What can be more Christmas-y than peppermint, chocolate and candy cane colors?! This super easy chocolate peppermint trifle is the ultimate Christmas dessert recipe! It’s made with rich, chocolate cake pieces, crushed peppermint candies and peppermint mousse to bring it all together. The colors and flavors alone will captivate any holiday party! This is one of those desserts you make once a year and wait patiently until the next to enjoy it again.
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How It’s Made!
I love how easy this peppermint trifle comes together! For the cake pieces, I prepared my ‘Perfect Chocolate Cake’ in a sheet pan; I have a separate video recipe for the chocolate cake. Just prepare the cake, allow it to cool, then cut into cubes. If you prefer, boxed cake mix will also work. If you’re in a real pinch for time, you can also use store-bought chocolate lady fingers or brownie bites.
The cake pieces and crushed peppermint candies are all layered with white and red colored peppermint mousse. This easy mousse recipe is a cheat version, made with white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk instead of using egg whites or custard. It’s easier to make and literally fail-proof!
How To Serve
This Christmas dessert can be prepared and served a couple different ways! If you’re having a buffet-style service, assemble the peppermint trifle in a large trifle bowl, like the one I used for my video recipe. It can also be assembled in individual serving cups, like these disposable parfait cups. They make for easier cleanup!
For best results, make the trifle at least a day ahead of time, to allow the cake and mousse to come together, creating the best flavor and texture experience.
Enjoyed this peppermint trifle? Looking for more Christmas recipes? Check out my other recipes!
- Peppermint Eclairs – these stunning eclairs are filled with a vanilla mint filling!
- This ‘Peppermint Mocha Cake’ with peppermint buttercream is stunning!
- And if you like eggnog, try my ‘Holiday Eggnog Cake’ with chocolate frosting next!
- Chocolate Mint Scones – rich, chocolate-y scones with chocolate bark and crushed candy canes!
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Use this beautiful trifle bowl for serving this dessert. For individual desserts, use these disposable parfait cups.
I like to use peppermint oil for the maximum amount of flavor. This peppermint oil is very concentrated so a little bit goes a long way!