Dessert. Let’s face it. None of us get to have it all the time. So when we do, we better make darn sure it’s special! That’s why desserts like this Red Velvet Trifle are so important. Luscious layers of red velvet cake, chocolate sauce, white chocolate cheesecake and whipped topping make one decadent dessert that anyone can make!
What You Need To Make Red Velvet Trifle
- Red Velvet cake mix
- 3 large eggs
- cooking oil
- whipped topping
- cream cheese
- white chocolate pudding mix
- half & half
- chocolate sauce
- mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chipped pecans
This dessert starts with an easy cheat. Cake mix. At first, I stressed over that short cut. But let’s be honest with each other for a minute, we all need helpful shortcuts now and then because it shouldn’t be hard to make a special dish or offer some hospitality!
I will also admit that I like my Red Velvet cake red. So I have been known to add just a drop of red gel food coloring to make sure I get all the color I want.
A good trifle is all about layers. This one has a secret chocolate sauce layer that you pour over the cake so that it is moist and rich! It’s the secret sauce. It makes it better. That what secret sauce does.
Speaking of secrets, every Red Velvet cake has a cream cheese frosting or some sort of cheese cake layer. But why stop there when we’re splurging on dessert? This Red Velvet trifle takes it up a notch with an easy white chocolate cheesecake layer. A little instant pudding and cream cheese go a long way to create a deep well-rounded flavor.
Topped with whipped topping, mini chocolate chips and chipped pecans, this layered delight is one dessert that certainly makes dessert worth every bite and then some!
Red Velvet Trifle
- 1 box Red Velvet cake mix
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 C cooking oil
- 1 C water
White Chocolate Cheesecake Layer
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 boxes instant white chocolate pudding mix
- 2 C half & half
- 1 C whipped topping
- 8 oz whipped topping
- mini chocolate chips
- white chocolate chips
- pecan chips
- chocolate sauce
- Bake cake according to instructions on box, using the ingredients above. When baked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- With a mixer, whip together cream cheese, pudding mix, half and half and whipped topping.
- Cut cake into cubes. Place just enough cubes in bottom of trifle dish or glass bowl to completely cover the bottom. Drizzle chocolate sauce over cake cubes.
- Cover cake cubes and chocolate sauce with 1/2 of white chocolate cheesecake mixture. Top with mini chocolate chips.
- Repeat layers until you reach the top of your dish or bowl. Finish your trifle with a layer of whipped topping. Sprinkle with a final layer of mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chipped pecans and any crumbles of leftover cake.
- Refrigerate after serving.
Making It Easy
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This looks so good I want to try it. I love any kind of Trifles. I was wondering though if there’s a recipe for the secret chocolate sauce or is it just the regular bottled chocolate syrup kind? I didn’t see it showing anywhere. Thanks for posting such a good and sweet recipe.
Hi, I was wondering the very same thing. Do you have a recipe for the chocolate sauce that you refer to in your recipe. If you could let us know what you used ASAP, I’d really appreciate it, since I’d like to make this for Valentine’s Day. Thanks in advance for your help! Have a blessed day!
I use Graeter’s Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce. If you can’t find that at your local grocery, then any dark chocolate dessert sauce will do.
You ladies let me know how you love this dessert! I love to feature what you’re cooking on the Southern Discourse Facebook page.
Hi Stacey, Just wanted to let you know that I made this dessert for a Valentine’s Day party that was held in our community last night, and everyone loved it. I’m known as the “designated baker” in our neighborhood, so I have to continue to look for ways to keep up my reputation — LOL! This was very easy to make, and I would definitely make it again. Thanks so much for the recipe. This is yet another recipe that I will add to my file of “make again” dessert recipes. I hope that you had a very nice Valentine’s Day, and thanks again!
Wow, Valerie! This has made my week! Thank you so much!! Don’t you just love it when it is easy AND yummy? It’s hard to beat a trifle. I am so glad you made this and that everyone loved it. Being the designated baker isn’t easy. LOL But it’s so worth it when the pan (or bowl) comes back empty!!
Is the white chocolate pudding 1 or 3.3 oz boxes?
Hi, Debbie! It is (2) 3.3 oz boxes. Godiva has a 3.9 box; that will work too!
Hi, no need to post this – I just wanted to give you a heads up that the 2 cups of half n half is missing from #2 in the instructions. I have a feeling lots of people will be making this awesomely decadent dessert so figured I’d let you know.
Fantastic dessert. I love it- thank you for sharing!
You are so right! Good eye! Thank you for catching that. I hope you and yours enjoy this trifle; it is just divine!
did you use cake directions for 9×13 pan?
Hi, Tina! Yes, as shown in the photos, I did! But it doesn’t really matter what kind of pans you prepare the cake in. I hope you love this yummy trifle!