Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Ganache

Desserts Served in Wine Glasses: Part I

Note:   If  this recipe inspired you to use as a guide to make your own, please be considerate and credit  Thank you!

Having sweet tooth?

Try these individual servings of mouthwatering, decadent  Tiramisu Trifle made with double chocolate cupcakes, coffee cakes, coffee Mascarpone cheese, tiramisu wafers, chocolate ganache, then dusted with cocoa.   It will definitely satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.  Promise.

Allow me to brag about these wicked trifles that were actually made with dark chocolates and not overly sweet for anyone’s taste buds.  I am so excited to blog about them.   Juliet, a dear friend of mine, reminded me about this forgotten dessert served in wine glasses that I made for my birthday party.  I could not recall what she was referring to except this particular dessert and the refreshing dessert that everyone raved for their lightness and deliciousness.  I recalled the guests wanted more, but I ran out.  They raved of how good they were.  I planned on blogging about them and here’s the first one.  I decided to make them for my children’s snack after school today and for my husband’s dessert tonight.  I haven’t made these in years.  I only make them in special occasions, but tonight is an exception.

It just so happened that my husband brought home some mini coffee cakes that were perfect for the Tiramisu trifle instead of the vanilla cake.  He’s been having sweet tooth lately and he can’t be stopped.  This dessert was perfect since he loves coffee and chocolates.  I bought some Mascarpone cheese the other day, so let’s make them. 🙂


  • 1 cup heavy cream; divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolates chips
  • 3 pieces double chocolate cupcakes (coarsely crumbled)
  • 3 pieces coffee mini cakes
  • Tiramisu flavored wafers (coarsely crumbled)
  • 4 oz. Mascarpone cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coffee extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Fresh brewed coffee

Preparation Methods:

Note:  You will need 3 small wine glasses.

  • Heat a pot of water over very low heat.  Place the double boiler on top and add 1/2 cup of cream and butter.  When the cream is hot and the butter melted, add the chocolate chips.  Stir until the chocolates are melted.   Or, you can also just boil the cream and pour in a heatproof bowl with the chips and slowly stir until the chocolates are melted.   Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, add the remaining cream.  Whip until soft peaks form.  Add the coffee extract and sugar.  Beat in high speed until  stiff, but not too stiff. Add the Mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar.  Beat in slow speed until well combined about 10 to 15 seconds.  Set aside.
  • Arrange and layer crumbled coffee cake at the bottom of the glass.  Slightly drizzle with freshly brewed coffee.  Add a small amount of chocolate ganache, then Mascarpone cheese mixture, tiramisu wafers cookie crumbs, chocolate cupcakes and add another layer of the whipped Mascarpone cheese.  Dust with cocoa.  Add a small amount of chocolate ganache on top and garnish with 1 tiramisu wafer.  You can also add some coffee beans for added crunch if you so desire.

The Verdict:

I dislike desserts that are overly sweet.  The trifles were perfect.  You can add more sugar before whipping the cream if you prefer a sweeter cream mixture. You can make them ahead of time and place them in the refrigerator until your guests arrived.  Make sure the double chocolate cupcake crumbs are slightly drizzled with freshly brewed coffee before you  completely covered it with the Mascarpone cheese mixture.  However, do not overdo it with the coffee or it will be soggy.   For leftover chocolate ganache, save it and whip it for a delicious cupcake frosting or spread.  

Now, devour!  Oh, yes!  I know you want to.  🙂




22 thoughts on “Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Ganache

  1. Anna. OH. MY. GOSH. My heart is singing. What a delicious recipe! This is almost like a tiramisu, overtaken by a dark-choc-olic. I adore this recipe and will absolutely make it for a party or special occasion. I really like that you made it with deep, dark cocoa notes and not overly sweets. I agree – desserts that are tooooo sweet are too overpowering to many palettes. I am glad that Juliet reminded you of this elegant dessert served in wine glasses, and it sounds like a lovely birthday memory for you! If I lived closer, I would knock on your door constantly just to snag your delicious sweet (but not too sweet, hehe) treats. Oh, and I hope you post the quinoa cupcakes soon so we can make this trifle. I loved the design of the trifles, the photos and your writing – NICE work! Thank you for sharing.

    • The pleasure is all mine, Shanna. Yes, it was delish! I should have called it chocolate tiramisu triffle since chocolate is one of the ingredients. I normally go for dark chocolate. If you live closer, you are definitely welcome in our home anytime. 🙂 Thanks for your time.

      • I was afraid you were going to ask that 🙂 I thought you have forgotten about it. Just joking 🙂 I’m working on it. Can’t keep up with my demanding schedules, but will try to publish it soon. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Shanna- PRSS.

      • PRSS:

        HAHAHAHA. I never forget a chocolate sequel, my friend. Really??? 😉

        Oh, gosh, there is not enough time in the day. I adore blogging but also wonder how I get anything onto the site? Been running around like a crazy woman (mommy) all day.

        Look forward to your post – but no rush. 😉 You are a busy lady!

      • he he he…you really are so sweet, Shanna. Thank you. I’m waiting to have an excuse to make the quinoa cupcakes. I don’t want to keep baking unless I have to since time and money are involved. It’s time consuming to create and publish a post; with my hectic schedule, I don’t know when that will be. But, I know I really need to make them soon. 😀

      • Hi, Anna. When I run these days, I feel apprehensive. It is difficult – and I put a lot of pressure on myself. Rather than not doing it, I decide to run a short distance. I set a very small goal. It still feels great! Translation – maybe one photo, one recipe, of whatever you have made. Short, sweet and simple. I see all of your potential and treasure your posts. xx Shanna

      • Oh, that is so sweet of you, Shanna! Thank you kindly for believing in me. It’s greatly acknowledged.
        I stopped running before summer was over because my left knee was hurting. I can’t run anymore even for a short distance. I tried running to catch up with my children at Thompson Lake earlier today and nope, never again. 😦 It wasn’t even very far. It was such a very short distance. I could feel the burning pain in my left knee cap. It’s official. My running days are over! Running was one of my favorite exercises too! 😦

      • Oh, I understand! I feel you! I have really enjoyed walking – it’s fabulous. They save five miles a day is what we need for health. You must live in a beautiful area to walk, Anna. 🙂 Do you have a pal you can walk with in the morning? Before your delicious breakfast? Oh, your kitchen sure has some lovely treats.

      • Yes, and I am so grateful to God to be able to live in such a beautiful area. I’m very independent when it comes to exercising, but it would be nice to have a workout buddy. 🙂

      • Oh, yes, after the cold and wind – you are in a great area with beautiful weather, too! 🙂 I don’t have a workout buddy here – but then again, I have two toddlers, so pushing them both in a stroller isn’t so fun. Hubby leaves at 5 AM and gets home super late, so there is no time before or after he goes to work. Enter: Treadmill. Very lucky to have one. Enjoy your day, Anna… 🙂

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