful and no-bake fills my requirements!
    I made a pumpkin trifle one year that was so good, I think it had gingersnaps involved. Thanks for reminding me of trifles, how had I forgotten them?

  6. Pamela

    I will have to try this for sure. I have not had tiramisu in years since we lived in Chicago almost 9 years now!! I am looking forward to trying this out very soon.

  7. Marci

    Sounds sooo DELICIOUS!!!


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