Brownie Trifle

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This show-stopping Brownie Trifle is loaded with tender,  fudgy brownie bites, a creamy vanilla filling, and fresh berries. It’s easy to make and assemble, and is a crowd pleaser wherever you serve it.

And don’t let a gluten intolerance stop you from enjoying this trifle, you can always make these gluten free brownies to add in! 

Image of the brownie trifle ready to eat

Delicious Brownie Trifle is courtesy of my sister; it’s one of her favorite desserts that she made throughout college. A few weeks ago, she gave me a copy of her recipe and we made it together. My boys had a few bites and it was such a hit that my youngest son requested it for his 4th birthday. Of course we made it for his birthday and I knew I had to share it here in time for Valentine’s Day.

If you’re doing Valentine’s Day at home, this would be the perfect treat to make.

Process shot-- image of the brownies being made for this Brownie Trifle.

How to make Brownie Trifle

Below is a description of what’s happening in each picture for the image collage below.

  1. Start with preparing the cream mixture: It’s made with sweetened condensed milk and instant vanilla pudding.
  2. Add whipped cream: Whip heavy cream in a stand mixer with some vanilla and a little powdered sugar. Then fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture. This will make up the cream layer of the trifle.
  3. Add a layer of chopped brownie pieces.
  4. Add the prepared cream mixture on top.
  5. Press the bottom of each raspberry (or any berry) into the cream mixture
  6. Layer of raspberries complete.
  7. Time to repeat layers! Brownies — cream — berries.
  8. And then one more layer of each: brownies — cream — berries.

Process shots-- images of the Brownie Trifle being made layer by layer.

Brownie Trifle tips

  • Use a good quality brownie mix. I highly recommend Ghirardelli’s® chocolate triple fudge brownie mix (not sponsored). It yields ultra fudgy, chewy, and chocolaty brownie bites. Of course, homemade brownies would be delicious as well, but add a lot of prep time.
  • Switch up the berries. You can use just one berry (like the raspberries in this photo), or use a combination of a few. My sister claims the best combo is raspberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries.
  • Make sure the berries are 100% dry before adding them to the trifle. If there is leftover condensation from being washed, it will water down the trifle and make for an unpleasant texture.
  • Let the brownies cool completely before adding. The cream layer is cold, so you don’t want warm (or hot) brownies melting that cream layer.
  • Don’t forget to line the brownie pan with parchment paper. Food52 breaks down how to do that perfectly!

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Brownie Trifle

5 from 4 votes
This show-stopping brownie trifle is loaded with tender, fudgy brownie bites, a creamy vanilla filling, and fresh berries. It's easy to make and assemble, and is a crowd pleaser wherever you serve it.
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Brownie Trifle

5 from 4 votes
This show-stopping brownie trifle is loaded with tender, fudgy brownie bites, a creamy vanilla filling, and fresh berries. It's easy to make and assemble, and is a crowd pleaser wherever you serve it.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie trifle, trifle
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 -16 servings
Calories 361kcal

Equipment

  • 9x9-inch Metal Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick Spray
  • Trifle Dish

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1 package (19 ounces) Ghiradelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Brownie Mix, Plus the ingredients called for on the back of the box

Cream Layer

  • 1 can (14 ounces) full-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk (skim is okay, do not use whole or 2%)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding, unprepared
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)

Topping

  • 3-4 cups fresh berries Note 1
  • Optional: fresh mint, for garnish

Instructions

  • BROWNIES: Line a 9 x 9 metal pan with parchment paper, adding an overhang. Parchment paper is important for easy removal of the brownies. Lightly coat the parchment paper with nonstick spray. Preheat the oven according to package directions. Prepare the brownies according to package directions and bake according to directions for a 9 x 9-inch pan. Let cool completely before chopping into 1 inch cubes with a sharp knife.
  • CREAM: In a large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and 1% milk. With a hand mixer, beat in the pudding mix and then chill for 5 minutes. While it's chilling, add the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla paste (or extract) to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on low speed to combine. Gradually increase to high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1-3 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid over-beating. With a spatula, fold this cream into the condensed milk and pudding mixture. Fold until smooth and combined.
  • ASSEMBLE: Place 1/3 of brownie pieces in the bottom of the trifle dish. Cover with 1/3 of the cream and then 1 layer of berries (~1 cup depending on size). Repeat the layers twice: brownies, cream, berries. Chill for 1-3 hours (or overnight for soft brownies) and then serve cold. If desired, garnish with fresh mint.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: You can use just one type of berry (like the raspberries in this photo), or use a combination of a few such as raspberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries. I typically add 1 cup of berries per layer, but you may want more (or less). Use your best judgement for how much you'd like to add.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 16servings | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 54.8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13.5g | Cholesterol: 32.5mg | Sodium: 249.8mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 44g

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  1. 5 stars
    I really intended to make this with brownies but needed something fast so made the cream and then layered Graham crackers, strawberries and blueberries for an icebox cake Delicious!

    1. I am so happy you loved this and you were able to make it work with what you had! It sounds delicious! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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