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  • 1 package chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 dozen plain cake donuts
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A few cups coffee
  • Cocoa powder, for garnish
  • Whipped cream, for garnish


Serves: 8-10 servings


In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the chocolate pudding mix with the milk. After two minutes, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to set. 

Cut 8 of the donuts into large chunks, leaving 4 of them whole. (Three will be used for layering the trifle and one will be used for garnish.) 

In a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream into it forms soft peaks, about 3 minutes. Add sugar, espresso powder and salt and whip a little more just to incorporate. 

Pour coffee into a shallow dish or pie pan. 

In large trifle dish, or glass bowl, build the trifle. (Tip: To make the layering easier, place the whipped cream and pudding into piping bags.) Before layering the donut or donut pieces, dunk them in the coffee for just a few seconds. Place one whole dunked donut in the middle of the bottom of the dish and scatter 1/3 of the donut chunks around it. Next, put a layer of 1/3 of the pudding and top that with 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture. Repeat the layer process 2 more times. 

Place the trifle in fridge for a few hours or overnight. 

Before serving, top with more whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder to create the illusion of a coffee drink. Cut a slit into the leftover whole donut and hang it over the edge of the glass, like a lime in a cocktail.