Mocha and almond trifle

Mocha and almond trifle

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur
  • 4 large butter cookies
  • 1 handful toasted sliced almonds


  • Make the custard. Lightly beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl.
  • Stir the cornstarch into the milk. Heat, stirring, until slightly thickened.
  • Pour slowly into the egg-sugar mixture while whisking non-stop. You are tempering the egg yolks so they stay smooth.
  • Pour the mixture back into the pan. Add the cream and salt. Cook, stirring, until thick and coats the back of a spoon. That means the custard sticks to the back of a spoon and when you drag your finger through it, the pattern remains (note to self: take photos of “coats the back of a spoon” next time).
  • Mocha and almond trifle
  • Divide the cooked custard into two portions.
  • Into the first portion, stir in the coffee, cocoa powder and coffee liqueur.
  • Into the second portion, stir in the amaretto liqueur.
  • Mocha and almond trifle
  • Place the cookies and almonds on a chopping board. Roughly chop. I like to have small and not-so-small pieces for contrast in texture.
  • Mocha and almond trifle
  • Now, the assembly. Take four small glasses, each with a capacity of about 1/2 cup.
  • Place a few teaspoonfuls of the cookie-almond mixture at the bottom.
  • Cover the cookie-almond mixture with about three teaspoonfuls of the coffee-flavored custard.
  • Mocha and almond trifle
  • Add another layer of the cookie-almond mixture and top that with the almond-flavored custard.
  • Mocha and almond trifle
  • Then, another layer of cookies and almonds followed by the coffee-flavored custard. The glasses should be almost full at this point. Drop the remaining almond-flavored custard right down the center of the top layer of coffee-flavored custard.
  • Sprinkle whatever remains of the cookies and almonds on top. Finally, dust lightly with cocoa powder.
  • Chill for at least two hours to allow the custard to set and thicken some more.