Easy Trifle Recipe: It’s a Trifle Bar!

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Today I’m sharing a fun and easy trifle recipe. It’s also a simple dessert for a crowd. You make up two easy cakes and two easy puddings and then put out some toppings. Your guests each grab a cup and layer things in as they like.

 A Trifle Bar is a perfect dessert for a crowd. This trifle recipe is fun, easy and make-ahead.

Our holiday party last week was a success. Everyone had a blast, including me. One of the highlights of the evening was setting up a create-a-trifle bar.

For this easy trifle recipe, guests will put layers of tasty ingredients into their own cups. It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure Trifle.


A Trifle Bar is the perfect easy and fun dessert for a crowd. Click here for the trifle recipe.The best thing about this trifle recipe is that everything can be done well-ahead. The cakes can be made two days in advance (cover well with plastic wrap and keep them at room temperature) as can the puddings (cover well with plastic wrap and keep them refrigerated). If you’re making your own whipped cream, that has to be done within a couple of hours of serving. But if you buy a squirty bottle instead, you’re good to go anytime.

A great make-ahead dinner that you can serve as the main course with this trifle recipe is grilled chicken.

Be sure to also check out my make-ahead grilled chicken for a crowd recipe.

Grilled Chicken for a Crowd

Now here’s the easy trifle recipe:

Create Your Own Trifle Recipe

For this trifle, you put out ingredients and your guests build their own trifles. It's a fun and simple dessert, perfect for a crowd.


  • 30 clear plastic drinking cups
  • 30 spoons
  • 2-9x11" cakes (from a cake box or homemade), cooled and cut into 30 small pieces
  • 2 (3.9oz) packages of pudding in flavor #1, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 (3.9oz) packages of pudding in flavor #2, prepared according to package directions
  • assorted toppings (e.g. berries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M&Ms, crushed Oreo cookies, etc.)
  • 3 cups of whipped cream (or one 14 oz. squirt canister)


  1. Place the drinking cups and spoons at the front of the table.
  2. Put each of the trifle elements in a separate bowl with a serving spoon.
  3. Tell your guests to have fun building their own trifle from the ingredients.
  4. Enjoy!


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