Vanilla Mocha Trifle Cake Recipe

My boys and I enjoy trying out new recipes and when it was time to come up with a cake for my mother- in- law's birthday all the knew was that they wanted something with coffee in it.  My mother- in- law loves her coffee.

We searched around a bit and after checking out a few different recipes we decided to make her a mocha flavored trifle cake... In case you don't remember we ended up making her a chocolate mocha trifle cake last year and that was a huge hit! 

We figured we'd make a similar cake this year with a few little changes.

We assembled our ingredients and set to work.


1 8 inch vanilla cake round-- baked and cooled
2 1/2 cups milk
2--  3.4 ounce packages instant vanilla pudding
1/4 cup instant coffee grannules
1-- 16 ounce container Cool Whip; thawed
Heath bars; broken into pieces

In the stand mixer we combined the milk, pudding mixes, and coffee grains. Mixing on medium speed until we had a soft set pudding.

Then we began layering the cake in the trifle dish.  I crumbled 1/2 the cake into the bottom of the dish, topped it with half the pudding mixture, 1/2 the whipped cream, and 1/2 the heath candy bits. Then I repeated the whole thing until my dish was full.

I like to prepare trifle cakes a good 12+ hours before we're going to eat it so that all the flavors have time to combine and the pudding and cool whip soak into the cake a bit.

In this cake the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate candy pieces were just so satisfying!

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  1. You know I love a good trifle. I’m so excited to try this! Happy Weekend lovely!

    1. I do too! We just threw one together this morning using vanilla cake, chocolate pudding, cool whip and fresh strawberries. YUM!

  2. I love a good trifle too, I love how forgiving and fun they are. This vanilla mocha version definitely has my attention! YUM!

    1. Yes, I love that they are so forgiving and really can be made with just about any cake/ brownie/ pudding/ topping combo and still taste great.

  3. Ooooh, yummy! Love the addition of the heath bar bits! Thanks for sharing at BOTW!

  4. Oh my goodness, could I just have a serving right now, this looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    1. I'd be happy to give you some.. but we didn't have any leftovers at all.

  5. Trifles are so fun to make! This one sounds SO good. I bet it was a hit! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Have a wonderful week!

  6. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you stay safe in the storms.
    Miz Helen

  7. YUM! Sounds tasty. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 4. Shared.


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