Easy Christmas Trifle

Easy Christmas Trifle | All that's Jas

This easy Christmas trifle won’t stress you out but will save your holiday entertainment. Layers of red velvet cake, pudding, and whipped cream come together quickly and make this gorgeous and delicious holiday treat.

Christmas trifle with red velvet cake, pudding, and whipped cream is easy to make.

Where I’m from, there are no easy desserts. Like our cooking, baking desserts takes hours and sometimes, days. That’s probably why I never liked baking. American cuisine taught me that making desserts can be easy, quick, and fun.

 

This Christmas trifle is quick and easy but it looks like you’ve spent hours making it. I had fun using gingerbread cookies and sprinkles to decorate it, but you can certainly make it your own.

Although I prefer homemade cake so I can control what goes into it, for this recipe I used boxed cake mix. Christmas cooking is already so demanding and stressful, so why not make baking a little easier, right? The little ones certainly don’t care if it’s made from scratch or not.

 

Red velvet cake mix and vanilla pudding tinted with green food color are so festive and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. You can use pistachio pudding instead, however, the color is too pale so I’d still add the green food coloring.

 

Doesn’t it look just so Christmassy and inviting? Dig in! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

Easy Christmas Trifle Recipe

A savior of entertainment, this easy #Christmas #trifle won't stress you out. #dessert #holiday #redvelvet #IFBCX Click To Tweet

 

Decorating Christmas trifle with gingerbread cookies

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package red velvet cake mix
  • 2 packages (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 qt. (4 cups) cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) whipped cream, thawed
  • Green food coloring

 

~ Free Tip ~

Use white chocolate instant pudding mix instead of vanilla. To omit food coloring, try using pistachio pudding. 

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare cake batter and bake in 13×9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool completely.
  2. Beat pudding mixes and milk in a medium bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. Mix in green food coloring until the desired shade is reached.
  3. Cut cake into 1/2-inch cubes. Layer half each of the cake, pudding, and the whipped cream in a trifle bowl. Repeat layers.
  4. Decorate as desired.

 

Easy Christmas trifle recipe

5 from 5 votes
Delicious holiday dessert, Christmas trifle
Easy Christmas Trifle Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Layers of red velvet cake, pudding, and whipped cream come together quickly and make this gorgeous and delicious holiday treat.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1 package red velvet cake mix
  • 2 packages 3.9 oz. each JELL-O Vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 qt. 4 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub 8 oz. whipped cream, thawed
  • Green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake batter and bake in 13x9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool completely.
  2. Beat pudding mixes and milk in a medium bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. Mix in green food coloring until the desired shade is reached.
  3. Cut cake into 1/2-inch cubes. Layer half each of the cake, pudding, and the whipped cream in a trifle bowl. Repeat layers.
  4. Decorate as desired.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Use white chocolate instant pudding mix instead of vanilla. To omit food coloring, try using pistachio pudding.

Pin it now to save: Easy Christmas Trifle

Layers of red velvet cake, pudding, and whipped cream come together quickly and make this gorgeous and delicious holiday treat - Christmas trifle. An easy recipe that won't stress you out!

 

Featured on: A Pinch of JoyThe Sway, From Playdates to Parties, JENerally Informed, The Cottage Market, Life on Lakeshore Drive, and Forgetful Momma.

Follow me

Jas

publisher and creative director at All that's Jas
Jas is a cheesecake addict and the author of Balkan Comfort Food cookbook available on Amazon. You can download a free excerpt of the book when you subscribe to All that's Jas newsletter updates or purchase the full version below. To learn more about Jas visit her About page.
Follow me
Previous Story
Next Story

49 Comment

  1. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    November 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    This is very pretty to look at. You know, I had no idea what red velvet cake was until a few years ago – it seemed like a southern thing, like sweet tea. It seems like an awfully lot of red food colouring… maybe if the colour came from beets I’d be more enthusiastic, I don’t know. You know what, maybe I just need another drink…. Carolans & coffee (perfectly legit am liquor, amiright?)

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      I have no clue how much red food coloring is in the red velvet cake mix. Never made it from scratch though. Once I made a red velvet cake for my BIL like a coiled snake, with fondant that looked like a skin of a yellow python with head and everything. He loved it, especially when he cut it through and all that red showed up! 🙂

      1. Reply
        Mrs Shoes
        December 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        That totally reminds me of that movie scene in Steel Magnolias where the Mother of the Groom made a red velvet Groom’s cake in the shape of an armadillo!

