Murder by Death by Chocolate
So, this title might seem terrifying to you; however, there’s always an answer to the inquisitive eyebrow raise that you all are probably giving to me through your tablet and laptop screens. First of all, let’s start with Murder By Death, an amazing indie rock band. They’re named for a Neil Simon movie. Am I becoming less creepy as I explain? I saw them play last night and they were on point! I love live music, but live music means late nights. So, as I was driving home on a Wednesday at 11:30 PM, I begged and pleaded to the snow day spirits. Let’s be honest, four and a half hours is not enough sleep for a teacher when there’s a full day of school ahead. I was terribly disappointed when I did not get the text alert saying, “Your school is cancelled. Go back to sleep, now!” Okay, maybe the alert doesn’t quite say that, but it is implied.
I put on my big girl pants and scarf because that’s all a girl can do when she has responsibilities. All the while thinking, “That concert was great and totally worth the lost sleep, but I really need coffee and chocolate right now.” I drank the equivalent of 60 ounces of coffee today. Judge me. It’s been a long, snowy week. Also, I’m addicted to coffee, so there’s that.
When I saw my sister last weekend, we were talking about food and she mentioned the Death by Chocolate Trifle that my mom used to make on special occasions. I haven’t had it in years, but it’s been on my mind all week now. So, the day after the Murder by Death concert I present to you a slightly-coffee-infused-take-away-all-the-school-day-woes Death by Chocolate–a Murder by Death by Chocolate, if you will. As I was creating this dish, I texted my sister a photograph of the trifle. To my disappointment, she informed me that she was on a cleanse and won’t be eating sweets. Oh, the horror. I give props to people with the power to cleanse. I eat healthy, don’t get me wrong, but a girl like me can’t live off of solely juiced vegetables and kale. As David Matthews once sang, “Celebrate we will, ’cause life is short but sweet for certain.”
Good news for all of you gluten-free buddies, the cake used in this trifle is flour-less. It’s also super moist and easily crumbles into the cake layers for the trifle.
I use a little semi-sweet and a little bitter-sweet
My favorite coffee mug with the nard-dog himself, Andrew Bernard.
I cut the cake into small squares and then crumble with my hands.
Enough for a few baby trifles!