Baking | Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles … a coffee high!

“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.’
Hugh Jackman

Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream TriflesChocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles. The deep, sensual aroma of coffee steeping won me over! Are you devastated by the smell of fresh bread or cookies baking? Or onions in gently frying in butter? Roasting garam masala? Fruit stewing with vanilla beans? Or maybe coffee beans roasting? Fresh herbs? Freshly plucked tomatoes? I absolutely am. It’s an olfactory explosion of sorts.

smells 2When I was young I often woke up to the delicious smells of onions frying, a chocolate cake baking, a clarified butter/pure ghee dal tadka … but the most vivid memory was of the smell of wet earth after the first monsoon showers. To this day, the smell of wet earth takes me back to those childhood days when we used to race out to play in the rain. Pure nostalgia!Whole wheat coffee dark chocolate pound cakeNow more than ever before, my world is ruled by food aromas. Does your nose lead you to the kitchen? At home here, all day long, you’ll find folk following their nose into my kitchen. It’s the most happening place in the house. I baked a chocolate cake 2 days ago. Yet this coffee pound cake was on their mind. ‘Why didn’t you bake another coffee cake?’. The  teens pestered me! Annoying? Yes!Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles I’m an out-and-out coffee sort of person! The family is too. Fresh coffee beans roasting … nirvana. Takes me back to days down south. Every house would roast their own coffee. Ours did not, but the neighbours generously shared the aromas. What a beautiful heady feeling to wake up to. Instant upliftment.

Vanilla beans in bakingI’m also a vanilla sort of person, mostly paired with fruit. The fragrance of splitting a plump vanilla bean and scraping the insides makes my day. That morning was good! Once the thermomix got down to making the creme patisserie {7 minutes is all it takes}, I had ample time to sit and take in the fragrance. My hands smelt so good.

Balsamic Vanilla Basil StrawberriesTry reducing fresh strawberries and vanilla bean for a compote. The whole house smells beautiful. Seriously … never underestimate the power of smell. Walk into a good coffee shop and if you’re like me, you’ll fall into a trance! 
hocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles So to cut a long story short, I was MAD that my chocolate cake didn’t go down well. I counselled myself a little. I knew what went wrong. I had tweaked a good recipe and added more baking soda than necessary. Extra baking soda always plays spoil sport. Note to self : BEWARE in future!hocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles I almost trashed the cake yet knew the crumb was light. It was a good cake basically, so trifle was on my mind. I love it when cake obliges with neat little squares. Two minutes later, I was in coffee creme patisserie mode. Time to win the coffee lovers back! Pastry cream that smelt like heaven, felt smooth as silk. Asked the daughter to check for sweetness. She couldn’t wouldn’t stop spooning it into her mouth! Just one last spoon, she begged!

Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles Trifles are great make ahead desserts. Also a lovely way to use up leftover cake. We love fruit trifles and we loved these Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles too. Deep coffee flavours, great pairing with chocolate, nice play of textures. The cake cubes soaked in a coffee syrup. A swirl of whipped cream might have completed the trifle. CoffeeSo tell me dear reader, is your life is ruled by good food aromas? What are the smells that awaken your senses? Are you convinced that if something smells divine, it must taste even better? Do you eat with your eyes first? And do you believe, like me, that the sense of smell, sight and taste are all interlinked to make our world more delicious?

