Do you need one last easy-to-throw together holiday dessert? If so, I have a super easy one for you.
I don’t have any full pictures of this dessert but this gives you the idea. I made this with box mixes, but if you prefer – go ahead and make each layer individually by hand. That is one of the great things about trifles. I think these fancy looking, but easy to make desserts are overlooked.
The reason I don’t have full pictures is because I assembled this dessert at a little cooking seminar I put on for a group of ladies in mid-December for their women’s church group. It was a fun night. I made Cheesy Olive Bread, Meatballs (will post the recipe later this week) and this trifle. I had a blast and loved cooking in the hosts’ beautiful kitchen.
This trifle was holiday themed and layered with red velvet cake (the first I have ever made!), cheesecake pudding and candy cane spiked Cool Whip. I studded the dessert with some white chocolate peppermint candy as well. Yum!
Red Velvet Holiday Trifle
- 1 box red velvet cake mix, baked and cooled according to directions, cut into small pieces
- 2 boxes instant Jell-O pudding cheesecake mixes
- 2 cups milk
- 2 containers Cool Whip, divided
- Crushed up mini candy canes – reserve 8 full ones for the topping
- 1 king size white chocolate peppermint Hershey bar, crushed (other white chocolate or peppermint candy would also work – use your imagination)
Layer in a trifle dish (or you could do in Mason jars or even plastic cups) about half the red velvet cake on the bottom layer. Next combine the pudding with milk and mix together. Once it is set up, add 2 cups of plain Cool Whip and fold together. Layer about half the mixture on top of the cake. Add some of the crushed up Hershey bar on top of this layer. To the rest of the Cool Whip, add finely crushed candy canes and mix to incorporate (reserve some pieces for sprinkling between layers) and layer about half of this next. Make sure the pieces are crushed fairly fine so no one bites into a big chunk. Add some plain crushed candy canes on top of this layer. Repeat the process and top with your intact candy canes and a few pieces of candy.
The best thing about trifles is this is just a guideline. Go according to your tastes or preferences or what you have on hand for candy even. I think another great holiday treat would be brownie pieces with mint candy and chocolate pudding!
Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas.