Trifle Pudding Cake

Trifle is a delicious dessert usually made by layering sponge cake, custard, fruit, cream, and sometimes jelly. Try this super easy recipe for Trifle Pudding Cake that you can make in under 15 minutes! Next time you’re having dinner guests and just can’t find the time to make an elaborate dessert, this one can save the day! Oh by the way, did we say it’s so easy that even kids can make it? Take a look!

Prep time: 15 min
Chill time: 3 hours
Serves: 16


Pound Cake – 16 oz loaf
Fruit Cocktail – 30 oz can
Whipped Topping – 16 oz tub
Vanilla Instant Pudding – 5 oz pkt
Cold Milk – 3.5 cups
Maraschino Cherries – for garnishing (optional)


1. Slice the Pound Cake and layer the bottom of the serving dish (9 in x 13 in).
2. Take a fork and poke holes in the Pound Cake. Set aside.
3. Empty the Instant Pudding mix in a bowl.
4. Add in the cold Milk and whisk.
5. The Milk has to be mixed in fast as the pudding mix sets very quickly.
6. Mix well and pour the Pudding over the cake before the pudding starts to set. Keep aside.
7. Open the can of Fruit Cocktail and drain all the juice from it.
8. Pour the fruit into a bowl and mix in the Whipped Topping.
9. Mix well until all the fruits are well coated.
10. Put a think layer of the fruit/cream topping over the Cake and Pudding.
11. Allow it to chill for 2-3 hours.
12. Serve with a Maraschino Cherry on the top!

1. Substitute Fruit Cocktail can for fresh fruits.
2. Substitute Whipped Topping with Heavy Cream, whipped stiff.
3. For super moist cake, dab some fruit juice on the cake before pouring the pudding.
4. To incorporate jelly into the recipe, use any flavor Jello, mix it with needed water and pour over cake before the pudding (In this case, wait until pudding sets and then layer it).

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52 thoughts on “Trifle Pudding Cake

  1. Hii. I have made this recipe s couple of times . It was always a big hit. I was invmauritius then. Now i am back in india where i cud not find the instant pudding mix. How shoulf i make this pudding now. What is the substitute. Thanks

  2. Kids in the kitchen, how cute! i wonder if it would taste as good if the fruit was used as layer with the cream on top.

  3. Hi,

    I had tried to prepare caramel sauce once. Unfortunately it didn’t turn brown and the sugar started crystallizing. All I did was added around a cup of granulated sugar with little bit of water in a pan on medium heat and was stirring continuously. Is there anything I did wrong? Should I use any particular kind of sugar?

    1. Hi Rose,

      We have done it without using water at all. The sugar just starts to melt on its own and turns brown.

  4. Hi,
    I’m planning to make this for my daughter’s birthday but need to carry it to the place where we’re having the party. Will the whipped fruit layer melt in the process. What can I do to ensure that it doesn’t.

    Please let me know asap, as it’s in 2 days.


  5. Hi, I am planning to make this for a party soon. How many days in advance can I make this and how do I store this? Is this served cold or at room temperature?

    1. Hi Divya,

      Sorry for the late response… The cake actually tastes better if it is made in advance so it gives it time to soak in all the flavors. A couple of days should be fine. Store it in a covered container in the fridge. You can serve it cold.

  6. Hi Anuja&Hetal

    I am big lover of ur program…next week is my son’s bday so i m planning to make this trifle pudding with some variations..i think to add a jelly layer on top of cake…so can i use ready to eat jelly instead of jelly powder..i ve no time to try it n see thats y i thgt to ask to u expertise..
    pls reply…


    1. Hi Devi,

      Honestly, we do not care for jelly in this cake so have not tried it. I can tell you this…it will be very difficult to spread ready to eat jelly over the cake because you have already covered it with the pudding mixture. If you do it before, the pudding will not absorb.

