This Brownie Trifle Dessert is a chocolate lover's dream. It's layered with fudgy brownies, silky chocolate pudding, and fluffy whipped cream. It's rich, decadent, easy and tastes amazing.
By the way, don't forget to check out these Brownie Mix Cookie Bars if you're into chocolatey gooey fudge brownie desserts.
- Your favorite boxed brownie mix (or homemade brownies)
- Your favorite instant chocolate pudding (or homemade)
- Your favorite whipped topping (or homemade)
What is a trifle dessert
A trifle dessert is a 3 or 4 layered dessert that consists of a layer of cubed cake or brownies, a layer of custard or pudding, a layer of whipped topping, and topped with nuts or shavings as a garnish.
Brownie trifle is probably one of the easiest desserts you can make if you're looking to impress your family and friends. It's 100% a crowd-pleaser and is appropriate for serving on any given holiday or casual weeknight dessert.
Although trifle desserts are traditionally served in a round deep dish, it's also beautiful if served in a deep rectangular dish as shown in the photos below.
No matter what vessel you choose, I promise you will wow your guests.
Can you make a trifle a day ahead
Yes, you can certainly make a trifle a day ahead. In fact, trifles are best the longer they have time to chill and set in the fridge, and they will not become soggy. In fact, the flavors begin to meld together creating an even more delicious dessert.
How to make brownie trifle
Brownie: Follow the instructions on the back of your favorite boxed brownie mix. If you're up for it, you can make homemade brownies.
Tip - When the brownies are done, remove them from the baking dish and place on a wire rack to cool for at least 1 to 2 hours. The longer they have time to cool, they'll cut much neater. You can also place in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes until they have completely cooled.
Chocolate Pudding: Follow the instructions on the back of your favorite instant pudding. If you prefer making chocolate pudding from scratch, feel free.
Tip - If you're using instant pudding, pour the milk in the mixing bowl first then gradually add the contents from the box while whisking vigorously. This technique will prevent lumps from forming in your pudding. You may see bubbles but no lumps.
Whipped Cream (topping): You can either make homemade or use your favorite store brand. If using store bought whipped cream, go for one that doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup.
After the brownies have cooled completely, cut into cubes or small squares. Also, prepare the chocolate pudding and whipped topping.
By the way, if you do not have a trifle dish (which is a clear, deep round dish), a deep salad bowl will work or a deep rectangular dish as shown in the photos below.
Then assemble... (read the next section on assembling).
Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill up to 24 hours. I tend to chill for at least 4 hours before serving, but 2 hours will definitely work.
Note: Photo missing showing the 2nd layering of the cubed brownies
What is the best way to layer a trifle
The best way to layer this brownie trifle is to start in this order:
- Layer the bottom of the dish with half of the cubed brownies
- Top with half of the chocolate pudding
- Layer with the other half of cubed brownies
- Top with the other half of the chocolate pudding
- The final top layer is the whipped cream
- Garnish with shaved or grated chocolate or nuts for texture
- When preparing the ingredients for the brownies, substitute oil for unsweetened applesauce to cut back on calories and fat if you'd like.
- Allow brownies to cool completely on countertop for 1 to 2 hours or in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes, so they'll cut nicely.
- If using instant pudding, use a wire whisk and whisk vigorously to prevent lumps in the pudding.
- If you make a cake and the cake sticks to the pan, do not get upset instead make a trifle (no one will ever know since you would need to cut the cake into cubes anyway). Think along the lines of a strawberry shortcake trifle.
- Save some of the brownies and crumble for garnish (optional).
- Honestly, you do not have to wait for the brownie to cool completely as you will be cutting it up into small cubes anyway for layering. Personally, I like to have the brownie cut into neat little squares, but it isn't necessary.
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Brownie Trifle Dessert
- 2 boxes brownie mix (Choose your favorite brand or make homemade)
- 1 large box instant chocolate pudding (Choose your favorite brand or make homemade)
- 1 small box instant chocolate pudding (Choose your favorite brand or make homemade)
- 2 cups whipped cream (Choose your favorite brand or make homemade)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare baking dish with parchment paper while overlapping the sides, so it will be easier to lift the brownie from the baking dish also lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
- Follow the instructions on the back of the brownie box.
- When brownies are done, use the overlapping parchment to lift the brownies out of the baking pan. Place on wire rack to cool completely.
- When brownies have cooled completely, cut into cubes or small squares.
- Follow instructions for making instant pudding
- Layer the bottom of the trifle dish or whatever dish you choose with half of the cubed brownies. Top with half of the pudding, layer with the other half of the cubed brownies, top with the other half of the pudding. Top with whipped topping.
- Garnish with crumbled brownies, shaved or grated chocolate, or chopped nuts for texture.
- Chill in fridge for at least 2 to 4 hours or overnight.
- When preparing the ingredients for the brownies, substitute oil for unsweetened applesauce to cut back on calories and fat.
- If you're using boxed pudding, pour the milk in the mixing bowl first then gradually add the contents from the box while whisking vigorously. This technique will prevent lumps from forming in your pudding.
- Prepare baking dish with parchment paper while overlapping the sides of the baking dish. In addition, spray prepared baking dish with cooking spray. This technique allows the brownie to come out of the baking dish more easily.
- Safe some of the brownie and crumble for garnish