Chocolate Toffee Trifle

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 10 servings
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1 box chocolate cake mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)

1/2 cup coffee liqueur

2 cups fudge sauce, recipe follows, or 1 (16-ounce) jar fudge sauce

3 chocolate covered toffee candy bars, broken into pieces

1 1/2 cups heavy cream whipped and sweetened with 1/3 cup sugar

Hot Fudge Sauce:

1 (4-ounce) bar German chocolate

1/2-ounce unsweetened chocolate

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 2/3 cups evaporated milk

1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Prepare the cake according to the package directions for a 9 by 13-inch cake. Cool thoroughly.
  2. Prick the entire top of the cake with a fork. Pour coffee liqueur over the cake and allow it to soak in. Wrap the cake with plastic and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Slice the cake into 1-inch thick pieces.
  3. Line the bottom of a large glass bowl with a single layer of cake. Pour 1/4 of the fudge sauce over the cake, top with 1/4 of the candy bar-bits then 1/3 of the whipped cream. Repeat layering 2 more times ending with fudge sauce and candy bits. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Hot Fudge Sauce:

  1. To make the sauce: Melt the German chocolate with the butter in a saucepan over very low heat. Stir in the powdered sugar, alternating with evaporated milk and blending well. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the mixture becomes thick and creamy, about 8 minutes. Stir in the vanilla.

Cook’s Note

Assemble the trifle shortly before serving or it will get soggy.