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Red Velvet Cake Trifle

posted by Julie Evink on February 5, 2014

 Red Velvet Cake Trifle ~ Red Velvet Cake Loaded with Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Chips and a Light and Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting!

Red Velvet Cake Trifle ~ Red Velvet Cake Loaded with Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Chips and a Light and Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting!

This little treat was born from an epic fail.

It was the day I finally decided to conquer my cake roll fear.

Conquer I did not. In fact I failed miserable. I was totally optimistic and I baked that cake roll and then read Dorothy’s Cake Roll Instructions and went about my business. I patiently waited for my cake roll to cool. Before I decided to unroll the fateful cake roll I mixed up my cream cheese frosting because I wanted to be prepared to conquer this itty, bitty cake roll that left a feeling of fear in my gut.

The move that brought my world down around me was the unrolling of the cake roll. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crap.

Now what? As I brushed my tears away and admitted defeat there was no way I was going to let a perfectly tasty Red Velvet Cake go to waste my friends. Conquer I still would it just might not be in the way I dreamed of.

That’s when these amazing little Red Velvet Cake Trifles were born straight out of my kitchen. As I glanced around I saw toasted coconut left over from my “Baked” Toasted Coconut Red Velvet Donuts from earlier in the day and I knew that had to be in the recipe. And of course chocolate chips because I mean chocolate chips make everything better right?

There sat my big bowl of AMAZING cream cheese frosting, but it was just to heavy and thick for my trifle. I wanted something with more of a light fluffy texture and then I remembered I had some Cool Whip in my fridge. Light bulb moment my friends. Now my frosting was lighter and a little more fluffy.

So I decided to start assembling my trifles. Of course then I samples one them. And then disassembled one and maybe two because holy wow they were amazing.

Success.

Someday I will battle the Cake Roll again.

I’m not sure when.

For now I will bury my sorrows in these trifles.

Red Velvet Cake Trifle

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Red Velvet Cake Trifle

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 (1 oz) bottle red food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. cake flour
  • 1/4 c. baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cream Cheese Whip
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c. Cool Whip
  • Toppings
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. toasted coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a jelly roll (15 in x 10 in ) baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs on high for 3 minutes. Add sugar gradually while beating. Beat until mixture becomes thick and lemon colored. Add food coloring, buttermilk, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. In a bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Fold into egg mixture. Spread into prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool. Cut cake into small pieces.
  6. In a mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip.
  7. In 6 wine glasses or one trifle bowl place a layer of cake on the bottom. Add a layer of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle chocolate chips and coconut on top. Repeat.
  8. Enjoy immediately or store covered in refrigerator.
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    Comments

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust


    I’m sorry it cracked!!! Next time it will be better. I bet it has something to do with the winter weather!

    • Julie Evink


      Oh Dorothy it’s not your fault! You have wonderful instructions. It was sorta thin and dense and I wonder if that made it crack? Oh well! The “Accidental” recipe was amazing so I’m all good :)

  • Stephanie @ PlainChicken


    Delicious accident! YUM!

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef


    I LOVE trifles made from cake fails, and believe you me, I’ve seen and made lots of them! You are not the only one, and I think your creation here might be better than what you had originally planned. You’ve really got it going on with the Valentine’s recipes over here, Julie. I’m going to get busy pinning them :)

    • Julie Evink


      I’m glad someone can relate!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel


    I’m with you, Julie! I am absolutely scared of the dreaded cake roll. It just seems next to impossible to get perfect and we all can’t be perfect like Dorothy, soo… best to give up while we’re ahead ;) plus, this trifle looks incredible and without your cake rolling disaster, you’d never think to come up with this beauty! Love the toasted coconut!!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker


    Hi my name is Julie and I know the way to Zainab’s heart. I’ll just keep making her delicious red velvet and coconut recipes and she will be won over!! Mission accomplished because I love this accidental recipe. So elegant too :)

  • Tonia


    Trifles are such a fun way to eat dessert. All the crumbly and creamy bits together!

  • Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home


    What a great idea to turn what seemed like a failure into a beautiful success! I’ll bet it was tasty too. I’ve never thought to make individual trifles in wine glasses either. So cool.

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling


    The good news is a trifle is delicious! Better than cake, in my opinion…because the actual cake is always my least favorite part!(Give me frosting and goodness!!)

    • Julie Evink


      Oh yes another frosting lover!

  • Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy


    Cheers to recipe failures that end up in something AMAZING! These look so good, Julie!!!

  • Anne


    In the instructions you mention adding oil (with the buttermilk, food coloring, etc.) but the ingredient list does not list any oil. Am I missing something?
    Thanks-working on this right now for v-day :)

    • Julie Evink


      I’m so sorry it’s 1 Tbsp. I added it into the recipe now! Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

      • Anne


        Thanks for the super speedy reply! :)

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