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27 Best Trifle Recipes

The following visually appealing and super yummy 27 trifle bowl desserts are perfect for taking to holiday gatherings and potlucks. Cakes, cookies, and pastries are good, but sometimes you want something different or unique to take to parties.

Trifles make a good presentation no matter where you’re taking them, and it’s not likely that anyone else will bring something like this.

These trifle bowl recipes will create layers and layers of luscious goodness that are sure to please whoever eats them.

The layers can be made up of strawberries, mixed berries, bananas, Oreo cookies, chocolate, lemon, peanut butter, peaches, gingerbread, blueberries, white chocolate, oranges, or any combination you want from this list.

These are perfect for a unique dessert for the holidays, birthdays, or any time you need a special dessert.

1. Easy Triple Berry Trifle Recipe

Berries are mostly associated with summer desserts. They are light and refreshing, especially in this easy triple berry trifle dessert.

This one features layers of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pudding, and angel food cake. Doesn’t that sound addicting?

Another perk of trifle recipes like this is that they are no-bake, can be made up ahead of time, refrigerated, and ready to go wherever you do.

Also, if you start to make a cake, but things don’t turn out so well, you can use the cake as part of a trifle and turn that dessert debacle into a win.

2. Banana Pudding Trifle

I think we’re all well aware that banana pudding is essentially a staple for holiday gatherings.

While banana pudding is a tasty treat, these layers of goodness between the vanilla wafers, bananas, pound cake, and homemade whipped cream will make the day!

Do you think you can whip this trifle bowl up quickly?

Unless you plan to bake your pound cake, which you can, this requires no baking or oven at all.

You need your electric mixer, the ingredients, and a refrigerator where you will let the trifle bowl dessert chill for a while.

3. OMG Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake Brownie Trifle

Who wouldn’t love an Oreo cheesecake brownie trifle with all its chocolatey goodness?

This is one of the best trifle bowl desserts you can make. It’s great for any time of the year and any gathering.

It would even make a great after-dinner dessert for your family or just for you.

This one has layers of very fudgy brownies, chocolate ganache, Oreo cookies, whipped cream, and Oreo cheesecake. It’s creamy, fluffy, and decadent.

The recipe for this trifle will make 14 servings, so be sure to do what you need to for whatever event you’re attending.

4. Addicting Brownie Trifle Recipe

Have you ever had a dessert that made you want to skip your meal and eat it first? If not, you haven’t tried this brownie trifle.

This trifle may look complicated, but it’s super simple.

This one makes 10 servings, so adjust it according to your needs.

One of the things that makes it so simple is that you’ll be layering 2 baked packages of Nestle Toll House Brownies and More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, instant chocolate pudding, and whipped cream.

5. Lemon Mousse Trifle

Lemon is usually associated with summer desserts, but you will also see lemon desserts during the fall and winter holidays.

That refreshing lemony flavor goes with any season and any gathering.

This is one of the best dessert trifle recipes with lemons you will ever make. The combination of lemon mousse, sponge cake, whipped cream, and limoncello liqueur is what makes this one so unique.

Do you need something different for your next party? Try this lemon mousse trifle on for size. It will not disappoint.

6. Salted Caramel & Chocolate Brownie Trifle Recipe

Salted caramel desserts rank up there with pecan pie, candied apples, and pumpkin pie when it comes to seasonal treats.

This salted caramel and chocolate brownie trifle recipe are quick and easy to bring this flavor to life.

When you want to impress your friends and neighbors with your trifle dessert skills, this is certainly one that will do it.

It’s perfect for a family dessert after dinner or a large gathering. You can easily adjust the recipe for more or less servings.

7. Oreo Cheesecake Brownie Trifle

Trifles made with Oreos are plentiful, so this list has room for more than just one. This trifle recipe is for an Oreo cheesecake brownie trifle, a super simple treat to make.

It’s an ideal dessert for any potluck or holiday gathering and is sure to impress and please.

While it’s great for summer, it’s also an all-season kind of dessert.

Do you and your crowd like chocolate? This recipe will satisfy your craving.

You’ll be layering Oreo cheesecake filling, brownies, crumbled Oreos, and whipped cream.

8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle to Die For

Why do chocolate complement peanut butter and vice versa? I think it’s because they are both so good. It just proves that being good together is a thing.

This combination of chocolate and peanut butter in one delicious chocolate peanut butter trifle is a crowd-pleaser.

This trifle will layer peanut butter cups, peanut butter, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream.

It sounds like a heavenly combination to me! I also imagine it looks too good to eat, but you will anyway.

9. Easy Peasy Peach Trifle Recipe

Traditional peaches and cream have nothing on this peaches and cream trifle recipe. Do you like the taste of peaches and cream? If so, this recipe will delight your palate.

This recipe is simply divine with layers and layers of broken-up pound cake, instant pudding, candied pecans, canned peaches, whipped topping, and peach jam.

