Friday, August 31, 2012

the chocolate trifle - guest post from vegan fling!

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for some of you this may be your second time reading this amazing post, it was so amazing that I just had to post it twice (not because I had a totally brain fart and accidentally posted this on Wednesday instead of today, the official unveiling). So let me introduce you to a sweet friend of mine, Melissa from Vegan Fling. Not only is Melissa the epitome of sweetness, her blog is too.  you may have read already how much I adore Melissa and her Blog on my guest post over at Vegan Fling, I know you will adore her just as much as I do.

Hi Sunday Morning Banana Pancake fans! Thank you so much for having me over today. I am very excited to be doing a guest post for Heather. I can't tell you how much her blog inspires me with such creative recipes and beautiful photographs. I can only dream to someday own as many colorful napkins and fun dishes as she has! When we decided to swap guest posts, I knew right away that I wanted to make a cake. Heather is the queen of cake recipes and always comes up with such lovely and tasty combinations here on her blog. Usually I'd go for some cookies myself, but for this occasion I thought it would be fun to finally do something I have been wanting to do for a long time – create a vegan version of my most favorite cake ever: The Chocolate Trifle! For every birthday and holiday growing up, I would request or make this cake. Messy and gooey layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream are the ingredients for happiness in my book. We used to make this with box mixes, but I think that this vegan, from-scratch version is even more delicious!

Chocolate Trifle Cake
Step 1: Make the chocolate pudding and place it in the fridge to chill.
Step 2: Make the cake layers.
Step 3: While cake is cooling, make the whipped cream.
Step 4: In a trifle dish start with a layer of crumbled cake, then a layer of the pudding, then a layer of the whipped cream.
Repeat this sequence as many times as your dish will allow.
End with whipped cream on top, then finish off with a little more of the cake crumbles and some vegan chocolate sprinkles.
You could also try chocolate chips or nuts.
Chill until ready to serve.

Chocolate Cake Layer
makes two 8" round cakes
3 C spelt flour
2/3 C cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 C sugar
1 C canola oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 C almond milk
1 C vegan chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375.
Grease and flour two 8" cake pans.
Combine the almond milk and vinegar and let sit for 2 minutes to allow it to curdle. Mix in the oil, sugar, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix in the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter into the two cake pans and bake for 30 minutes.
Let cool and then crumble it up with your hands to create the cake layers of the trifle.

Pudding Layer
4 C almond milk
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 C organic cornstarch
1 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Whisk smooth and break up any lumps.
Stir constantly over medium heat until the pudding thickens.
Pour into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator (At least 20-30 minutes).

Whip Layer
2 cans full fat coconut milk
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Place the coconut milk cans in the fridge overnight. (Sorry - this recipe does require a little planning ahead!)
Carefully open the cans without shaking them. Spoon out the top layer of white creamy stuff into a bowl.
Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix well with an electric beater.
If needed add in more powdered sugar or even some cornstarch to thicken.

In the trifle dish this cake is so pretty with it's dark and light layers. When you scoop it out into a bowl it's not so pretty anymore...but I think that is half the fun!
Maybe that is why I loved it so much as a kid (and now). You are actually supposed to make a mess!
I hope you all enjoyed this recipe and thanks for having me over to Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes for the day!


  1. i love this! it looks delicious! i can't remember the last time i've seen a trifle! this would be perfect for a big get together.

    trifles always remind me of the friends episode where rachel wants to make a trifle for thanksgiving but gets two recipes mixed up and makes half a dessert trifle and half a meat dish. it's hilarious.

    1. Thanks Caitlin! That is so hilarious... I actually just watched that episode last night! I was cracking up!

  2. What a great guest post! This dessert looks absolutely amazing! You would not be able to keep me away from this!

  3. OMG this looks divine! Lovely looking recipe. I haven't made a trifle in years.

  4. Holy crap! This is unreal. Each layer separately would be amazing. But all layered together!? I would think I died and went to heaven. Awesome guest post! Yum!

    *hehe* Love that episode Caitlin! :) Cake...good...Meat....GOOOD *Joey*

    1. yay courtney!!!!! i love it, too!!

    2. Thanks Courtney!

      "Phoebe: So did you make it with beef or eggplant?
      Rachel: Beef.
      Phoebe: Well I can't have any. You know I don't eat meat. Aw!"

  5. Umm betcha sweet ass I pinned this and I most definitely AM salivating thinking about how amazing this trifle must taste. I mean, look at the chocolatey GOODNESS!

    1. Thanks, It is definitely filled with some serious chocolatey goodness!

  6. What a stunning looking trifle, cannot even believe it is vegan :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Thanks! My friends couldn't really believe it either when I showed up to a party with this cake. :)

  7. Mmm...this would be good in individual parfait glasses too (not that I own such a thing). I'm happy to see a vegan pudding recipe, as those can be hard to come by!

    1. Yes, that is a great idea and would totally work! Little mini trifles would be really fun. :)

  8. Mmmm Meliss this is such an amazing recipe - you are so talented! I can't wait to make this around the holidays, Trifle = Special Occassion in our House, such a perfect dish to bring to a potluck and this one is so decadent & chocolatey!!! xo

    1. Yes this would be a great holiday dessert! I will probably make it again too. :)

  9. Thank you so much for sharing my recipe today, Heather! You are awesome.

  10. i saw the post and came back after a few hours to comment and it wasnt there ;) this trifle is surely getting made for one of the potlucks so i can see the "I cant believe this is vegan" expressions around!:))
    oh yes, i remember that friends episode too.. :)

  11. I, just like Caitlin, also think of that Friends episode every time I hear the word "trifle." In other news, this trifle looks phenomenal! Talk about decadent! When I need to wow a crowd, you know I'll be pulling this one out! :-)

  12. Looks fabulous Heather!! What a gorgeous dessert, and I wouldn't mind seeing this posted twice anywhere! Love it :)

  13. looks yummy and tasty

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