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, 0 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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kiki_31_1986 User ID: 3928305 252767
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"My daughter begged me to make this for her birthday. It was easy to make and a big hit at the party."

mamamarie User ID: 568814 46582
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

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

MissedMe User ID: 6875034 112924
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

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

jcrsmom User ID: 4479380 205092
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!"

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 112923
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."

lvtigger User ID: 6429229 130612
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."

BruceNewcomer User ID: 2782655 114984
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"I have not made this yet, as I just came across the recipe. Looks and sounds incredible! I'd make one change and use a chocolate pound cake."

countryhearts User ID: 805142 64722
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

"This is absolutely wonderful! Tastes out of this world and looks amazing too. I took it to a church picnic and even those that don't like coffee loved this."

dcsilc User ID: 6067538 58441
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"This is the first trifle I've every made and my family loved it. It is so easy. My niece said that it taste like a dessert you would be sitting in a restaurant eating."

Luechar User ID: 4403661 53679
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Very good and so easy, nice change from fruit. E.L.C."

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