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Chocolate Strawberry Punch Bowl Trifle

I threw this dessert together when I needed something quick to take to my in-laws’. Because it’s beautiful, everyone thinks it requires a lot of effort. It’s easy. And the recipe makes a lot, making this perfect for potlucks and large gatherings. —Kristi Judkins, Morrison, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    28 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 quart fresh whole strawberries, sliced
  • 1 carton (13-1/2 ounces) strawberry glaze
  • 2 cartons (12 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • Shaved chocolate, optional


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 13x9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Cut cake into 1-in. cubes. Place half of the cubes in a 6-qt. glass punch bowl. Top with half of the sliced strawberries; drizzle with half of the strawberry glaze. Spread with 3-1/2 cups whipped topping.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat frosting on high for 20-30 seconds or until pourable, stirring often; cool slightly. Drizzle half over the whipped topping. Repeat layers of cake, berries, glaze and whipped topping. If desired, drizzle with remaining frosting and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
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  • Gramma Amy
    Aug 28, 2020

    This dessert is a show stopper. Took it to a church strawberry festival, and it was a hit! I followed the "idea" of the recipe, however I am one who likes to make everything from scratch.... so I used my chocolate cake recipe, made my own strawberry glaze, and used real whipped cream. I had some left over chocolate ganache that I used instead of canned chocolate frosting. I am sure using the prepared ingredients would be quick, and quite tasty though. But we surely will make this again!

  • robbrd
    Jan 29, 2018

    I couldn't find strawberry glaze in two stores I went to. I opted to use strawberry sundae topping as a substitute. I didn't get to taste this because the bowl was empty by the time I got there. That means it looked good and was appealing to the 50 people at the event. I plan to make it again soon so I can have some. :) I'm giving it the high rating since I came home with an empty bowl.

  • snookienurse3
    Aug 11, 2014

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I just fixed this trifle over the weekend for my husband's 50th high school reunion and it was gone in no time! Everybody thought it was beautiful and delicious, plus one man even gave me his business card so I could send him a copy of the recipe since he liked it so much!It was so easy to make and as my husband kept saying, "it's too pretty to eat!"

  • AshleyE
    Feb 23, 2013

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  • Erin_Grimm
    Dec 22, 2012

    I substituted the frosting with chocolate pudding and it was awesome! This will be the 2nd year in a row I will be making this for a Christmas Eve party because it was such a hit last year!

  • sjhemp
    Apr 7, 2012

    This is absolutely fabulous. So easy to make. I made the cake the night before and threw everything together the next day. Rave reviews. Definitely a keeper.

  • SouthernBlueBird_SC
    Mar 18, 2012

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  • JCP24
    Jun 17, 2011

    I have made this previously from your Quick Cooking book and it is absolutely fabulous! It is so simple. Everybody can't get enough of it and I'm planning on making it again real soon. I have also enjoyed making other trifle recipes. They look big and complicated but they are actually really easy and very delicious.

  • nbrink11
    Mar 31, 2011

    Made it for a party at work. It was awesome.

  • lauramarielawson
    Aug 12, 2010

    Makes for a beautiful dessert, and very simple and tasty. I have never had leftovers :)