Dark Chocolate Brownie and Cream Trifle: This decadent trifle is layers of dark chocolate whipped cream, dark chocolate brownies, strawberries, and Oreos. Pure chocolate indulgence. Day 12 of the 14 Days of Love!
There’s nothing like a kids’ cook-off to make me feel like a complete failure in the kitchen. These shows have small children using knives the size of Texas (that 100% intimidate me), making European pastries with names I can’t pronounce (I’ve never had an ear for languages–just ask my poor Spanish teacher in high school who had to listen to me butcher the language with my lack of “r” rolling ability), and creating restaurant quality food that’s absolutely imaginative.
These kids have talent. And an actual hobby they can tell people about at show and tell. When I was 9 or 10, I collected beanie babies and roller-skated around my neighborhood like I was on the Olympic team.
Some of these kids also have legitimate baking businesses, which is just so entrepreneurial. I’m in awe of their ability, passion, and fortitude.
I’m also in awe of these trifles. The kids would probably think this dessert was amateur, but don’t let its easiness fool you into believing it is anything but delicious.
Similar to my mini Oreo mousse pies, these trifles use Berry Oreos. You can most definitely use regular Oreos, but these Berry filled ones are my newest obsession. Good work, Oreo. Good work.
Oreo is slowly fueling my baking addiction with their genius combinations. I heard they released a red velvet kind this year. I’ve yet to find any in the stores near me, which is probably a blessing in disguise. The Lord only knows how quickly I would have downed those, and I don’t think it would have been done in a very ladylike manner. Is it ladylike if your pinky is pointed while you stuff your face with Oreos like a scene from Heavyweights?
Also, can we just take a second to discuss how strawberries and chocolate might be the best combination in the world? Caramel and apple is a pretty winning combo, as is peanut butter and chocolate. But for me, chocolate and strawberries might take the cake. I don’t know. I’m horribly indecisive when it comes to dessert flavors.
But, what I do know, is that I love dark chocolate with all my heart. And this recipe calls for dark chocolate whipped cream and dark chocolate brownies. See you later while I go happily place myself in a-dark-chocolate-coma.
To simplify this trifle, I used boxed Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix. However, if you want to go the homemade route, this is my favorite homemade recipe. Of course, if you have your own favorite, please use it with this trifle recipe. You won’t regret it. Plus, a little dark chocolate a day is good for the body and soul. This trifle totally takes care of you for like the week, so really you’re doing your body a favor. 😉
- Boxed Mix or homemade, baked and cut into small squares (there will probably be leftover brownies)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- pinch of salt (a small pinch of salt enhances the chocolate flavor)
- 1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional--espresso powder also enhances the chocolate flavor)
- Crushed Oreos (I used the berry-filled), about 2 per glass (I used small mason jars)
- Strawberries, sliced
- Dark chocolate shavings
- With a mixer, beat the heavy cream on med-high speed until it begins to thicken, about 3-4 minutes depending upon the power of your mixer. Turn the mixer off and add in cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt, and espresso powder. Turn the mixer back on, and beat on med-high speed until the cream forms stiff peaks and has the consistency of whipped cream, about 2-3 more minutes.
- To assemble the trifles, begin with a layer of crushed Oreos on the bottom of the glass. Top the Oreos with a layer of whipped cream. On top of the whipped cream, place a layer of brownie pieces. Add sliced strawberries on top of the brownies. Repeat the process (Oreos, whipped cream, brownies, strawberries, and a final layer of Oreos). Finish the trifles with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Once you have finished assembling all of the trifles, use a potato peeler to shave dark chocolate onto the top of each trifle.