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An Easy Trifle for the Valentine’s Day Procrastinator

Today is Valentine’s Day just in case you didn’t know. 

I’m not going to get all lovey dovey on you today.  I promise.  We don’t have time for that.

Instead, I give you something simple to make for your sweetie because let’s face it, if you are reading this on Valentine’s Day and trying to get a quick simple dessert idea for tonight; you don’t have a lot of time.  You are a procrastinator like me. 

Tick, tock, tick, tock.  Do you hear that?  The clock is ticking.  So let’s not waste any time.

We are making a trifle.  It’s just a fancy word for cake layered with cream, custard or pudding and adding a little extra to that. 

So if you don’t have any of these ingredients on hand, you can easily buy everything premade at the store and just assemble it at home and I won’t tell anyone you didn’t make it from scratch.  I can keep a secret – just ask my sisters!

You first need cake.  Any kind will do.  Chocolate, white, angel food, brownies – use your favorite or whatever you can find.  It is the last minute you know.  You can’t be too picky.  If you don’t have time to make one, just buy one from the bakery or little Twinkies will do too!

Next you need pudding.  Again, any kind will do and here’s a quick tip – if you are buying pudding at the store, you can buy the prepackaged little cups and it will save you about 15 minutes of prep time.

Then you need some type of topping whether its fruit, like raspberries or strawberries or candy, like chopped up Heath bars or Snickers.  Choose whatever you and your honey like or whatever you have in the house.

Then we assemble it all, layer upon layer until your container is filled up to the top with love.  Awww.  That’s as mushy as I’ll get on you today.

See how easy that was.  Even a non-baker can make this with a few store bought items.  And you can put it together at the last minute and no one will even know the difference. 

Now stop lookin’ and get busy – tick, tock, tick, tock!

Have a happy V-day!

Basic Easy Trifle

This is a great last minute dessert that can easily be made in a big bowl for a crowd or in individual serving cups. If you don't have time to make everything up ahead of time, you can easily buy everything premade at the store and then assemble it later.

Use whatever type of flavor combinations you like for the cake, pudding and extras.

This recipe is best made up no more than an hour or two before serving. If you have leftovers, eat them the next day. The pudding can make the cake get soggy and it doesn't taste as good.

Yield: 16 - 20 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 – 9x13 cake cut into 1 inch pieces
2 – 3.9 ounce boxes of pudding – prepared
Fruit or Candy of your liking – larger fruit should be sliced into bit sized pieces. Candy should be crushed into smaller pieces.


1. Cut up cake into 1 inch pieces.
2. Place in the bottom of your container until the bottom is covered.
3. Add some pudding – enough to cover the cake.
4. Add your fruit or candy.
5. Start the layering process all over until you get to the top of the container or run out of ingredients.
6. Garnish with leftover fruit or candy bars.

Best if made up shortly before serving. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve. Any leftovers can be stored covered, overnight in the fridge but the cake will start to get soggy from the pudding so it’s best eaten all at once.


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