Smells of everyday

Food,  ingredients, aromas, the folk, the garden, the venue, memories, the ambiance … the entire connect weaves a delightful ‘spread’!
~For Indiblogger and Ambipur  … ‘Smelly To Smiley!’ ~


Recipe: Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles your picture

Summary: We loved these Chocolate Cake & Coffee Patisserie Cream Trifles too. LOVED! Deep coffee flavours, great pairing with chocolate, nice play of textures. The cake cubes soaked in a coffee syrup. A swirl of whipped cream might have completed them! Serves 6-8.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes plus cooling time

  • Chocolate buttermilk pound cake {recipe adapted from here}
  • 175g whole wheat flour
  • 50g cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100g unsalted butter, room temperature{or 70g butter + 30g olive oil}
  • 200g vanilla or plain sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml buttermilk 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Coffee Cream Patisserie 
  • 75g granulated sugar
  • 200ml low-fat cream
  • 300ml milk
  • 40g plain flour
  • 30g instant coffee 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 tsp coffee extract
  • Coffee syrup
  • 150ml water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp coffee powder
  • Chocolate shavings to garnish {or/and whipped cream} 


  1. Chocolate buttermilk pound cake {you will have leftovers}
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C.Line the base and sides of a 7″ round tin.
  3. Sift the flour with the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Reserve.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
  5. With beater on low add the flour and buttermilk alternately in three lots.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes till the tester comes out clean.Cool in tin for 25-20 minutes, then gently remove from tin.
  7. Cool completely, this cut into squares.
  8. Coffee Cream Patisserie {Thermomix recipe}
  9. Place all ingredients in bowl of thermomix and process to mix on speed 6 for 1 minute.
  10. Turn the TM to 90C, speed 4 and set for 7 minutes. {You can add the vanilla bean shell if you like. I did}
  11. Strain in a bowl and allow to cool. Stir often to avoid a film getting made on top. Cover with cling wrap, the plastic touching the surface, and chill until the cake cools.
  12. Coffee syrup
  13. Place all ingredients in a pan and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Allow to steep and cool until needed.
  14. Assembling trifles
  15. Place a handful of cake cubes in the base of serving glasses/bowls. Drizzle liberally with coffee syrup. Top with coffee pastry cream. Repeat again.
  16. Finish with a few cubes of chocolate cake {drizzled with coffee syrup} and chocolate shavings. {Pipe over whipped cream if desired}.
  17. Chill for about 2 hours before serving to allow the flavours to mature. You can assemble these a day ahead.
  18. Note: You can make the Coffee Cream Patisserie by the traditional stove top method too using the above ingredients.


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  • 3 years ago

    Absolute sens~ational.

  • 3 years ago

    Really lovely recipe and what a wonderfully practical use of that chocolate cake! I absolutely love your photos (have been following you for a few years now) and your props! Best wishes, Selma

  • 3 years ago

    And I forgot to say that I find the smell of cut limes and zest incredibly invigorating!

  • Finla
    3 years ago

    For me coffee awakens my senses too.
    Yeah i think too much baking soda indeed is disaster. Good tha tyou didn’t dump the cake asn this coffee dessert looks super yumm.

  • Chetna
    3 years ago


    Can you suggest a site to order coffee beans online? Where do you get your coffee beans from?

  • 3 years ago

    I love this Deeba !! so much! xoxox

  • 3 years ago

    Oh, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee or coffee desserts cooking drive me crazy! I love love that odor! And chocolate cake. Yes, odors do indeed make me hungry and make me want to cook and bake. These chocolate and coffee trifles have my name written alllllll over them and they are so bookmarked. Gorgeous, gorgeous as usual, darling xoxo

  • 3 years ago

    Why you making nice nice desserts and killing me? Whyyyyyyyy? Post something bore galore like bread please

  • 3 years ago

    Ohhhhhhhhhh, this has my name all over it!

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  • 3 years ago

    Hi there! My name is Jessica, and I run a food blog called Floptimism where, every Saturday, I write a Weekend Wrap-Up post to share all of my favorite internet finds from the past week. I wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved this post — the trifles look out-of-this-world amazing! — so much so that I featured it in my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up. I’ve included the link to the post in case you’re interested. Thanks for such a fabulous recipe!

  • natasha
    3 years ago

    Hi Deeba, so I didn’t make the awesome looking trifles, but made this amazing cake twice in less than 24 hrs!! Thank you once again for a stellar recipe!

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