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9 Must Try Trifle Recipes


We are a little trifle crazy over here. I really don’t need a reason to whip one up, but for the sake of all of our waistlines I try and wait for one. Trifles are the easiest dessert to make and always look SUPER impressive. Here are a few of my favorites that I have whipped up over the past few years and a few I would like to try!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle


OREO Brownie Trifle


Strawberry Trifle


Banana Pudding Trifle


Carrot Cake Trifle 


Red, White, & Blue Trifle


Birthday Cake Trifle


Cookies & Cream Trifle


Caramel Apple Trifle

Are you drooling yet? So which one do you think you will make first? 

Strawberry Trifle


Trifles are my love language. And thankfully for my marriage they are my husband’s too :) So last week while Sprout was taking his morning nap, Chickadee and I got to work, baking our way right into III’s heart and his stomach! We started with a box of Pillsbury cake mix and Pillsbury icing and mixed up normal baking memory to create something extraordinary!


Let me put your mind at rest and tell you that yes, this trifle is as good as it looks. And like most trifles it is super simple to put together and easy on the wallet for such a fabulous dessert, making it the perfect baking recipe for a busy family. Trifles are also great desserts to make ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until everyone is ready to dive in. They actually get better over time as all the layers continue to morph together. Perfection.


I love grabbing the basics when I am at Walmart, so last time I was browsing their baking aisle I picked up a box of Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix and Pillsbury Vanilla Icing along with a few other cake and icing flavors. Love having them to grab from the pantry whenever I have a hankering to bake. With their cake mix, Pillsbury has done so much of the trifle work for you!

So, let’s dig in to the delicious details.

Strawberry Trifle Collage

Strawberry Cake Trifle
Serves 10
A simple & delicious recipe, great for the entire family.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 4 cups of fresh strawberries (sliced)
  2. 1 tbsp. of sugar
  3. 1 box of Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix
  4. 1/2 cup Pillsbury Vanilla Icing
  5. 16 oz of Whipped Cream
  6. Oil
  7. Egg
  8. Trifle Bowl
  1. 1. Bake Pillsbury Strawberry Cake mix according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.
  2. 2. Slice one cup of strawberries, top with 1 tbsp. of sugar and mash. Refrigerate while cake is cooking.
  3. 3. Slice remaining strawberries.
  4. 4. For the whipped cream you can buy it already whipped or whip your own. To sweeten I added 1/2 a cup of Pillsbury Vanilla Icing to my whipped cream and beat until well combined. Remove half of the whipped cream and combine with your sugared strawberries. I used a food processor to create this strawberry cream.
  5. 5. Now it's time to layer! In a trifle bowl, crumble 1 pan of your Pillsbury cake in the bottom. Next add whip cream mixture, follow with sliced strawberries, and then strawberry cream. Repeat with cake, strawberries and top with remaining whipped cream and strawberries.
  6. 6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Pure awesomeness if you ask me! Plus baking with family is always a hit in our house. This trifle would also look really cute layered in individual mason jars. Now sit back and enjoy a little taste of Spring (which I hope is right around the corner!).

Discover more ways to #MixUpAMoment with Pillsbury at there website. And if you want to save a little make sure and grab this coupon!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.


Sea Salt Caramel Apple Trifle


We moved into the BEST neighborhood. It’s movie like really…Easter Egg hunts, 4th of July parties, Hayrides on Halloween, and neighbors that bring you delicious baked bread and leave freshly picked strawberries on your front porch. Everyone has been so welcoming & even gone the extra mile and invited us over for cookouts. They really were the Hostess with the Mostest! I already shared these “Kitchen Sink” cookies that I brought to one get together, and now I want to share my newest creation that we brought to our most recent neighbor get together!

This trifle is so easy to put together! Hostess really did all the hard work for me because I didn’t have to bake the cake layer usually found in trifles! 


