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Easy Chocolate Berry Trifle Recipe


Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.


Trifle is the dessert equivalent of lasagna. There are a zillion different ingredients you can use. The only requirement is that the ingredients are layered . But unlike lasagna, trifle is chilled, not baked.

I invented this particular taste combo for a friend. She loved the idea of trifle, but turned her nose up at my gingerbread-pumpkin trifle. I understand. Pumpkin (and gingerbread) are acquired tastes....

So for her birthday, I decided to experiment with more universally palatable tastes. Here's what I came up with:

Try my other tasty trifle

Plain cake or minimal frosting is best.

Plain cake or minimal frosting is best.

100% Pre-made Ingredients -- too easy!

Sandra Lee's "Semi-Homemade" on the Food Network basically teaches us to cheat. Okay, maybe not "cheat" so much as "fudge." Take this recipe, for instance. I feel justifed in claiming it as authentic, homemade trifle. It's just made up of store-bought ingredients!!

1 chocolate cake (go for pound cake or bundt cake -- unfrosted or minimal frosting)

1 container chocolate pudding (I like Kozy Shack myself)

1 container frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip or store brand)

1 can strawberry pie filling (in the baking aisle)

1/2 bag frozen raspberries, thawed


Assembly Instructions

Cake: If you like things nice and neat, slice cake and arrange a layer of slices on bottom of bowl. If you are like me, tear the cake into crumbled pieces.

Alternate layers of cake, pudding, strawberry filling, whipped cream and raspberries

I layered mine like this:



strawberry filling

whipped cream



strawberry filling

whipped cream



whipped cream

End with whipped cream. Decorate top with raspberries if desired

You should end up with 3-4 layers total

Chill in refrigerator 4 hours (overnight is best)

Spoon into dessert dishes and ENJOY!


TycoonSam from Washington, MI on October 15, 2012:

Recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious! It has chocolate cake in it, how bad can it be!?!

Voted up and Very useful

Angela Biggs from United Kingdom on January 27, 2012:

Chocolate makes me melt. I am a huge chocolate lover. I will try this at home, my family will love it. Your name is really interesting and that attracted me to your profile. And congrats for your 100 score. Great hubs. Following uuu

calico Stark from Earth for the time being on January 06, 2012:

Yummy!! This looks so glamourous I could invite the president to my house! Yet so darn easy to make! I am salivating already! Great Hub...vote up!

mathira from chennai on January 04, 2012:

Looks good and definitely will taste good.

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on November 18, 2011:

Secret family recipe? People really do that? That's mean! Not me!

The only caveat I have about this recipe is I adapted an existing (yummy) recipe with new flavor combos myself. I hope that once you try it you will adapt to your own personal tastes. Then write "Seedplanter's trifle recipe" hub and we can link. Trifle rules -- and good for you for already having the trifle dish! Happy trifling!! MM

seedplanter on November 18, 2011:

Oh YUM. I have the trifle dish, so no excuses! This sounds delicious. So glad you aren't one of those "secret family recipe" sort of people. It's like pulling teeth, trying to get a delicious recipe out of them. Thanks for a great hub!

detkhobut from western australia on November 06, 2011:

looks good,next shopping day I will try.

powerofknowledge1 on September 23, 2011:

Yummy! Thanks for sharing

Lady_Tenaz on September 19, 2011:

this looks delish!!! But I better stay away from the sweets since I am trying to get in better shape. This will be bookmarked for a day when I want to splurge! love ya chica!!

Recipe Gal on August 13, 2011:

This looks both easy and tasty! I really like desserts that use pre-made ingredients. You get to put them together in a new and interesting way and people think you made the whole thing from scratch! Thanks for the new recipe!

kimberlyslyrics on June 23, 2011:

I am starving now

Thanks a lot!!!!


Truthfully am going to try making this-as soon as I find the kitchen-will report back on my progress

looks so good

thank you


dobo700 from Australia on June 19, 2011:

Sounds delicious, I'll have to give this one a go.

Captain Spaceman from Manhattan Beach on June 04, 2011:

That sounds delicious, thank you for that mighty mom.

acaetnna from Guildford on May 25, 2011:

I tried it and it is super dooper. Thanks Mighty Mum!

acaetnna from Guildford on May 10, 2011:

I love trying new recipes and this one looks totally yummy. Thank you Mighty Mom I will bookmark this and try if for myself shortly.

Maggie.L from UK on May 04, 2011:

This looks absolutely delicious and relatively easy to make (perfect for me to try out). Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe with everyone.