This recipe will make 12 servings in about 30 minutes.

If you’re planning to make this trifle dessert for a holiday gathering, feel free to double it if needed.

10. Easy Lemon Trifle Recipe

Spring, summer, and fall are all seasons where this lemon trifle recipe will be perfect for any occasion.

The refreshing taste of lemony trifle desserts transcends seasons and will be welcome at any potluck or gathering.

This light and fluffy lemon trifle feature lemon pudding, lemon Oreos, angel food cake, and whipped topping.

Can’t you taste it by reading the ingredients? If not, maybe you should try this lemony trifle recipe.

You can make this one for your next party or save it for the spring and summer parties.

11. Lemon Blueberry Trifle

Speaking of lemony trifles, what if you combine lemons with blueberries to make this delightful lemon blueberry trifle? This citrus and berry combo is a trendy and tasty one.

In the summer, you can find fresh blueberries and lemons to make this refreshingly good lemon-blueberry trifle.

Lemon and blueberry are two flavors that complement one another, so this recipe is sure to be welcome at any potluck.

Cream cheese, lemons, lemon pudding, whipped topping, and fresh blueberries are combined in this trifle dessert.

12. Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle

Gingerbread is a seasonal treat, but that could be debatable for those of us who like it.

How do you feel about gingerbread? While it may not be for everyone, this gingerbread cheesecake trifle recipe will still be a big hit at your holiday party or a potluck.

With this recipe, you will be making servings for up to 12 people, which you can adjust up or down as needed.

Cream cheese, gingerbread cookies, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and the season’s spices are featured in this recipe.

13. Christmas Trifle Recipe

Do you need a unique and special dessert for your Christmas parties? This Christmas trifle recipe is one of a few easy trifle recipes I would recommend for you to make.

This trifle dessert also makes a good presentation with the white and red colors of the season. The green and red sugar sprinkles across the top are festive and add another layer of sweetness to the mix.

You will layer red devil’s food cake, chocolate pudding, and cool whip for this quick and easy recipe for your next gathering.

By the way, you can also make this as an after-dinner dessert at home.

14. Mixed Berry Trifle Recipe

This is one of those mixed berry dessert trifle recipes that will not disappoint you or your family and friends.

It’s colorful, sweet, and is loaded with layers of deliciousness. How do you think your family and friends will react to this at a potluck?

The layers are pound cake, creamy vanilla custard, strawberry jam, and other fresh berries like blueberries.

You can use raspberry jam in place of strawberry jam for a little extra bit of berry flavor.

15. Summer Peach Blueberry Trifle Recipe

Summer is the season when berries and fruits are plentiful. Therefore, this recipe may be best saved for spring or summer.

Summer is also the season when anything refreshing is delightful, and that’s just what this peach blueberry trifle dessert is; refreshing.

One thing about trifles is that these desserts are easy and quick to make, and most require no baking or cooking skills, so you can easily layer using premade cakes and cream and add the peach and blueberry layers.

Peaches and blueberries also have an excellent color scheme. Therefore, your dessert will look appetizing too.

16. Red Velvet White Chocolate Trifle

Red velvet cake is a dessert that almost always goes over well at gatherings.

What if you used red velvet cake along with white chocolate, mini Oreo cookies, whipped cream, and white chocolate instant pudding?

What might happen is that you may have to make a double red velvet white chocolate trifle recipe to accommodate the demand.

You can bake your red velvet cake or buy one to save time. Trifles are one of the fastest and easiest ways to put a dessert together for any occasion.

17. Toffee Brownie Chocolate Trifle

Toffee and chocolate are two complementary flavors that make a great combination for a trifle dessert.

Do you love chocolate? If you do, this trifle has layers upon layers of chocolate pudding, brownies, toffee, and whipped cream to delight your taste buds.

Not only is this trifle dessert easy to make, but it also looks so appetizing. Hopefully, it will make it to your gathering before it’s eaten.

This is a 15-serving recipe that requires about an hour and 40 minutes to make.

18. Black Forest Trifle

Black forest desserts may sound like something from a Robin Hood book, but it’s not.

This black forest trifle contains layers of cherry filling, chocolate pudding, devil’s food cake, and whipped cream.

So, this trifle is inspired by the traditional Black Forest Cake. However, if you prefer a different filling, you can go with strawberries. Not everyone loves cherries, but most think they complement the chocolate.

Make this trifle ahead of time, refrigerate it, and serve it the next day to please the crowd.

19. Turtle Cheesecake Trifle

Have you ever had chocolate turtles candies? If you haven’t, you’ve missed out on chocolate, pecans, and caramel in one tasty candy.

To enjoy the decadent dessert, you can try this turtle cheesecake trifle recipe and layer the caramel, chocolate, pecans, no-bake cheesecake, and pound cake.

