Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle

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This Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle is made with layers of moist chocolate cake, Baileys whipped cream, Baileys chocolate pudding and chocolate chips! A tasty dessert that’s so easy to make and great for a crowd!

For more great trifle recipes, check out my Oreo Cheesecake Brownie Trifle, Caramel Cheesecake Brownie Trifle, Strawberry Shortcake Trifle or my Triple Berry Trifle.

Great Boozy Recipe For Sharing

I don’t know about you, but I love a good boozy dessert. I personally don’t drink much. Not because I don’t care for it, but just because I prefer to eat my calories. So when I can combine the booze with the tasty dessert calories I love, it’s a win-win.

This trifle combines one of my favorite boozy things to bake with – Baileys! It pairs amazingly with chocolate and is always so good. In this trifle, it works great in the pudding and whipped cream. I’m not sure I’ve actually ever met someone who didn’t care for Baileys, which means this also makes a great dessert for sharing with friends.

Two individual servings of Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle in glass bowls with spoons with chocolate chips, Baileys and the trifle in the background

How to Make a Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle

Making this trifle is super simple. I started with my Easy Moist Chocolate Cake. You just combine your wet ingredients, then dry ingredients and mix them all together. Then you add a little hot water and you’re done. Time to bake the cake in a 9×13 inch pan and let it cool.

Of course if you’re looking for a short cut, a cake mix would be fine. That said, this chocolate cake is really just as easy to make and tastes even better, I think.

When your cake is cooled and ready, make your pudding. I used a pudding mix and replaced some of the milk with Baileys Irish Cream. Super simple!

For the Baileys whipped cream, I started with my classic Whipped Cream and made some adjustments to add the Baileys and have enough for the trifle. It’s a mix of heavy whipping cream, Baileys, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. The powdered sugar is used to help stabilize it so that it won’t wilt in your trifle. It works like a charm!

The final step is to layer it all together in your trifle dish with a little bit of mini chocolate chips for some added texture and crunch!

Side view of a full Baileys Chocolate Trifle in a glass trifle stand topped with chocolate chips

Perfect St. Patricks Day Dessert

This Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle is such a quick one to make. The cake is easy and the pudding and whipped cream are even easier. The flavor is amazing too. Who doesn’t love Baileys and chocolate?!

And since the Baileys is Irish (cream, that is!), it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day too! You could even color the whipped cream green if you want to make sure the leprechaun doesn’t get you!

Two individual servings of Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle in glass bowls with spoons

More Great Baileys Desserts:

Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake Trifles
No Bake Baileys Chocolate CheesecakeBaileys Brownie Cheesecake
Baileys Chocolate Poke Cake
Baileys Chocolate Mousse Brownie Cake
Caramel Baileys Pound Cake
Baileys Chocolate Cupcakes
Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecakes
No Bake Baileys Irish Cream Cookie Balls

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Side view of a full Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle in a glass trifle stand topped with chocolate chips

Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Boozy Baileys Chocolate Trifle is made with layers of moist chocolate cake, Baileys whipped cream, Baileys chocolate pudding and chocolate chips! A tasty dessert that’s so easy to make and great for a crowd!


Chocolate Cake

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp (114g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 6 tbsp (43g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) hot water

Baileys Chocolate Pudding

  • 1 1/4 cup (300ml) Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2 1/4 cups (54oml) milk
  • two 3.9 oz packages instant chocolate pudding

Baileys Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 cup (115g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a 9×9 inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray.
2. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool completely.
8. When the cake has cooled, prepare the pudding. Add the Baileys and milk to the chocolate pudding powder and stir together as directed on the pudding packaging. Set aside.
9. To make the whipped cream, add all ingredients to a large mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment and whip until stiff peaks form.
10. To layer the trifle, cut the cake into pieces. add about half of the cake to the bottom of the trifle dish.
11. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips over the cake pieces.
12. Add about half of the pudding and spread into an even layer.
13. Add about half of the whipped cream and spread into an even layer.
14. Repeat another layer of cake, mini chocolate chips, pudding and whipped cream.
15. Top of the trifle with some additional chocolate chips and some remaining cake crumbs.
16. Store the trifle in the fridge prior to serving. Trifle is best if eaten within 2-3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 460
  • Sugar: 52.3 g
  • Sodium: 552.8 mg
  • Fat: 17.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65.5 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.6 mg

Keywords: trifle, boozy chocolate trifle, chocolate trifle, boozy trifle, st patricks day dessert


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  1. Angie

    Hi Lindsay!! Can you possibly tell me what size trifle bowl you use? I need to buy one to make this, but I wasn’t sure if an 80oz was too big or if a 40oz was enough? I’ve not made a trifle before, so I wasn’t sure how much space I need. Although I’ve made tons of your recipes. Thank you so much!

      1. Steph

        Already started making this today and realized the cake recipe given is off from the linked cake recipe it calls for– the amount of a bunch of the ingredients differs from here to what is noted on the linked cake recipe. Also, calls for 9×9 pan, but then in the linked cake recipe says 13×9. Hoping it turns out ok despite the confusion between this recipe and the cake recipe we’re supposed to be using. :o/

      2. Lindsay

        There shouldn’t be confusion. I was just linking to the other recipe within the post to say that they are the same (except for the size of the cake). This recipe calls for a 9×9 pan and the ingredients are adjusted accordingly.

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