Cappuccino Cherry Trifle Recipe
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Cappuccino Cherry Trifle Recipe

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Field editor Katie Sloan of Charlotte, North Carolina says, "This is a rich dessert that's as pretty to look at as it is good to eat. It's the perfect complement to any meal."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 loaves (10-3/4 ounces each) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 490 calories, 31g fat (18g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. For custard, combine the sugar, cornstarch, coffee granules and cocoa in a large saucepan. Stir in milk and water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thick and bubbly.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in vanilla. Refrigerate until cool.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold 2-1/2 cups whipped cream into cooled custard. Set aside the remaining whipped cream for garnish.
  4. Place half of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. trifle bowl. Drain cherries, reserving juice; sprinkle cake with 3-4 tablespoons cherry juice. Top with half of the cherries, 1/3 cup chocolate chips and half of the custard mixture. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved whipped cream and remaining chocolate chips. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Cappuccino Cherry Trifle in Taste of Home February/March 2005, p4

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kellyjo1964 User ID: 5774754 76867
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"This is one of my favorite desserts. The combination of coffee, cherries and chocolate gives it just the right amount of sweetness."

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