There is something so elegant about trifles. And a trifle consisting of layers of moist chocolate cake and airy nutella mousse is something that our best dreams are made of.
These trifles are a treat for the eyes and tummy. They come together quick and can be made in advance. I like to use a light chocolate cake for the layers, but feel free to get wild and use brownies too 😉
The mousse is light and airy, and makes for a fabulous trifle. It’s delicious and has a great consistency and texture, and I would imagine it would also be amazing as a frosting or filling for a cake.
Nutella Mousse Trifles
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup hot coffee
- ½ cup neutral flavored oil
- ½ cup milk, whole or reduced fat
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream, cold
- ¾ cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
Topping/ Garnish Suggestions
- Chocolate shavings
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Whipped cream
Preheat oven to 325°F and set aside a greased 8-inch square baking pan or 9-inch round baking pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together coffee, oil, milk, vanilla, and egg.
Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture, and whisk until thoroughly combined. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan and bake until an inserted toothpick near the center comes out clean, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a large bowl, whisk whipping cream on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. Add Nutella and gently fold until thoroughly combined and no streaks remain.
If desired, transfer mousse to a piping bag.
Cut cooled cake into bite size pieces.
Divide half of the cake pieces amongst the serving dishes (or a single dish). Pipe or spoon half of the mousse over the cake. Top with remaining cake and mousse. Garnish as desired.
Trifles must be kept refrigerated until ready to serve.
Trifles can be completely assembled and kept refrigerated for up
to 4 days.