You see they are doing a limited addition Sea Salt Caramel flavor in both their CupCakes and Zingers. Each cupcake if made of yellow cake, a caramel creme filling, iced with caramel icing, and topped with the Hostess known Original Squiggle® & a dash sea salt. They will be on store shelves nationwide until July 31.


I was a little skeptical at first, because my grandmother pretty much makes the best caramel icing that ever graced the earth, but I must admit Hostess did a pretty good job on theirs! 


For the Sea Salt Caramel Apple Trifle you’ll need: 1 box of Hostess Sea Salt Caramel CupCakes, 1 large can of caramel apples, 1 large box of instant vanilla pudding (and milk), 2 tubs of whipped cream, and caramel sauce. 

Prepare the pudding to package instructions.

Once you have everything ready it’s time to layer. Start with half the apples on bottom, then half the pudding, 1 tub of cool whip, now place the 8 cupcakes. Repeat ending with the whipped cream. Refrigerate. Drizzle the caramel sauce on top right before serving. 


 The Hostess Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes really made this dessert delicious. I can only imagine how good it would be if you added in a layer of the Zingers as well!

For more information about these limited time treats, be sure to follow Hostess on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!



Hostess sponsored this blog post, but as always the opinions are all mine.


Banana Pudding Trifle Recipe


So trifles have been quite the hit around here lately, both on Pinterest and at get togethers with friends. I shared this Carrot Cake Trifle a few weeks ago and the Peanut Butter Fudge one is always a hit! And I have to mention the OREO Brownie trifle if you are a huge chocolate fan :)

So, today, I am keeping the trifle dessert trend going. However, I almost didn’t.

This is how it went. III decided to stop by the store on his way home from The Home Depot and asked what I needed.

**Sidebar…have I mentioned we moved the last weekend in March and life has been crazy, because we have also hit the 34 week mark with Sprout…so new house and new baby in a month! Plus a sweet 17 month old who is having a little sleep trouble lately :/ Hope that explains my MIAness.

Back to my story: we were headed to some friends house for Easter, and I had offered to bring dessert. I asked III what he thought I should bring and he said cookies. I wasn’t feeling it, then he mentioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Delicious, but I wasn’t quite up for the task. I suggested banana pudding and he asked why I even asked if I already knew what I wanted to make….sound familiar? Luckily, he is a big fan so it all worked out in the end! In hopes to “fancy up” the banana pudding I presented it trifle style.


There is a sneak peak of the new house in the background (except the countertops and backsplash are about to undergo a change!). Also have a new table and chair project to share with you!

On to the recipe!


I really loved this dessert. It was delicious, but not too sweet! If you want to make it a little more “homemade” you can whip your own cream & bake the pound cake from scratch! 



Carrot Cake Trifle Recipe


If you are a peanut butter lover, you have to try my Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle and those who are OREO obsessed like my husband, then this OREO Brownie Trifle is to die for. But if you aren’t a chocolate lover (hey mom!) then this Carrot Cake trifle is about to rise to the top of your favorite dessert list! Promise.

As you might can tell I LOVE a good trifle. However, I don’t always have a great reason to make such a huge dessert, so when the opportunity does present itself I always jump. Last week my Sunday school class got together and each of us brought different parts of the meal. I brought dessert!


This trifle turned out absolutely fantastic, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Let me explain a little more about the goodness that is a trifle. They are like cake, but not exactly….it doesn’t come out in a nice clean slice, more of a glob so grab a spoon. The cake stays super moist since it’s surrounded by other creamy goodness. AND you get the perfect cake/icing combination in EVERY bite. It won’t last long at any party! So let’s get to it!



Chickadee LOVED licking the whipped cream cheese spoon after all was said and done! And I even felt okay letting her have a little bit after dinner because after all it’s a “veggie dessert” right?

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If you are feeling really adventurous, and have the time, this dessert would look really cute layered in individual mason jars. A perfect Easter dessert/gift too if you ask me!