Chocolate Espresso Panettone Trifle Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Panettone Trifle in Bowl

Layer 1: 1 Box of Chocolate Panettone, cubed

Layer 2: Drizzle and Garnish (Reserve some for the very top!)

  • 1 smallest bottle of Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (the single-serve bottle will do)
  • Dark chocolate shavings (I use 2 whole Ghirardelli chocolate bars)

Layer 3: Sliced, fresh strawberries (Buy 2 pints, you may be left with extra)

Layer 4: Espresso Cream Cheese Whip

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (OR, 16 ounces of Mascarpone!)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat at low-speed until sugar is incorporated.
  • Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and whipped, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Keep layering your ingredients and garnish the top with squares of chocolate, shavings and a little more Kahlua.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chianti Buttercream | Jelly Jar Party Favors

Chocolate Cupcakes & Chianti Buttercream Jars by Pastiche Events

 Inspiration: Dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery. Birthday Girl is a lover of red wine, chocolate and all things pretty.

Feeling inspired, I turned to Sprinkle Bakes,  the blog I browse anytime I want to attempt anything exceptional. Heather Baird always seems to have what I am looking for – here is her amazing recipe for Chocolate Chianti Cupcakes.

The recipe was near perfect, but I did find that when I was blending the cooked-down Chianti into the buttercream (ohhh, that buttercream…) I didn’t have to use the full amount the recipe called for. Maybe I did something wrong, but if I would have added the full amount, the frosting would have been too watered down. I was glad I decided to add less and taste-test as my Kitchen-Aid did its work. The frosting was so unbelievable that I double layered the chocolate cupcakes (I make them smaller so they fit the jars) just so I’d have an excuse to add more frosting! After the assembly, I placed the jars in an old wine crate to tote them to the restaurant.

Chocolate Cupcakes & Chianti Buttercream Jars by Pastiche Events