Trifle Pudding Dessert

Easy Trifle Cake Recipe w. Chocolate Pudding + Yellow Cake

When we moved to our new place last fall, a large group of neighbors immediately adopted us into their group. I did bring my homemade soft pretzels and beer cheese dip to our first get together, which helped to sweeten the deal. We’re the only ones without a dog or pet of some sort, but they still treat us as one of their own!

With big groups of people (all of whom love to eat) come potlucks and birthday celebrations. I don’t often have an excuse to bake for 10-15 people, so these get-together are lots of fun for me. 

Yellow Cake Cut in Trifle Dish

For one of these potlucks, I remembered a dish my mom used to make with chocolate pudding and angel food cake. The cake pieces rise in the pudding and make even someone who’s not a big chocolate fan (i.e. me) a convert.

I didn’t have angel food cake, but I always have cake mixes, so I decided to make a trifle cake (similar in a lot of ways). But I didn’t have a trifle dish. When I mass-texted our group asking if anyone else did, I got a lot of ????s – no one knew what I was talking about.

I made this easy trifle dessert recipe that night and had to serve it in an opaque bowl, but knew I needed a trifle dish immediately. And since everyone loved the dish, they were willing to enjoy it again (in the proper dish)!

Easy Trifle Cake Recipe w. Chocolate Pudding + Yellow Cake

Trifle Dessert Recipe

What is a trifle bowl used for?

As luck would have it, I had the trifle dish in hand before our next birthday celebration.

When I showed up with this trifle cake dessert in the proper dish, everybody immediately understood why the dish was so necessary. You can see each of the layers that go in and the ingredients melting together!

The best part? Except for the whipped cream, this dessert is low in fat! Of course you can use oil or yogurt in the cake and regular milk in the pudding. Since you’ll be asking for seconds with this one, might as well keep it as light as possible!

Disaronno Bottle

Easy Trifle Recipes

The wonderful part about this “recipe” (if you can even call it that) is that the layers/flavors are interchangeable. For a chocolate trifle dessert, layer chocolate cake (I love the chocolate fudge cake mix by Betty Crocker) and then the chocolate pudding.

sidenote – This Betty Crocker coffee cake recipe is quintessential Betty for the win!

For a fruit trifle cake recipe, simply layer in fruit with this mix or vanilla pudding. If you really wanted to get creative, you could use butterscotch pudding or lemon cake, or whatever you want really!! I can’t imagine any combination that wouldn’t be delicious!!

Easy Trifle Cake Recipe w. Chocolate Pudding + Yellow Cake

Easy Trifle Cake Recipe w. Chocolate Pudding + Yellow Cake

If you want another crowd-pleasing easy recipe, try chocolate tiffin!!

Trifle Cake Recipe
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My mom makes a delicious dessert with pieces of angel food cake and chocolate pudding. It’s a recipe that’s a few generations old and I’ve already added a bit of a twist by turning it into a trifle and adding homemade whipped cream!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, dessert
Servings: 10
Calories: 436kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • 1 yellow cake box mix I love Betty Crocker Super Moist
  • 3 eggs*
  • 1 cup water*
  • ½ cup nonfat greek yogurt*
  • 1 box Cook & Serve Chocolate Pudding
  • 3 cups nonfat or lowfat milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • The cake and pudding can should be made in advance, making assembly fast and easy.


  • (follow instructions on your cake mix – as they may differ)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, and yogurt. Pour into greased pan.
  • Bake for 27-32 minutes until center feels cakey and no longer doughy. Cool completely.


  • (follow instructions on your cake mix – as they may differ)
  • Whisk mix and 3 cups milk in medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until mixture comes to full boil. Pour pudding into bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap over top of pudding (this prevents the thick ‘skin’). Refrigerate at least three hours.


  • In a stand mixer fixed with the whisk or a large bowl with a hand blender, whisk heavy cream until ripples start to hold in the cream. Add in sugar, amaretto, and vanilla. Continue whisking until cream reaches a thick consistency and peaks form.


  • Cut cake into 1-inch pieces. In a trifle dish, layer cake, pudding, and whipped cream. Repeat until dish is filled. Top with remaining cake crumbles.
  • Cake can be assembled ahead of time as well, but should be eaten within a few hour for best results.
  • *Follow recipe on the back of the cake and pudding boxes. I use all the same measurements. For the cake replace oil with nonfat greek yogurt. Use nonfat or lowfat milk in the pudding for runnier consistency.


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Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 1mg

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