Red Velvet Trifle

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Red velvet trifle is made easy by using a boxed cake mix, cream cheese, and frozen whipped topping. A festive and delicious treat that is perfect for the holiday season.

Trifle bowl with red velvet trifle.


This Red Velvet Trifle recipe is so good!

This semi-homemade recipe is a wonderful, easy dessert recipe. Using simple ingredients like a boxed red velvet cake mix, helps to make this recipe simple to but together. It’s delicious any time of year but really works well for a Christmas dessert or Valentine’s day dessert.

Red Velvet Trifle Recipe Ingredients

  • Red velvet cake mix – You will need the cake mix plus ingredients on the box mix.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar
  • Cool Whip – Frozen whipped topping.
  • Cream cheese – Softened cream cheese.
  • Whipped cream – Used for a topping.
  • Optional – Sprinkles
Red velvet cake mix box, Cool Whip, eggs, oil, and cream cheese.

How to make Trifle Cups

Step one: Prepare the cake according to the box directions. Once baked, let it completely cool.

Step two: Prepare the cream mixture by mixing together cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip until creamy.

Step three: Cut the cake into small cubes. Layer a trifle bowl with half of the cake cubes, half of the cream mixture, and then the remaining cake and cream.

Trifle bowl with cubed red velvet cake.

Step four: Top with thawed Cool Whip. Serve or refrigerate.

Bowl with a layer of cream.

How to store

Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. After that it starts to get soggy.

Bowl with red velvet cake trifle.

Recipe tips

  • Be sure to let the cake completely cool before you begin layering the dessert.
  • You can serve this dessert in a large bowl, a trifle bowl, or smaller bowls or glasses.

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Red velvet trifle in a bowl.
5 from 1 vote

Red Velvet Trifle Recipe

By Heather
Red Velvet Trifle
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix- plus ingredients needed on the box mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese
  • sprinkles


  • Prepare red velvet cake according to box using the ingredients on the box (eggs, water, and oil). Once cooled, cut the cake into small cubes.
  • In a mixer, mix together 1 container of Cool Whip, cream cheese, and sugar on medium speed. Mix about 5 minutes or until well blended.
  • You can make these trifles in small cups or a large trifle bowl. Cover the bottom of the bowl with cake cubes. Add a layer of the cool whip mixture. Add another layer of cake cubes and then finish with the cool whip layer.
  • Top with remaining container of Cool Whip. Optional, top with sprinkles.



Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. I love that you made them individual! I am a sucker for a dessert shooter and a trifle is so pretty! I love them because they are easy but I have to say that once people start digging into that large bowl it looks so messy. Having an individual one is so much better (not sharing) and better looking for sure!

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! Yes, I like having my own, I am not good at sharing when it comes to desserts 🙂