Minty Mousse Trifle For St. Patrick’s Day

13 days!  I cannot believe it has been almost 2 weeks since my last post.  It’s been wild and fun around here!

St. Patrick’s Day is just a couple days away!  Lot’s of things come to mind when I think of this holiday’s food, but two specific things are green and mint!

Recently, I’ve developed a thing for mint.  I love mint cookies, mint brownies, mint chocolate, the  mint color… EVERYTHING mint!  I like enhancing the flavor mint in different ways, and what better way than in a trifle!

I have made probably 4 types of trifles and this one is by far my favorite!

Minty Mousse Trifle

Yields about 6 trifles per cake

You Will Need:

  • White or Yellow Boxed Cake Mix (and all ingredients required to make the cake)
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Instant Chocolate Mousse Mix (and the milk it requires)
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Mint or Mint Chocolate Chips

How to Make:

First, I sprayed two 8 inch round cake pans with non-stick spray.  Then, I followed the directions on the box, making the cake batter.  Before pouring the batter into the rounds, add about 6 big drops of green food coloring into the mixer with the batter.  Let it mix in for a couple of seconds, then pour the batter evenly into the pans.

green cake mix

Bake the cakes according to the directions on the box.  The cakes will go in looking green and come out of the oven looking…brown.  That’s ok!  The inside is still the green we’re looking for!

2 cakes

While the cakes cool, make your mousse using the powder mix and milk.  Typically, you will mix the mousse for 5 minutes.  When you have about thirty seconds left of mixing, add about 1/2 cup of the mint chips.  This will give it a nice minty taste.  Chill mousse in the freezer for 15 minutes.

mint chips

mixing mousse

I only had 4 people who were ready to eat my trifles, so I ended up using only one of the cakes, but we’ll get back to that later.

Crumble the cakes in a large bowl.  You want to have chunks that are not to big and not to small.  Basically, if you can pick it up with two fingers, it’s what we’re looking for.  Pull out the chilled mousse, and grab the ice cream (you will have to serve immediately).

awesome pic of green cake

crumbled cake

ice cream

Grab  some cups and prepare to get stacking!  The bottom layer is cake.  Cover the bottom of the cups so no big patches of glass are visible.  Then, add a scoop of ice cream.  Next, add a large spoonful of mousse.  Repeat one more time.  Then, sprinkle some green cake on top for a decorative touch!


top trifle

Other Tips

  • Chill the cups to keep the ice cream from melting a little longer.
  • Use mint ice cream for even more mint flavor.
  • Make miniature trifles in tiny cups for the kids!

mousse cake

Because I didn’t use the second cake, I used the leftover mousse as an icing!  It was amazing!  Serve with a side of ice cream and you have basically deconstructed your trifle!  Yum!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful St. Patty’s day!

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