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Chocolate and Fruit Trifle

This refreshing dessert layered with devil's food cake, a creamy pudding mixture, red berries and green kiwi is perfect for the holidays. I like making it in a clear glass trifle bowl to show off its festive colors. -Angie Dierikx, State Center, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped


  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions; pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Crumble enough cake to measure 8 cups; set aside. (Save remaining cake for another use.)
  • In a large bowl, whisk the milk, water and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for two minutes or until soft-set. Fold in the whipped cream.
  • To assemble, spread 2-1/2 cups pudding mixture in a 4-qt. glass bowl. Top with half of the crumbled cake; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon orange juice. Arrange half of the berries and kiwi over cake.
  • Repeat pudding and cake layers; sprinkle with remaining orange juice. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Spoon remaining fruit around edge of bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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    Apr 27, 2020

    This is a beautiful dessert for the holidays and it sooo delicious!

  • sherryreilly
    Nov 13, 2015

    I've been making this for a few years and it has been declared my sons birthday dessert as well as one of our yearly Cmas desserts! Imagine my disappointment to learn I lost the magazine with this recipe in relieved to find it available here as my family would pretty sad

  • davek.
    Feb 6, 2014

    I've made this several times with blueberries instead of kiwifruit and have been declared a superstar everytime. Tastes sinfully great and looks awesome. Great for kids and adults as well.

  • Brio
    Jan 10, 2013

    My best friend made this trifle at a dinner party at her house Christmas Eve. Everyone including myself loved it. I decided to make this myself over the holiday for two different locations and once again everyone not only loved the taste but they raved over how pretty it looked.

  • Uqaq
    Aug 15, 2012

    I've made this a few times for family get togethers and everyone loved it. This recipe is a keeper. :)

  • Dye25
    Nov 1, 2010

    This is a hit every time I make it!

  • Saffy7
    Apr 17, 2009

    Absolutely DELICIOUS! I used rasperries, blueberries and strawberries. Everyone loved it and made me promise to make it again! Which I will definatly do =)

  • jennbratton
    Apr 11, 2009

    I hosted a Table at my Church's Women's Tea for Moms. My Mom and I are allergic to most flowers, so I decided to make this for our Center Peice. Everyone LOVED it! It was Delicious!

  • ajathome
    Feb 15, 2009

    This is a delicious dessert! I used white chocolate pudding for variation and added blueberries and blackberries. Fantastic!