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on May 01, 2011:

Hey oliversmum! That's a good way to think about it. I sincerely hope you and your clan enjoy the recipe! Cheers, MM

oliversmum from australia on May 01, 2011:

Mighty Mom. Hi. In a way your friend did us all a favor, by not liking your gingerbread-pumpkin trifle, or maybe we would not have had the opportunity to try your chocolate-berry trifle.

It looks absolutely delicious. I have put it in my recipe book to try when our weather warms up a tad.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us. roll on spring.Voted up. :) :)

WeNdYpOoPoO from Hudson Valley NY on April 28, 2011:


OMG!!!!! This looks soooo good I will have to make it..If I donot eat it all myself lol.

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on April 27, 2011:

Hey Cags,

I will be interested in your appraisal. Our household has gone sugar free so I won't be making any more trifles anytime soon (unless we have guests).

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on April 27, 2011:

Hey Mighty Mom, another recipe I'll have to try out. It seems fairly easy to make considering all the recipe calls for is pre-made stuff. I've done a little snack making lately, but will see how this turns out. Thank you for sharing. :) :D

MM Del Rosario from NSW, Australia on April 22, 2011:

Yummy !!! a great way to end a meal.

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on April 17, 2011:

Hi Miss Paula,

Yes, she said it was delicious. I gave the whole giant bowl to her (she is my mother-in-law's caregiver). Between the two of them they lapped it all up, washed the bowl and returned it. I guess that means it was good!

Miss Paula on April 17, 2011:

Looks really good! did your friend like it?

Marissa from United States on April 16, 2011:

Looks soo good! Can't wait to try it. I'm not one for cooking or baking so I like when there are easy ways to make delicious foods. Thanks!

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on April 14, 2011:

Mmmmm. Strawberry shortcake! Now you're talking. With real whipped cream and real biscuits. Salivating!

You know, you could cut down on the sugar here by using sugar free pudding and I think there is sugar free whipped topping (I know there's lite and probably even fat free).

But then ... what would be the point, right?

P.S. It's nice to see a male chocaholic! Kindred spirits!

Alexander Pease from Maine on April 14, 2011:

This is torture. It looks so delicious. I want chocolate so badly at this moment.

It is like a strawberry shortcake with loads of chocolate. Voted up for pure sugary-ness.

Randy Behavior from Near the Ocean on April 13, 2011:

Wow I could do this for those, oops I forgot, engagements.

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on April 07, 2011:

Thanks Rhonda,

I hope you will enjoy it! MM

Rhonda Musch from The Emerald Coast on April 07, 2011:

Looks yummy and I love chocolate any way you fix it. Voted up and awesome.

Sweet wishes Rhonda

mdlawyer on March 31, 2011:

Awesomely delicious! Mouthwatering Mighty Mom!!

Teylina on March 30, 2011:

Gotta bookmark for myself, daughter, etc. etc. etc.--or shall I just keep this to myself to wow them?! Sounds easy and awesome--great combo! Thanks

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on March 30, 2011:

Hey! The winter coat needs to come off. You are going to blow that one. hehe

Susan Reid (author) from Where Left is Right, CA on March 30, 2011:

Hi trifle friends. I hope that if you try this you will enjoy it.

As with my pumpkin gingerbread trifle, there are ways to do damage reduction on this recipe.

You can use lite or fat free whipped topping

You can use sugar free pudding, or can make your own pudding from a sugar free mix

You can use a sugar free cake

You can skip the canned berries and use fresh, sprinkled with Splenda or Truvia

If you do tend to overeat desserts (like me!) it is a tough recipe because it makes a HUGE bowl full of trifle. Make sure to serve it when you have a lot of company... otherwise you may find yourself standing in front of the fridge with a spoon late at night...

Oh well. It's yummy.

sincerely25 from United States on March 30, 2011:

This looks really good.

Caribqueen from Trinidad & Tobago on March 30, 2011:

Mighty Mom: This recipe looks great but I am afraid to make it because I always overeat desserts. They are my weakness. Lovely recipe though. Thank you.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 30, 2011:

Hi Mighty Mom, I just love chocolate and is definitely going try this. I am sure I wont be disappointed.

skalicia from Jacksonville, Florida on March 30, 2011:

Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious!

lbidd54 from The beautiful Jersey Shore on March 30, 2011:

Thanks for the interesting recipe. 'Looking forward to trying this.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 30, 2011:

I am definitly book marking this one.Thanks for sharing and when I've made it I will let you know how it turned out.

Take care


Jeff Berndt from Southeast Michigan on March 30, 2011:

You know, it never occurred to me to buy the cake and whatnot in the store and layer them at home. Good stuff, Mighty!

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