This springtime carrot cake trifle features layers of moist carrot cake and no-bake cheesecake filling. Jazz it up with your favorite carrot cake additions such as walnuts or raisins. Topped with adorable decorations like chocolate covered strawberry “carrots,” this dessert is sure to be an Easter showstopper!
Carrot Cake Trifle
Easter is almost here! This is my second most favorite holiday (Christmas being number one). Easter is a particularly joyful celebration of life and, of course, no celebration is complete without food.
Baked ham is our protein of choice and a fresh side vegetable such as roasted carrots with feta. If you’re anything like our family, you’ll have lots of ham leftovers so be sure to check out my cheesy ham dinner for a quick makeover.
For dessert, serve this impressive carrot cake trifle. I’m no cake decorator and when I try to make a beautiful cake, they usually result in a “Pinterest fail.” That’s why I love trifles! They’re so easy to make and turn out gorgeous, especially when you serve it in a fancy glass bowl.
For this carrot cake trifle, I layered chunks of carrot cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting. For decoration, I added some strawberries dipped in orange colored chocolate. They look like cute little carrots and they highlight the flavor of the cake.
The filling layers can be made with either whipped topping or heavy cream. I’ve included instructions below for whichever option you prefer best. Heavy cream will give it a looser texture which is ideal for trifles. Cool whip will give it a stiffer consistency more like a no-bake cheesecake.
Ingredients you will need
- 1 carrot cake (from a box, scratch or store)
- 12 oz whipped topping OR 12 oz heavy cream
- 16 oz cream cheese, well softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Options for garnish:
- Strawberries dipped in orange colored white chocolate
- Pineapple, well drained
- Shredded coconut (white or “grass green”)
- Various Easter candy
Helpful kitchen tools
This trifle can also be personalized to your particular taste. Many people enjoy the addition of walnuts, pineapple, raisins or even coconut baked into carrot cake.
If desired, you can create a trifle layer with about 1-2 cups per layer. For example; cake, frosting, walnuts, cake, frosting, raisins, etc.
Or, you can use your favorite ingredient as a garnish for the trifle (pineapple rings would be pretty). You could even have small bowls with these toppings around the trifle and people can add them as they please like a “build your own sundae.” If using pineapple, drain well or the trifle will become watery.
Easter desserts are always so much fun! Dancing with pretty pastel colors, they’re not only delicious desserts, but treats to our eyes! Make sure to check out some of our favorite Easter desserts below!
- Checkerboard Cake for Easter– this checkerboard cake is full of pretty colors and will WOW your guests!
- Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars– another colorful dessert are these sugar cookie bars, perfect for spring and Easter!
- Easter Chick Cupcakes– these adorable cupcakes are so easy, you don’t need to be a skilled baker to make them!
- Funfetti Marshmallow Cereal Bars– an easy recipe filled with sprinkles to add some fun color!
- Easter Bunny Cupcakes– bunny cupcakes! Need I explain more?
- French Silk Pie– this recipe is one that my family makes every year for Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. We love it that much!
- Rice Krispie Nests– amongst the most popular Easter dessert, these krispie nests are SO cute and make the perfect Easter dessert!