My father-in-law is turning 70 this weekend, so I wanted to make something for his birthday party. When we were younger, he made a kahlua cake that was so strong that none of us could eat it. I saw this recipe and immediately thought of him and that cake. Since this is such an easy recipe, I thought I’d do a test run before the party to see if I can make one that is actually edible. It was. I think I could maybe even use a little more kahlua in the cake I make this weekend!
Bake a cake. I used a white cake because my father-in-law and I don’t like chocolate cake, but the original recipe called for chocolate cake. Once it’s cool, poke holes all over it, then pour kahlua all over it. I used about 1/4 cup, but you can use more or less depending on your liking. Let it soak for at least an hour. Once you’re ready, cut the cake into 1 inch size slices.
Make chocolate mousse. I used the recipe on the Dream Whip Chocolate Mousse box. I didn’t make enough at first, so use every packet in the box.
3. Cool Whip
You can use store bought or make your own. Since this is for my f-i-l’s birthday, I made my own mixing heavy whipping cream and sugar to taste.
4. Candy Pieces
Crush some Heath or Skor bars into decent sized chunks. I used a meat pounder to crush them, you can also use a hammer. You probably need about 5 – 6 bars.
This looks the prettiest in a deep glass bowl or trifle dish if you have one. You can use whatever you have. Layer cake cubes, then chocolate mousse, then whipped cream, then candy pieces. You can repeat until your dish is filled, but end up with the whipped cream and candy pieces on top!