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Christmas Trifle

A flavorful blend of cake, pudding, eggnog and fruit will make folks think you really spent a lot of time putting together this fancy but fuss-free dessert.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 3 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) green maraschino cherries
  • 3-1/2 cups eggnog, chilled
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Dip bananas in juice; drain and discard juice. Set aside pineapple, bananas, three red cherries and three green cherries. In a bowl, whisk the eggnog and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Place half of the pudding in a 4-qt. serving or trifle bowl; layer with half of the bananas, pineapple. cherries, cake cubes and whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with walnuts and reserved cherries.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.

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  • mkalinec
    Dec 26, 2012

    This was a hit at Christmas! The only thing I did different and because I forgot I put the Cool Whip on the top and not in the layers. This did not hurt the recipe .

  • goincroppin
    Dec 25, 2012

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  • acgoubeaux
    Dec 20, 2012

    I definitely wouldn't recommend this recipe!!! I never got past making the pudding. The mixture became so thick that it became stuck in my whisk. I changed to using the electric hand mixer and adding more eggnog, but only ended up burning out my mixer. The consistency of the pudding was like bread dough! Not sure if measurements are off in the recipe or not, but I was very displeased since I had planned to take this to a Christmas party the next evening. Now I'm back to square one and having to find a new recipe and most likely make another trip to the grocery for supplies.

  • spiker1
    Dec 13, 2012

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  • jaylyn12
    Oct 5, 2012

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  • ratherbefishing55
    Feb 5, 2011

    It was a hit at the Christmas party this past Christmas2010

  • keverwann
    Jan 25, 2011

    This was gross. Perhaps it was just the red and green maraschino cherries, but overall it tasted like gummy, nasty mush.

  • bvhuffnagle
    Dec 9, 2010

    Delicious and really pretty--a winner all around! Almost like a banana split...had thoughts of adding chocolate chips and a drizzle of chocolate.

  • budda07
    Dec 11, 2009

    We took this to senior lunch at my mom's church and everyone wanted the recipe.Kathy Johnson, Sammamish, WA

  • lv7a
    Dec 4, 2009

    I served this at our family christmas party it was a hit