Death By Chocolate

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Death By Chocolate is date night in GOLD!

Death by Chocolate from (@whatsgabycookin)


Here's the deal. I'm all about a majorly decadent dessert. If it's just semi-decadent, I don't need it. It has to be all about the big splurge and this Death By Chocolate recipe is exactly that. Layers of homemade brownies doused in Kahlua layered with freshly whipped cream and the most glorious chocolate pudding recipe on the planet makes for my kinda treat. Come this Saturday night I'll be cozying up at home with my husband and a large container of dessert! Date night in never looked so good!

Death by Chocolate from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Death By Chocolate

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
Death By Chocolate is date night in GOLD!
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


For the Chocolate pudding

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Kahlua Brownies:

  • 10 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup AP flour
  • handful of chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup Kahlua


  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Sliced Strawberries


For the Chocolate Pudding

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the milk and continue to whisk. Place over medium low heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, bring the mixture to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes while whisking until very thick. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Stir to combine. Transfer pudding to a large bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

For the Whipped Cream

  • In a mixer, combine the whipping cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Whip until soft peaks form. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

For the Kahlua Brownies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray and line a 9x9 baking tin with parchment.
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined.
  • Add the flour and continue to mix until flour is incorporated. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Top with chocolate chips and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Once done. remove from the oven and poke holes all over the brownies with a fork. Pour the Kahlua over the brownies and let them soak it in. Refrigerate for 1 hour and then cut into bite sized pieces.

To assemble:

  • Layer the pudding, brownie bites and whipped cream together in either small glasses or a large trifle container and serve.


If you want to skip the alcohol, try using decaf espresso.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 869kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 1565IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 3mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. Hi Gaby.
    It said, "Transfer pudding to the cooled pie shell...". Do you mean a bowl/pyrex? Does it have to be refrigerated before transferring?

  2. Can I substitute in Bailey's for the Kahlua? All I could find were four packs of bigger Kahlua bottles at the store... and I don't need that much Kahlua..

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