A black forest trifle is next to add to the trifle recipe section on this blog. The next time you’re in the mood for a layered dessert, give this chocolate cherry delight a try.
Can’t decide on cake, pudding, or cherry pie for dessert? Don’t. Layer them all up into a yummy chocolate cherry trifle.
Easy Black Forest Trifle Recipe
Admittedly, I am the one to poke my way through an assorted candy box to avoid the chocolate-covered cherry while my husband seeks it out. I prefer a chocolate trifle minus the fruit.
Having said that, I’ll still grab my longest spoon to dip into all the layers of this trifle. Consider giving it a try no matter where you stand on the chocolate cherry debate.
Chocolate Cherry Trifle Ingredients
(Exact measurements are in the recipe card below.)
- Chocolate cake, baked and cooled
- Instant chocolate pudding
- Whipped topping
- Cherry pie filling
- Maraschino cherries, drained
Black Forest Trifle Directions
Add the milk and pudding to a bowl and whisk well.
Refrigerate the pudding for at least five minutes.
Cut the chocolate cake into cubes.
Place a layer of the cake cubes into the bottom of a
Top with half of the pudding for the next layer.
Add half of the cherry mixture on top next.
Follow up with half of the whipped topping.
Repeat the layers, adding dollops of whipped topping to the very top.
Place maraschino cherries into the dollops of whipped topping.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or serve immediately.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Black Forest Trifle Recipe Notes and FAQ
All of the cake won’t fit into my
Depending on the size of your trifle dish, you probably won’t use all of the chocolate cake.
Can I make a chocolate cherry trifle the day before?
You should not make a black forest trifle too far ahead because it will get soggy. Bake the cake, make the pudding, and get all the ingredients ready the day before so you can quickly layer it the day you plan to serve.
Want your black forest trifle extra chocolaty?
Use devil’s food cake if you’d like your chocolate cherry trifle to have a richer chocolate flavor.
Does this black forest trifle contain alcohol?
No, this cherry trifle does not contain booze. Traditional black forest dessert recipes use spiked cherries, so feel free to do so if you’re serving an over 21 crowd.
- 1, 9x13, chocolate cake, baked and cooled
- 1 small box, 3.4 oz, instant chocolate pudding
- 2 cups milk
- 1 small tub, 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
- 1 can, 21 oz, cherry pie filling
- maraschino cherries, drained
- Add milk and pudding together and whisk well. Refrigerate for five minutes.
- Cut cake into cubes and place one layer of cubes in the bottom of a trifle bowl.
- Top with half of the pudding. Add half of the cherry mixture and half of the whipped topping.
- Repeat layers, adding dollops of whipped topping to the top. Top with maraschino cherries.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or serve immediately. Store leftovers, covered in the refrigerator.
- Serves 12-16
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate only.
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