Yesterday (August 15th 2012) was my little sous chef Layla's first birthday. She shares the same birthday as Julia Childs...hmmmm I wonder if it's a sign. We had a little family get together for some dessert and birthday presents and I made this death by chocolate, my go to recipe for pleasing any crowd of people. It is always a favorite and is as easy as it gets when it comes to desserts. This is a time when a semi-homemade recipe comes out just as good as a recipe from scratch and its a lot faster.
This recipe for Death by Chocolate layers fluffy devils food cake, creamy chocolate pudding, crunchy oreo cookies and fresh whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator. If using fresh whipped cream, which I recommend, try not to make this more than 8-12 hours in advance. The whipped cream may deflate if made to far in ahead of time.
Death by Chocolate
1 box of chocolate devils food cake mix- plus ingredients needed on box
2 packages of chocolate pudding (you can use instant or cook and serve)
4 cups milk 9this may vary depending on pudding instructions)
1 pint of heavy cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
20 Oreo cookies-crushed
Strawberries, raspberries or blueberries-optional
1. Bake cake according to instructions on box and cool completely. You can bake any size cake, its going to be crumbled once it is cooled. You can make the cake a day ahead of time and store at room temperature in air tight container.
2. Make two packages of chocolate pudding according to instructions on box. Place in refrigerator to cool and set.
3. When the pudding is ready and the cake has cooled make the whipped cream. In a mixer, add in heavy cream and whip on medium-high until it begins to thicken. Add in sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
4. To assemble Death by Chocolate use a trifle dish or large serving bowl and start to layer ingredients. Start by crumbling 1/3 of cake on the bottom of dish, spoon 1/3 of pudding on top of cake and spread evenly, add 1/3 of whipped, add a thin layer of Oreo cookies (add berries, if using) and continue to layer ending with whipped cream and Oreos.