Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hardee High School Swim Team Liquor Cake

When Amy was in high school the parents always packed a feast and treated the kids to a gourmet picnic at the regional state swim meet each year. I was always asked to bring Brownie Amaretto Trifle, otherwise known to Ann Basey and the kids as liquor cake. How can you go wrong with brownies laced with amaretto, chocolate pudding, cool whip, and Heath Bars? One year we caught the coach sitting with his spoon eating right out of the pan. We've also served this recipe for many Christmas Eves.

1 (19.8-ounce) package fudge brownie mix
1/4 cup coffee liqueur (optional)
1 (3.9-ounce) package chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
1 (8.7-ounce) package toffee-flavored candy bars, crushed
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions in a 13- x 9-inch pan. Prick tops of warm brownies at 1-inch intervals with a wooden pick, and brush with coffee liqueur, if desired. Crumble into small pieces.

2. Prepare pudding mix according to package directions, omitting chilling.

3. Place half of crumbled brownies in bottom of a 3-quart trifle bowl; top with half each of pudding, candy bars, and whipped topping. Repeat layers. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

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