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Easy & Delicious Red Velvet Trifle Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Red Velvet Trifle, trifle
Servings 10


For the Red Velvet Cake:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 0.5 oz Wilton Red Gel Icing Food Coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 3 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • Chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings


For the Red Velvet Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease + flour two or three 9 inch cake pans. I used three because I was making a 3 layer cake. You can bake it in two but please note your cooking time WILL change. This is a thin batter and I feel using 3 pans helps it cook more evenly without overcooking the edges.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a medium-sized bowl. 
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and oil until blended. Add the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, vanilla and red food gel until combined. Stir in the vinegar. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes. 
  4. *Note, the batter will be thin and very bright red. No worries, the color will deepen when the flour and cocoa mixture is added.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture into the red mixture. Mix on low, and incorporate the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Evenly pour the batter into three pans. Bake the cake layers for 35 minutes until the center will no longer move when you shake the pans. Do not overcook. Use a pick inserted in the middle. You want moist crumbs. Remove pans from the oven; cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool. Crumble or chop into pieces.

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Filling:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cold whipping cream on high until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla and combine well. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. 

To assemble the Red Velvet Trifle

  1. In a glass trifle dish or large clear bowl, layer the ingredients in this order:
  2. Layer of crumbled red velvet cake
  3. Thin layer of cream cheese filling
  4. Thin layer of cherry pie filling
  5. Thin layer of cream cheese filling
  6. Layer of crumbled red velvet cake
  7. Repeat layers until the bowl is full. The final layer should be cream cheese filling, topped by a spoonful of cherry pie filling. Top with swirls of chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings.
  8. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.