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Easy Chocolate Berry Trifle Recipe

Updated on March 29, 2011
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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:

Plain cake or minimal frosting is best.
Plain cake or minimal frosting is best. | Source

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!


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      TycoonSam 5 years ago from Washington, MI

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

      Voted up and Very useful

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      Angela Biggs 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      calico Stark 6 years ago from Earth for the time being

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

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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      Looks good and definitely will taste good.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      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!

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      detkhobut 6 years ago from western australia

      looks good,next shopping day I will try.

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      powerofknowledge1 6 years ago

      Yummy! Thanks for sharing

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      Lady_Tenaz 6 years ago

      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!!

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      Recipe Gal 6 years ago

      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!

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      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


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      dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

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

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      Captain Spaceman 6 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      That sounds delicious, thank you for that mighty mom.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

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

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      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.

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      Maggie.L 6 years ago from UK

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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

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

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      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. :) :)

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      WeNdYpOoPoO 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY


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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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).

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      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

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      MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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!

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      Miss Paula 6 years ago

      Looks really good! did your friend like it?

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      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!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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!

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      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.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks Rhonda,

      I hope you will enjoy it! MM

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

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

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      mdlawyer 6 years ago

      Awesomely delicious! Mouthwatering Mighty Mom!!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      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

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

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

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      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.

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      sincerely25 6 years ago from United States

      This looks really good.

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      CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

      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.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

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

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      skalicia 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious!

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      lbidd54 6 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

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

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      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


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      Jeff Berndt 6 years ago from Southeast Michigan

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