Disclaimer: I had forgotton to take a pictute of this at home, and had to take this one really quickly once the trifle arrived (a little weary from the trip) at its destination, so it is a terrible picture. I even forgot to clean up the whipped cream mess from the side, which was a casualty of traveling.
The title of this blog post is what my mother called this concoction while my brother and I were growing up. She even made it more “mud-like” by putting gummy worms on top, which was such a hit in my youth! But, this recipe is really just a chocolate cake trifle.
I was in charge of desserts for a party last weekend, and decided this family staple was just the ticket. It is easy, I have made it a dozen times, and I knew I couldn’t mess it up. I was also trying a new recipe or two, so this one was sort of my safety net. It is also such a kid-friendly dessert, so I knew it would go over well with my niece and nephews.
I started by following an allrecipes.com recipe for Dark Chocolate Cake. I have used a number of cake recipes over the years to make this dessert, and was quite pleased with this cake. It was very moist and had such a smooth dark chocolate flavor.
I also mixed up some instant, sugar free chocolate pudding. I guess this step makes my dessert more of a semi-homemade treat, but I just wasn’t ambitious enough to make the pudding myself!
While the pudding was chilling, I beat up some whipping cream to make a light whipped topping. I chilled the metal mixing bowl in the freezer, and also chilled the beaters (from my stand mixer). I started with 1 and a half cups of whipping cream, and mixed until almost done. I then added 1 teaspoon of vanilla (plus a dash extra), and about 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and mixed until stiff peaks formed.
The layering technique is quite simple. Crumble up the cake, place in bottom of trifle dish. Then, add some of the pudding. Next, cover with the whipped cream. Repeat until you reach the top. I like to add some shaved chocolate on the top of my trifle.