Cappuccino Mousse Trifle Recipe
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Cappuccino Mousse Trifle Recipe

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"This is the easiest trifle I've ever made, yet it looks like I spent time on it," says Tracy Bergland, Prior Lake, Minnesota. "I like to pipe whipped topping around the edge of the bowl, grate chocolate in the center and sprinkle with cinnamon. It gets rave reviews."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1/3 cup instant coffee granules
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 loaves (10-3/4 ounces each) frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 166 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, stir milk and coffee granules until dissolved; remove 1 cup and set aside. Add pudding mixes to the remaining milk mixture; beat on low speed for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in half of the whipped topping.
  2. Place a third of the cake cubes in a 4-qt. serving or trifle bowl. Layer with a third of the reserved milk mixture and pudding mixture and a fourth of the grated chocolate. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and chocolate. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Cappuccino Mousse Trifle in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p58

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Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"This was very good. As specified, easy to make, looks good and tastes good. Would make it again."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"Fantastic tasting, easy trifle to make. Will definitely making again."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"I have nade this several times and it is always a big hit! If you don't think there is enough of the filling you can always just get a small container of cool whip for the top of the trifle and use all of what is in the larger container for the filling. I have never had trouble with the recipe as is! I have several friends who don't like coffee flavor anything and go back for seconds with this one!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Not enough "mousse" for the rest of the recipe. In fairness - cappuccino is not my favorite trifle flavor..... No, will not make it again."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"We made this for a Christmas dessert and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it and it was super easy. Definitely a new favorite amongst family and friends."

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