Home > Desserts > Brownie Trifle Brownie Trifle February 12, 2020 | 5 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. 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! 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. How to make Brownie Trifle Below is a description of what’s happening in each picture for the image collage below. Start with preparing the cream mixture: It’s made with sweetened condensed milk and instant vanilla pudding. 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. Add a layer of chopped brownie pieces. Add the prepared cream mixture on top. Press the bottom of each raspberry (or any berry) into the cream mixture Layer of raspberries complete. Time to repeat layers! Brownies — cream — berries. And then one more layer of each: brownies — cream — berries. 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! How to serve a trifle dessert If you’re looking for a fancier way to serve this dessert, you can do individual clear trifle cups (affiliate link). Otherwise this trifle serves just how you’d think — with a large spoon. Since the brownies are cut into pieces, it comes out of the trifle dish very nicely. Here’s the exact trifle dish (affiliate link) I use for this brownie trifle. 🙂 How long does trifle take to set? Honestly, you can enjoy this trifle right after it’s made. But if you want it to soften more and to be thoroughly chilled, give it 1-3 hours in the fridge (covered) before serving. You can even make it the night before if desired (see below). Can I make a trifle the night before? Some people prefer a Brownie Trifle made a day in advance, as it gives the brownies a chance to really soften and the cream to intensify in flavor. If you’re that person, it can certainly be prepared the night before. I like it best the same day (more chew to the brownies). If you’re similar, here are a few tips to making it the night before without assembling: Wash the berries a few hours or up to a day in advance. Dry throughout and then store in the fridge Prepare the brownies up to a day in advance. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Prepare the cream filling up to a day in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It will thicken quite a bit overnight. With all the components prepared ahead of time, assembly goes quickly! More dessert recipes Cosmic Brownies brownies with fudge ganache topping and mini chocolate candies Strawberry Shortcake the best homemade biscuits with fresh cream and sugared strawberries Chocolate Pudding Pie with an Oreo crust and only 6 ingredients Chocolate Cake three layers of fudgy chocolate cake with triple chocolate buttercream Icebox Cake with Oreos and chocolate cream FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Brownie Trifle 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe 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. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Brownie Trifle 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe 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 Equipment9x9-inch Metal PanParchment paperNonstick SprayTrifle Dish IngredientsBrownies1 package (19 ounces) Ghiradelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Brownie Mix, Plus the ingredients called for on the back of the boxCream Layer1 can (14 ounces) full-fat sweetened condensed milk1/2 cup 1% milk (skim is okay, do not use whole or 2%)1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding, unprepared1 cup heavy whipping cream2 tablespoons powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)Topping3-4 cups fresh berries Note 1Optional: fresh mint, for garnish InstructionsBROWNIES: 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. Video Recipe NotesNote 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 FactsServing: 16servings | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 54.8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13.5g | Cholesterol: 32.5mg | Sodium: 249.8mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 44g DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.