When you use a nice rifle bowl, this is the perfect recipe to fit. Everyone will love how it looks and how it takes even better.

This recipe takes about an hour to make and serves up to 16 people. You may need to make two.

20. Scoop of Heaven Trifle

What’s a scoop of heaven trifle? It’s a trifle dessert that features devil’s food cake, caramel, toffee, and fluffy whipped cream.

It doesn’t just sound yummy. Likewise, it is yummy and beautiful to look at. It’s almost too pretty to dig into, but you will because it looks so good.

If you want to level up your dessert game, this trifle recipe can help you do that. Your friends and family will wonder where you found the time to make this delicious and gorgeous trifle.

21. Cranberry Orange Cream Trifle

‘Tis the season for cranberry desserts. Do you want to be the queen of desserts at your next holiday gathering?

You will be if you bring this cranberry orange cream trifle. Everyone at the holiday party will be asking you for the recipe, but it’s up to you whether you share it.

You will need fresh cranberries, orange juice and zest, and heavy cream. You’ll blend these ingredients as instructed with sugar, vanilla, and water accordingly.

Once you’re done, you will layer the cranberry filling, whipped cream filling, and cranberries with crumbled pound cake.

22. Chocolate Trifle Recipe

I know you’ve seen several chocolate trifle recipes on this list, but each one has its unique flavor combination.

Do you like chocolate pretzels? If you do, this will be a dessert for you.

This no-bake, quick and easy chocolate trifle features layers and layers of cake, pudding, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and pretzels. It’s inspired by the traditional English trifle.

The twist in this recipe is all about the pretzels. With pretzels, you get the sweet and salty combination as well as some crunchy goodness.

23. Easy Lemon Trifle Dessert Recipe

As you can see from this list, lemons are commonly used in trifles, but this one will prove to be unique.

Are you seeking a different lemony dessert to take to a party?

This trifle recipe features layers of lemon curd, pudding, blueberries, angel food cake, shortbread cookies, and whipped cream.

Follow the directions to this recipe, and you will create a piece of art that your friends and neighbors will envy.
Seldom does a trifle make such a gorgeous presentation?

24. Reese’s Heavenly Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe

How many desserts can you make with Reese’s peanut butter cups? Well, I know of at least this one.

The Reese’s heavenly peanut butter trifle is perfect for parties and gatherings any time of the year.

Layers of peanut butter cream, brownie pieces, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, and Cool Whip are what make this dessert rich, creamy, and irresistible.

It’s not just suitable for gatherings. You can also whip one up after dinner at home and let your family enjoy the peanut butter and chocolate combination.

25. Christmas Trifle Take 2

Since we’ve already had one Christmas Trifle from this list, let’s make this one take 2.

Do you want to make a unique and creative Christmas trifle for your holiday party? If so, this is the perfect trifle dessert to make.

What’s in the layers? You will layer this decadent trifle with cake, eggnog, fruit, and pudding. Your friends and family will think you spent hours making this trifle when you know you didn’t.

It looks fancy but is simple to make. You get 20 servings out of this one recipe, and it only takes about 25 minutes to prepare and make.

26. Oreo Brownie Trifle

Oreos and brownies are two of the perfect ingredients for a chocolate lover’s trifle recipe. This Oreo brownie trifle is easy to make, but it looks like it took time and effort.

You will need a box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix, cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar, instant fudge chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and Cool Whip to create this work of food art.

When you have all the items made, you will layer them with crumbled brownies, fudge chocolate pudding, Cool Whip, and crushed Oreos. Top it off with a couple of Oreo cookies, and you have dessert.

27. Key Lime Cheesecake Trifle

The first time I had a key lime pie, I lived in Florida and just fell in love with this sweet but slightly tart dessert.

Who knew you could make a key lime cheesecake, much less a key lime cheesecake trifle?

Not only is this trifle tasty, but it’s also lovely with its layers of a graham cracker crust, almond pound cake, key lime cream cheese, and whipped cream.

You can serve this trifle dessert any time of the year, but it’s most refreshing during the spring and summer months.

27 Best Trifle Recipes

27 Best Trifle Recipes

Yield: 28 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • fresh whole strawberries, sliced
  • strawberry glaze
  • whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • chocolate frosting
  • Shaved chocolate, optional


    1. In a 13 x 9 cake pan, bake the cake as per the box instructions and then set it aside to cool for a bit. Using a knife, cut the baked cake into small cubes, about one inch in size.
    2. Take half of the cut cubes and place then in a trifle bowl, then use half of the strawberries and glaze to cover the cubes. Use the whipped cream topping spread over it.
    3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the frosting for a half a minute to make it easy to pour. Be sure to stir it often. Let it cool down and then use half of the frosting mixture to cover the whipped cream topping.
    4. Continue to repeat the layers and use the remaining frosting to sprinkle over the top along with chocolate shavings for presentation.

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