This easy Chocolate Trifle recipe has layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and crushed heath bars. It’s every chocolate lover’s dream.

Want more dessert recipes? Try Banana Pudding, Sticky Toffee Pudding, or Butterfinger Cake!

A homemade Chocolate Trifle with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, crushed heath bars, and whipped cream.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Quick – Once the cake is baked, this comes together really quickly, and it’s easy enough for any beginner cook.
  • Delicious – This dessert is perfect for any chocolate lover. It’s delicious and the flavor combination is perfect. For the best chocolate trifle, I recommend using homemade chocolate pudding and cake!
  • Crowd Pleaser – It serves 12 people, and is always a huge it.

How to make Triple Chocolate Trifle:

Make Chocolate Pudding and Chocolate Cake. Crush the heath bars into small chunks. Cut Cake into small cubes. (You can use a cake mix for the cake, or make it from scratch, just be sure to bake it in a 9×13” pan so it’s easier to cut into cubes).

Two images showing homemade chocolate pudding and baked chocolate cake, cut into squares to prep for the best Chocolate Trifle recipe.

Whip Cream: Place whipping cream in a large mixing bowl then beat with electric beaters for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Homemade whipped cream in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Assemble: Layer ⅓ of the cake cubes in the bottom of a trifle dish then dollop ⅓ of the pudding mixture over the cake. Sprinkle ⅓ of the heath bar pieces over the pudding then spread ⅓ of the whipped cream over the heath bars. Repeat with two more layers. Refrigerate trifle for 1-2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Four images showing the layering process of making a triple chocolate trifle.

Storage and Make Ahead Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Assemble the trifle several hours or 1 day ahead of time. You can also make the pudding and chocolate cake 2-3 days ahead of time and store them in fridge until ready to assemble.

To Store: Store the chocolate trifle covered, in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

A close up image of a simple chocolate trifle recipe, topped with whipped cream and crushed heath bars.

Recipe Variations:

  • Chocolate Trifle with Brownies: Use homemade brownies instead of chocolate cake.
  • Oreo Chocolate Trifle: Add crushed Oreo cookies, instead of heath candy bars.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle: Add Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped, in place of heath candy bars.
  • Fruit Trifle
  • Peppermint Brownie Trifle

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Recipe

A homemade Chocolate Trifle with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, crushed heath bars, and whipped cream.
Prep 20 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total 20 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 chocolate cake (baked in a 9×13 pan)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups chocolate pudding homemade or store-bought*
  • 4-5 heath candy bars* , crushed into small chunks

Instructions
 

  • Prepare pudding according to recipe directions.
  • Cut the baked chocolate cake into small cubes. (You can use a cake mix for the cake, or make it from scratch, just be sure to bake it in a 9×13'' pan so it's easier to cut into cubes).
  • Whip Cream: Place whipping cream in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric beaters for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Assemble: Layer ⅓ of the cake cubes in the bottom of a trifle dish. Dollop ⅓ of the pudding mixture over the cake. Sprinkle ⅓ of the heath bar pieces over the pudding. Spread ⅓ of the whipped cream over the heath bars.
  • Repeat with two more layers.
  • Refrigerate trifle for 1-2 hours before serving.

Notes

Chocolate Pudding: For store-bought, use one 5.9oz box of instant chocolate pudding mix, made according to box instructions.
Chocolate Trifle with Brownies: Use homemade brownies instead of chocolate cake.
Heath Candy Bars: could substitute chopped Oreo cookies, or Reese’s peanut butter cups. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 119mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 0.2mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2014. Updated September 2019 and January 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Super simple, beautiful and delicious. I like to double the amount of pudding to make sure all the cake pieces get generously covered for each layer.

  2. I made this added graham cracker crust on bottom and mixed chocolate chips in with heath bars. Turned out fantastic

  3. Hi! This recipe looks so yummy. I’m going to make this but was wondering can I use a yellow cake mix instead of chocolate?

  4. 5 stars
    I made it with brownies so mine was not quite as tall. I also used peppermint as a sprinkle for the top and served it at Christmas. Big hit and yummy! So easy and such a hit! I also think you could flavor your homemade whip cream to compliment the candy topping you use. Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving desert!!!! It is SOOOOOOOOO GOOD I love, love, love it!!! My family loved it!!!! I will definitely make it again! I might use Butterfingers the next time!!!!!

  6. 5 stars
    I brought this to a party yesterday and it got RAVE reviews! Seriously one of the best desserts I have ever made! Great recipe!

  7. My niece brought a trifle cake to a family reunion this summer, it was so delicious! I will be taking one to an all school reunion this weekend, I hope it will taste as well 🙂

  8. I have too questions: would it work if you used canned whipped cream instead? I do not own an electric mixer.
    If you made this the night before, then refrigerated it, would it be too mushy by dinner the next day?

    1. Hi Kristen, you could use Cool Whip instead of the fresh whipped cream. You could make it the night before and it would still taste yummy–OR, It would be easy to just make the cake, and make the pudding the night before and then assemble it all the next day….Hope that helps!

  9. Hi. Looks awesome cant wait to try this recipe lits of chocoholics in my family. Just eant to ask though what health bars do u use? Thanks