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  8. hi hetal can you please help me im looking for a great muffin recipie with chocolate. i was wondering if you can make a video of it. im from the uk so can you help much aprecciated:)

    1. Hello Alice, Helaly, Helal, Pandeep and Pitdeep,

      When asked nicely, we do our best to accommodate our viewers’ requests. However, we do not appreciate or tolerate rude and immature comments (hence, those have been removed).

  9. hi abhuja,
    its really gr8 fun watching this recepie with so smart kids wish i cld b one of thm….:)but would say this recepies sounds really tasty n will sure try once

  10. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I am a new fan of your website.. and all the recipes i’ve tried out by now has come out great.. i now recommend your website to my friends who have just started getting used to kitchen, since the recipes are simple and awesome..
    i have one request, could you please add more dessert recipes which are easy to prepare…?? thanks a lot…

    1. Hi Vinaya,
      Thank you so much for the compliment and for spreading the word about our site, that is the way we grow 🙂
      Also, a BIG welcome to the SMTC family.
      We will take note of your request and we always do strive to put out recipes that are good and quick and easy 🙂

  11. Hii Hetal & Anuja

    Love ur receipes…this one is such a delight to watch…never seen such cute chefs…keep up the good work..i have tried some of ur receipes n it had come out really well…ur videos r really encouraging…thank you….

  12. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I have a question, but not related to this, can you please help me out:

    Can you please tell me a basic, easy recipe of how I could make Caramel Syrup (I need 2 tablespoons only).


    1. Hi Pia,

      Basically, caramel sauce is a mixture of sugar, butter and heavy cream. Using a heavy bottom pan, melt 1/4 cup of sugar, let it come to a boil (stirring continuously) and allow it to darken in color. Then, add 1 1/2 Tbsp of butter and keep stirring until its all mixed in well. Remove the pan from the heat and add 2 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream. Mix well until smooth.

  13. Wow!!!!! I just loved the video. How irresistible it would have been for the kids not to lick the most tempting pudding…. I might still do the same even now :-)). Loved the kids and their efforts!

  14. hmmm. they really are your kids……….. entire chef family, or rather I should say, you two are great teachers for entire world……… 🙂 I loved watching this one… cute!!!!!! btw, would have loved to see you two mommies with them too. would have loved to see who were anuja’s and who were hetal’s kids……..

    nice one. keep uploading such cute videos. when i will have kids, i will make them watch this one. very inspiring for kids.

  15. Hi!

    Just a question. The custard used for the trifle contains gelatin, which is an animal product I don’t necessarily care for. Any other suggestions for the custard? Also, can whipped whipping cream be uses in lieu of the cool whip?

    Thank you.

  16. Hey, lovely dessert and a fantastic presentation by the kids and of course Hetal and Anuja. Keep up the great work ladies…………

  17. Hi Shruti,

    Interesting….we’ve never tried it (vanilla just seems to be a neutral flavor for most people), but we’re sure it would taste really good. If you do try it, please post your feedback. We’re love to hear it!

  18. simply delighted to see kids whipping up a delicious dessert. Bravo…keen to see more recipes done by kids. very inspiring to my kids. me and my maid love ‘show me the curry’!

  19. Hi Sadia,

    Interesting comment. Most people like this cake because it is not too sweet :).

    The only place you could get away with adding additional sugar is the milk. Just dissolve as much sugar as you like into the milk before adding it to the pudding mix. That will make the pudding sweeter and add more sweetness to the whole dessert.

  20. hi anuja and hetal,

    very nice recipe and i tried it.

    but i hv question.this trifle is not that much sweet.what should i do to make it more sweeter??

    plzz reply


  21. really cute video..

    i mixed the fruits in the custard after draining them off their juice..and used jelly as the top layer instead of cream..
    (as my guests were the health freak ones)

    Next time whip it is..:)

  22. Hello,
    Can you tell me is the loaf cake eggles?
    If yes then where can I get it?
    Also is the vanilla instant pudding mix eggless?
    If yes where can I get it?

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