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Caramel Chocolate Trifle

A highlight of our annual family reunion is the dessert competition. The judges take their jobs very seriously! Last year's first-place winner was this tempting trifle.—Barb Hausey, Independence, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) devil's food cake mix
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 package (7-1/2 or 8 ounces) English toffee bits or almond brickle chips


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for an 8-in. square baking pan. Cool on a wire rack. Prepare pudding according to package directions.
  • Cut cake into 1-1/2-in. cubes. Place half of the cubes in a 3-qt. trifle bowl or large glass serving bowl; lightly press down to fill in gaps. Top with half of the whipped topping, pudding, caramel topping and toffee bits; repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 349 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Remenec
    Feb 12, 2021

    Such a great recipe for the holidays! I love the rich chocolate flavor and the crunch from the toffee! Definitely a dessert I will make again for family get togethers!

  • JGa2595176
    Jan 21, 2021

    This is a great recipe to make for a potluck or gathering. Easy to put together and the flavor combo is a winner! Most folks like chocolate and caramel combination. The toffee pieces on the top are what make it extra special! Can't find pre chopped toffee brickle? I find Heath bars and crush those up. Works great. If you rather have a denser chocolate cake, use brownies.

  • dschultz01
    Jul 23, 2020

    Can't go wrong with this recipe by putting all of these ingredients together. Only thing I did wrong was not use a large enough bowl, and it was overflowing so it made a bit of a mess, but it was still delicious!

  • crystalcat
    Jul 12, 2019

    Very close to my Death by Chocolate recipe, which everyone loves.....

  • Survivorgirl
    Jul 6, 2019

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  • Claire
    Jan 8, 2019

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  • Debglass11
    Dec 29, 2016

    This is a definite keeper! Made this trifle for Christmas Eve, and it was a hit. Not only pretty, but delicious. The only substitution I made was using brownies in place of the chocolate cake. Everyone devoured it! Try it!!

  • Love2Experiment
    Jul 18, 2013

    Had at a dinner group and went over well. Better have a REALLY deep bowl - or trifle bowl. It will be very full!

  • nsmom
    Jun 23, 2013

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  • Pandohra
    May 16, 2013

    I made this for a Manager's meeting at work and everyone loved it. I came home with an empty trifle bowl. Thanks for the awesome recipe. ( :