- Cooking Time:
- Servings: 8-10
- Preparation Time:
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine - (1/4 lb) room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour - (about)
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 lrg eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup hazelnut- or coffee-flavor liqueur
- Caramel Pastry Cream (see recipe)
- 1 1/2 cup fresh raspberries - (6 oz) rinsed, drained
- Butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.
- Coarsely chop 3 ounces of the chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in a microwave oven on full power (100%), stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes total.
- In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium-high speed, beat 1/2 cup butter and the sugar until fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate.
- In another bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, stir to combine, then beat until well blended. Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread level.
- Bake in a 350 degrees regular or convection oven until cake begins to pull from pan sides, 40 to 50 minutes.
- Let cake cool to room temperature in pan on a rack, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Run a thin knife between cake and pan sides and invert onto a board to release.
- Cut cake into 1- to 1 1/2-inch cubes.
- Layer a third of the cubes in the bottom of a 3- to 3 1/2-quart trifle bowl or other straight-sided glass bowl.
- Drizzle 1/4 cup liqueur evenly over cake.
- Spoon a third of the Caramel Pastry Cream over cake and spread level.
- Repeat to make two more layers each of cake, liqueur, and pastry cream, ending with pastry cream.
- Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
- Finely chop remaining 1 ounce chocolate or scrape into curls. Arrange raspberries on trifle and sprinkle chocolate evenly over berries.
- Scoop onto dessert plates to serve.
NotesThis is my most requested dessert recipe, I make it every Thanksgiving. It's time consuming, but can be all done ahead of time and in stages, and it's definitely worth it!
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