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Easy Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups

Make the perfect chocolate dessert to serve to your family with this Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups recipe. It is easy to make with chocolate cake mix and a few other simple ingredients, leaving you with an impressive decadent dessert that’s easy for the kids to assemble.

Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups

Do you want to create the perfect chocolate dessert that is light, wholesome, and delicious? If you need a quick and flavorful recipe to make, this chocolate pudding trifle recipe is just for you. Using a boxed cake mix, you can create a decadent dessert that everyone in the household will love. 

The trifle consists of cake, pudding, and a sweet whipped topping, along with anything else that you might decide to add on top as a garnish, such as fruit or chocolate morsels. No matter what you add to your trifle, this will indeed become one of your favorite simple desserts of all time.

The Ingredients Needed to Make the Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups

When preparing the chocolate trifle, you will need a few crucial ingredients. Make sure you have:

  • Chocolate Cake Mix. You can use your favorite brand of chocolate cake mix to prepare this recipe.
  • Eggs. You will need to add eggs to your cake mix to create the Chocolate Trifle.
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding. Like the cake mix, you can use your favorite brand of instant chocolate pudding for the recipe.
  • Whipped Topping. Thaw out your favorite brand of whipped topping to use when preparing this dessert.

Besides these ingredients, you will need three cups of cold milk and a cup of buttermilk. If you do not have buttermilk, you can use regular milk or water to replace this ingredient in the recipe. With just these six ingredients, you can make this delicious dessert in less than an hour!

How to Make a Chocolate Pudding Trifles

When preparing the trifles, start by making the cake mix. Follow the directions on the back of the box that tell you to add eggs, oil, and milk to the mix. Pour the mixture into a 13×9 pan and bake it for as long as it says to do so on the box. Wait for the cake to cool before you use the cake. While you wait for it to cool, add your pudding mix and cold milk into a large bowl, mix well, and place in the fridge.

When your cake cools down, and your pudding has had time to chill, you can start making the Chocolate Trifle. You will need to place a layer of cake down first, followed by a pudding layer and a layer of the whipped topping. You can add your favorite garnishes to the desert if you want to. 

How to Store the Chocolate Trifle

It is best to eat your chocolate pudding trifle cups on the same day that you make them. However, if you have extra or would like to eat it later, you can store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. When holding it in the fridge, it is best to cover the dessert with aluminum foil to preserve its freshness. If you have lids for the containers you have used to prepare this dessert, you can pop a lid on top of the container before placing it in your refrigerator.

The Toppings to Add to Your Trifle

Get creative by adding different types of toppings to your pudding cups. It all depends on what you like to eat with chocolate in general, but a few toppings naturally go great with this dessert. You can add chocolate sprinkles on top of the whipped cream. 

If you would prefer to go with a fruit option, you may want to add sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries on top. Miniature morsels are also a great addition to the dessert. 

The small morsels come in different flavors, including peanut butter, milk chocolate, peppermint chocolate, and dark chocolate, so that you will have plenty of options. Just think, you can also make Chocolate Strawberry Trifle or a Chocolate Raspberry Trifle. 

Variations of the Chocolate Trifle to Make

You can switch up the flavor of your chocolate pudding trifle cups by using different types of pudding mixes, including vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, and even cheesecake flavored pudding. Using different pudding mix flavors to create a custom taste, you can use assorted whipped toppings. While there is nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional whipped topping, you can choose from other options, including whipped topping that tastes like a birthday cake.

When to Make These Trifle Cups

Although this dessert may sound amazing, you might be struggling with when to make it. Well, let’s make this easier for you. 

Date Night 

If you are looking for a great date night dessert, then make sure you give this Chocolate Fruit Trifle a try. For parents who have more date nights in than out, this dessert is for you!

Valentine’s Day 

When you are looking for a dessert to make for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, make this DIY dessert. It’s the perfect dessert to make for this special day. 

When Fruit is in Season

Although you can make this dessert at almost any time, it’s even more amazing when the fruit is in season. You can’t go wrong when the fruit is in season in making this dish!

The next time you’re looking for a dessert to make and don’t know what to make, this Chocolate Trifle is sure to make everyone happy! If you decide to make this dessert, leave a comment below! 

Yield: 6

Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups

Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups

Have the kids make this easy Chocolate Pudding Trifle Cups recipe for the whole family. It's easy for them to assemble and top.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the Cake

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, milk or water

For the Pudding

  • 1 large (5.1 oz) box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping, thawed

Toppings, optional

  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Chocolate mint chips


    1. Prepare cake mix according to directions on box with eggs, oil, and milk.
    2. Bake in a 13x9 pan according to directions on the box.
    3. Cool completely.
    4. Meanwhile, whisk together pudding and milk until smooth in a large bowl and place in the refrigerator to set.
    5. To assemble trifles, layer cake, pudding, and whipped topping.
    6. Top with garnish if you like.
    7. Serve immediately or place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
    8. Should be served the same day.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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