Chocotorta Trifle

Chocotorta Trifle

Chocotorta Trifle is a fun twist on a popular Argentine no-bake cake recipe. Made with chocolate cookies, cream cheese, and dulce de leche, this is an ultra decadent and scrumptious dessert!

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Chocotorta Trifle

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hello everyone. I hope you are doing well. And if you feel a little off, I hope a slice of cake to celebrate my birthday (In a couple of days) would help you. But just to clarify: I don’t have any cake to share with you, so you should take care of it yourself. (And then ship me any leftovers!) I mean, this totally makes sense. The birthday part from me, the cake part from you LOL.

For the last couple of years, I’ve got a tradition to share one special recipe around my birthdays. It was either a dessert from my childhood or anything with dulce de leche. Often both in one recipe. Like this Dulce de Leche Honey Cake. And this Dulce de Leche French Toast Casserole. Or these Waffle Tubes (Trubochki). Dulce de leche might not be the thing that everyone would associate with celebration. On the other hand, that’s one of my favourite things ever (Even more than lavender – sorry for such horrible news). That’s why dulce de leche recipes are perfect for celebrating my birthdays.

Dulce De Leche Love

Oh man, I do love dulce de leche! Sometimes even more than I love my husband! LOL (In my excuse, I’ve known my husband for 16 years+, and dulce de leche? Like almost 2.5 times longer!)

Naturally, dulce de leche is one of the most popular hashtags here. It’s like I celebrate my birthdays at least seven – ten times a year!

And I am so excited to present you this Chocotorta Trifle.

Chocotorta – Argentinean Cake

Have you heard of or tried Chocotorta? It’s a popular Argentinian no bake cake. It features chocolate cookies soaked in milk or coffee and a luscious and rich cream cheese dulce de leche cream. It is usually topped with a layer of ganache and garnished with extra dulce de leche. By the way, in my humble opinion Argentinian dulce de leche is simply the best. When we travel to Argentina, I will make sure to sample as many brands as possible haha.

Basically, you can call it an Argentinian tiramisu.

Chocotorta Trifle

As you can see, I turned the original idea into this yummy trifle. Why? The answer is that I was not able to find perfect cookies for this cake.

This recipe calls for chocolate wafer cookies (You can Google to find out the recommended options). Surprisingly, I could not find anything I would be satisfied. Whatever chocolate cookies Canadian stores could offer were either American-style cookies or Oreos. Way too sweet (And with a little different texture.)

I found one type of cookies which were only subtly sweet – perfect! But they were also super thin. I thought I could make it work by sandwiching two cookies with a little of cream. Genius idea, Ben!

Mmmm… not quite! When I opened the first package, almost all cookies were broken or crumbled. Second package. The same!

That was the moment I decided to make this Argentinian-inspired Chocotorta Trifle. Besides, a trifle is even easier than a no-bake cake. I do love shortcuts when you can simply dump everything in one bowl instead of layering :)

Chocotorta Trifle – Easy but Elegant!

As you can imagine, this dessert is ultra decadent and sweet, but it also scrumptious. There’s something wonderful in a combination of cream cheese and dulce de leche (You can also check this Dulce De Leche Dessert). Despite its simplicity, it turned quite elegant, too. And I also used some vanilla extract and Kahlua for even a more complex and balanced flavour.

Oh man this was sooooo good (Despite the fact we don’t love too sweet desserts). You simply cannot resist. And you will probably not stop until it disappears. No judgement though. Something similar might or might not have happened to us.

I hope you like this idea, and you will give it a try soon. If you try it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.

Now, let’s make and enjoy this Chocotorta Trifle. Happy Birthrday to me!


Chocotorta Trifle
Chocotorta Trifle

Chocotorta Trifle

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Uncategorized


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  • about 350 gr. chocolate cookies (Like chocolate wafer cookies), preferably not too sweet

  • 300 gr. cream cheese (about 10.5 oz. or 1 and 1/3 cups), room temperature

  • 250 gr. dulce de leche (about 8 oz. or 2/3 cups), room temperature

  • 1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder (optional)

  • about 1/4 cup strong freshly brewed coffee

  • 2-4 tbsp. Kahlua or other coffee-flavoured liquor (optional)

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, optional

  • Extra dark chocolate, grated, for garnish

  • Extra dulce de leche, for garnish


  • Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer for one minute, until fluffy. Add the dulce de leche, vanilla, and instant espresso powder (If using) and cream the mixture for another minute.
  • In a small bowl combine the freshly brewed coffee with Kahlua (If using).
  • To assemble the trifle, you will need a medium bowl ~ 1000 ml.
  • Arrange the first layer of cookies (You can crumble them if necessary) and sprinkle with some of the coffee.
  • Spread a layer of the cream cheese/dulce de leche cream on top of the cookie layer.  Repeat the layers; the last later should be the cream.
  • Refrigerate the trifle for at least 2 hours or longer. Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate and garnish with more dulce de leche, if desired. Enjoy!


  • This dessert is quite sweet, so you can play around with using less or more of dulce de leche. Start with about 2/3 cup and then add more, as desired. The ratio of the cream to the cookies is higher, so you can play with that too (This will affect the sweetness).

34 thoughts on “Chocotorta Trifle

  1. David Scott Allen says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben (probably belated now)! I hope you had a wonderful day and that your husband showered you with nice gifts and lots of love. (Even though you admitted to loving dulce de leche more sometimes… :) This Chocotorta Trifle looks wonderful. Perfect to create for warm weather (we are having really warm — hot! — weather already.

  2. Marissa says:

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Ben! And this gorgeous treat looks birthday worthy indeed – SO delicious. And how fun is it to say, “Chocotorta”! I love it.

  3. Liz says:

    Oh, yeah, trifles are the perfect solution for cake disasters, etc. And yours looks scrumptious! Happy birthday!!! My youngest just turned 29! I’m suddenly feeling very old ;)

  4. David @ Spiced says:

    Well first of all, happy (early) birthday wishes to you, my friend! Turning 27 this year? :-)

    Second, I’m not familiar with the Chocotorta, but apparently I’ve been missing out. Good job adapting the recipe to the ingredients you have there – I wonder if Amazon would’ve had anything? Sometimes I resort to Amazon for those harder-to-find ingredients. Either way, this trifle looks fantastic, and I know I would’ve gladly helped you eat it!
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