Punch Bowl Trifle Recipe

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This impressive-looking trifle is an easy way to serve a big group a little different dessert. It's cool, creamy and loaded with fruit.—Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:55 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 55 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
  • 4 medium ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) fruit cocktail, drained
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (7 ounces) flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set the pineapple aside. Prepare cake batter according to package directions, substituting pineapple juice for the water (add water if necessary for the required measurement). Bake as directed in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare pudding according to package directions. Cut the cake into 1-in. cubes; place half in a 6-qt. punch bowl. Top with half of the pudding, pie filling, pineapple, bananas, fruit cocktail, oranges, whipped topping and coconut. Repeat layers. Cover and chill for 6 hours or overnight. Yield: 55 (1/2-cup) servings.
Originally published as Punch Bowl Trifle in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p54

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