Black Forest Trifle Cake is a delicious, easy, elegant, and huge dessert that you can make for a party or a crowd! You will enjoy each scoop of creamy and rich goodness.
I rarely make a dessert so grand because my family is very picky about desserts. And more so, we never have big gatherings in our house so… I am partial to easy, and simple homey baked goods like this Apple Loaf Cake or Pineapple Loaf Cake.
However, trifles have got me so hooked lately. I love how it is so easy to put together, and why haven’t I known? It is made of all creamy pudding and cream which I love! And surprise, surprise! My kids love it, too!
So today, I bring you Black Forest Trifle Cake.
Pointers and Tips
- As I have mentioned, this dessert is kinda’ huge (at least for my family). So you can plan on making this if you have guests coming over. You can also bring this to potlucks and gatherings.
- Trifles are very easy to make. In this recipe, you can bake a 9×13 chocolate cake using a box mix. Or if you feel like making it from scratch, you can use my Devil’s Food Sheet cake recipe (link in the recipe card).
- The rest of the ingredients are a simple mix and whisk. Then you are ready to layer them.
- There is actually no strict sequence to the layering here. You can interchange the position of the chocolate and vanilla pudding. You can switch to a vanilla-flavored cake, too if you wish!
- This Black Forest Trifle is a scoop-out type of dessert. You can’t expect to be able to make neat slices out of it. I use a big spoon to serve it to my girls’ plates.
No Trifle Bowl, No problem
- While there is actually a dedicated trifle bowl to make trifle desserts, you certainly 100% do not need one. Instead, you can use any large glass bowl, or even baking dishes ( you may have to make 2 or smaller trifles for this recipe if that’s the case)
- I used my 3 in 1 cake dome which is inverted to be a punch bowl. It is one of my favorite things on my kitchen counter.
Let’s Make Black Forest Trifle
To make the vanilla pudding, stir together the vanilla pudding mix, milk and sour cream until smooth. In another bowl, stir together the chocolate pudding mix, milk and sour cream until smooth.
Layer Your Ingredients
Layer half of your cubed chocolate cake at the bottom of your glass bowl. Drop dollops of the vanilla cream on top and spread it out. Because the cake cubes are bumpy, just spread as best as you can.
Pour and spread half of the cherry pie filling.
Next, arrange the remaining chocolate cake cubes in a single layer on top. Pour dollops of the chocolate pudding and spread. Spread the remaining cherry pie filling, except for ½ cup.
Cover everything with cool whipped topping ( how much is up to you). Then decorate the top with the remaining cherry pie filling. Lastly, use a grater to sprinkle chocolate shavings on top.
Chill this in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. You can use 9×13 pans, deep square dishes and even wine glasses to assemble this dessert in. I recommend that you use glass or clear ones to show the pretty layers.
Definitely. You can use angel food cake, vanilla cake and even pound cake. The cake base can be varied widely. You can even use combinations of these.
Yes. You can make this ahead and serve it the next day. The assembled cake can keep in the fridge for up to three days.
Enjoy! We feasted on this after dinner for several days and it is such a nice way to end a meal. Happy layering!