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  • Writer's pictureNikki Glekas


It’s almost Valentine’s Day! As I’ve noted before, we treat Valentine’s Day as a family holiday in our household. I love getting the kids involved, having some lighthearted desserts like this Valentine’s Day trifle, and making some sugary treats that are above and beyond what I usually have in the house. This is not a time when I go way overboard or get too fancy. My husband and I prefer to celebrate by going out for a meal, when we are at home it’s more of a pink and red Hallmark holiday, which is really fun

To get started with the holiday trifle I make the main elements ahead of time. I buy red velvet cake mix and bake it in a 9x13 pan. Then I make two boxes of instant vanilla pudding and keep it refrigerated until assembly. In this episode you’ll see I used French vanilla flavor, which is why it has a yellowy tint, but plain vanilla is fine, too. Then, I make sure the Cool Whip is soft and stock up on cute sprinkles and chocolate hearts.

To assemble the trifle, you layer in the ingredients very carefully. The size of your trifle dish will determine how much cake you use. Be sure to be very thorough as you layer everything in, you’ll have more than enough. I use a little food coloring to color the pudding and it always looks great! Most of the time I can get two layers of everything. If I use a larger trifle dish I can get three layers packed in. I top the trifle with lots of pretty decorations and it looks really fun and festive.

Trifles like this serve plenty of people. I always serve it in bowls with spoons on the side since they can get pretty messy to eat! I’ve used this to serve lots of kids at a Valentine’s Day gathering, for my daughter’s birthday, and even to take to a friend’s house when we were invited over for a meal. It’s a fun, versatile dessert that always pleases a Valentine’s Day crowd.


Valentine’s Day is a really fun holiday in our household. I like to make desserts that the kids will love, and I keep it easy. I often prepare the ingredients prior to assembly and get the kids to help me decorate.

Servings 8 - 10

  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake, prepared in a 9x13 pan

  • 1 lb container classic Cool Whip

  • 2 boxes instant vanilla pudding, prepared

  • 1 large chocolate bar (regular or white chocolate) chopped

  • Pink chocolate hearts

  • Valentine’s sprinkles

  • To assemble the trifle: Use a fork to break up the red velvet cake into small chunks.

  • Layer about half of the cake on the bottom of the trifle dish.

  • Next, add a layer of the chopped chocolate bar using half of the chocolate

  • Next, add half of the vanilla pudding

  • Lastly, add half of the Cool Whip

  • Repeat these layers one more time.

  • One top of the final Cool Whip layer sprinkle any remaining pieces of the chocolate bar, sprinkles, and the chocolate hearts.

Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT. She is currently operating with COVID-safe procedures and is happy to discuss your event and catering needs with you. To discuss further please contact or call 203.658.8659.

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