Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Trifle

For some reason, I have always had a secret obsession with trifles. The gorgeous set of colours peaking through the glass, layered over each other looking like a work of art, and not one but multiple layers of sugary goodness! what’s not to love?

Chocolate and vanilla trifle with brownie

I must admit though, when it comes to trifles I am a little lazy. The idea of making the many layers separately, then having to arrange them individually usually makes me stray away from the idea of making them. But on a day when I was having another of my chocolate cravings and also feeling a little more creative than usual, I decided to have a go. Now I must warn you, this thing is rich!  When I mean rich i mean even me; a person who has the biggest sweet tooth, ALWAYS has space for dessert and is a chocoholic, was only able to eat almost half of it. But it definitely is a winner! With creamy layers of chocolate pudding, crème patissiere and pieces of fudgy chocolate brownie, it really is a must try!

Chocolate and Vanilla trifle with brownies

Chocolate & Vanilla Trifle


   Chocolate Pudding

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1  1/2 tablespoon corn flour
  • 2  1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups (750ml) of milk
  • 75g dark chocolate

    Crème patissiere:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 45g cornflour
  • 600ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Chocolate Brownies (Adapted from Laura Vitale’s recipe)

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour


  • For the brownies, preheat your oven to 170°C and grease a 8 x 8″ baking tray covering the bottom with baking paper
  • Beat the room temperature butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined
  • Melt the dark chocolate and allow it to cool for a few minutes before adding it into the mixture along with the rest of the dry ingredients
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs.
  • Allow for it to cool, meanwhile move on to the crème patissiere


  • Heat up the milk on a low-medium heat until it comes to a slow simmer
  • In the meantime in a bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow
  • Add in the cornflour to the egg mixture and combine
  • Slowly pour in the heated milk into the egg mixture making sure to whisk at the same time to avoid the egg from scrambling
  • Combine the mixture then bring it back onto the stove on a medium heat and mix until it thickens up and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Add in your vanilla extract then transfer the mixture into a separate bowl, covering the top with cling wrap touching the surface of the creme and place into the fridge to cool.


  • For the chocolate pudding, combine all the dry  ingredients with the milk into a pot whisking to ensure there are no lumps and cook over a medium heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Break the chocolate into pieces and add it into the pudding to allow it to melt into the mixture.
  • In order to assemble the trifle, cut the brownies into squares then small cubes.
  • Using cups of your choice, layer the trifle with pieces of brownies, crème patissiere and the chocolate pudding.
  • Repeat the process as many times as you desire

*Optional: I placed some macadamia nuts in between the layers which cuts through the creamy texture adding some crunch.

chocolate and vanilla trifle


11 thoughts on “Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Trifle

  1. Pingback: Mum’s Speciality Chocolate Cake | Keep it Cooking

    • Glad to have you visit my blog Nammi 🙂 thankyou! I’ll be posting more recipe’s soon including chocolate macarons so keep an eye out for them 🙂

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