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Red Velvet Trifle

Chunks of red velvet cake with chocolate mousse and cream cheese whipped cream.
Servings: 4 servings +
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1 prepared red velvet cake, unfrosted (*see notes)
  • 2 cups whipped cream divided
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar


For Cake Layer:

  • Prepare cake according to package instructions. It's easiest if you bake it in a 9x13 pan, but you can do it with any size pan. Once the cake is cooled, cut into small squares.

For Chocolate Mousse:

  • Place cream in a large bowl and whip until it forms stiff peaks. Divide whipped cream in half, place half in a separate bowl.
  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. 
  • Add melted chocolate to the divided whipped cream. Use a spatula to gently fold chocolate in. Stir until mostly incorporated. (If there are streaks, it's okay.) Let mixture chill until you're ready to use it.

For Cream Cheese Whip:

  • Whip cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix well. 
  • Gently fold in remaining whipped cream with a spatula. Chill mixture until ready to use.

To Prepare Trifle:

  • This can be made in a large trifle dish, or individual cups. 
    Layer chunks of cake, chocolate mousse, and cream cheese whip, and repeat layers.
  • If desired, garnish with cake crumbs, sprinkles, chocolate curls, or chocolate cookie crumbs.


I did not include the ingredients to prepare the cake in this recipe, since each brand's instructions vary. I used one that called for 3 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, and 1 1/4 cups water.
I only used about 1/4 of the cake to create these. If you want to increase the number of servings, you could double or even quadruple the amounts of the other layers without needing more cake.