I was on the hunt for an Irish dessert for my church pot luck and ended up with this deliciousness instead. Is it Irish? Not exactly. The original recipe calls for Bailey’s Irish cream which a) I couldn’t find anywhere in the grocery store and b) didn’t realize it was alcoholic. So I scrapped that and went for a good old fashioned mint trifle instead. I mean really? Who doesn’t love a trifle dessert? What I love is that this isn’t loaded with an overwhelming amount of mint. It’s just sprinkled throughout and adds the perfect touch.
This is the first of my trifle recipes that uses cake. I LOVE how light cake makes a trifle dessert. As much as I absolutely adore brownies, they are a little richer and heavier. The cake is so light and fluffy and really makes for this mint trifle to be the perfect end to a fantastic meal. If you haven’t seen my other trifles, they are worth a peek: Peanut Butter Trifle, Chocolate Brownie Trifle, Raspberry Brownie Trifle, and most recently my 5-Ingredient Pineapple Fluff Trifle!
Chocolate Mint Trifle
- 1 (9x13) Devil's Food cake, baked, cooled & cut in 1/2'' cubes
- 4 c. cold milk
- 2 (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 (16 oz.) Cool Whip whipped topping
- 5 oz. Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips
- In a large bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mixes together for two minutes. Let stand until soft-set (at least two minutes). Place a third of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. glass bowl or trifle bowl. Top with a third of the pudding, whipped topping and sprinkle with baking chips; repeat layers twice. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Can you see the very, very subtle tint of green to the whipped topping? It is very faint. Well, if you’ve been around for a little bit you know that I’m not a big fan of artificial food coloring. I’ve made this trifle twice. The first time I made it I was in a hurry and did use food coloring. Honestly, it killed me a little inside. Not that this dessert would be categorized as healthy, but there are certain things that I really feel strongly about avoiding. Food coloring is one of them. The second time around (pictured) I decided to research natural food coloring ideas. I present you cool whip that has been colored with: fresh spinach & collard green juice. I know – crazy right?! You can’t even tell whatsoever in the taste. I feel much better having discovered a better way to color the topping. Now I’m anxious to play around with other natural food colors!