        1. Reply
          Jas
          December 1, 2017 at 8:29 pm

          Haha, true! 😀

  2. Reply
    Carlee
    November 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    What a fun and festive dessert. Of course you did it up so cute. I’ll have to remember this for our holiday parties!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 29, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Best of all, so easy to make and yummy 😀

  3. Reply
    Mother of 3
    December 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Looks yummy! I just love triffles! They’re always pretty easy to throw together and taste so good!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      That they are! Can’t really mess them up 🙂

  4. Reply
    Crystal
    December 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I love how you decorated it, very creative.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Crystal!

  5. Reply
    Karee
    December 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I used to make trifle every Christmas. You’ve inspired me to make it again, it looks delicious!
    Karee

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Karee. Gotta love easy desserts 🙂

  6. Reply
    Beverly
    December 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Such a pretty dessert! And it looks delicious! Pinning to my Christmas treats board.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Beverly! Have a wonderful week!

  7. Reply
    Natalie A
    December 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, layers of red velvet cake, pudding, and whipped cream sound heavenly! I have never seen or tried a recipe like this. Thank you for the recipe. This would be great to take to my family party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 6, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks, Natalie! It’s pretty easy to make which is a plus when we get so busy with holidays 🙂

  8. Reply
    Jenna
    December 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

    So cute!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you, Jenna! 🙂

  9. Reply
    Carole from Carole's Chatter
    December 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Jas, hope to see you over at Food on Friday with this and other great things. Cheers from Carole’s chatter

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks, Carole!

  10. Reply
    Cherryl Ehlenburg
    December 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I like to cook, but with all the busyness of the holidays, I love anything that is simple. And I love the idea of adding the gingerbread cookies to the top! So festive!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      I know, right? There’s so much food to be cooked for holidays, so the simpler the better 🙂

  11. Reply
    Lynda Hardy
    December 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I love how Christmasy the colors are! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  12. Reply
    Roseann Hampton
    December 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    How pretty – I love how the top layer looks like snow! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from http://www.thisautoimmunelife.com

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you, Roseann! You have a great observation. 🙂

  13. Reply
    Leslie
    December 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Yes, I LOVE trifles for easy and impressive desserts. And this one is so festive, too! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you, darling Leslie!

  14. Reply
    Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
    December 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I am sure this would be a great desert during the holiday and for this week’s Fiesta Friday party! Thanks for coming and happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you, Jhuls! Have a great weekend!

  15. Reply
    Rhonda
    December 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I love trifles. This is the perfection addition to the holiday table. Festive, fun and yummy! Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 9, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thank you bunches, Rhonda! 🙂

  16. Reply
    Monika Dabrowski
    December 9, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Your trifle looks gorgeous and really does sound easy to make! Pinned and stumbled:) #Fiesta Friday

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 9, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Monika! Appreciate your kindness. Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Reply
    Natalie
    December 9, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    This is such a unique trifle! I love the colors!!! Going on my menu for Christmas Eve!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you, Natalie! 🙂 Enjoy!

  18. Reply
    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    December 10, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Wow this looks fantastic and so fun!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Kat! 😀

  19. Reply
    Miz Helen
    December 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Your Easy Christmas Trifle looks fantastic, it will be a big hit at any party! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you, as always, Miz Helen!

  20. Reply
    Amber Harrop
    December 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This is the most festive trifle I have ever seen !!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Aw, thanks Amber! 😀

  21. Reply
    Jen
    December 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    This is about the prettiest dish ever! Love it 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      Aw, thank you, Jen! 😀

  22. Reply
    Florence
    December 11, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Mmmm, that looks great, and so pretty too! Love the little cookies decorating the sides of the bowl, and I love red velvet cake!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Hi, Florence! Hope your week is off to a great start! I’m glad you like this trifle! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in! XO

  23. Reply
    Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle
    December 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    A nice simple Christmas Trifle. We will feature this on the Blogger’s Pit Stop this week.

    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! I’m thrilled. 😀

  24. Reply
    Elise Cohen Ho
    December 15, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    It certainly does look festive. Plus t this time of year easy is pretty a darn awesome.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 17, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      I totally agree, Elise! 🙂

Your visits and your comments are greatly appreciated. I LOVE reading them, they motivate me to keep going and keep improving. If you have a question, please feel free to leave it here, email me, or message me on Facebook. Thank you so much for stopping by at All that's Jas, so let's talk :)