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Boston Cream Pie Trifle, easy dessert, quick dessert

Ohhh my. This Boston Cream Pie Trifle is SO good! And it can be made and finished within an hour – who doesn’t love that?

Boston Cream Donuts are at the top of my husband’s list when it comes to my dessert recipes, but I try to limit deep-fried desserts to special occasions. I decided I should try to experiment in the kitchen to find a different treat with similar flavors.

After playing around a little bit, and allowing my son to lick the spoon a lot, I turned those tasty donuts into a super easy Boston Cream Pie Trifle with yellow cake and I’m so thankful that I did!

My favorite thing about this deconstructed cake is that it looks so elegant and difficult to make, but it doesn’t take much time or effort at all. It’s a great option for dinner parties or for friends who just need a little love (and sugar) in their lives!


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As a momma of two kids under three, I’ll take all of the time-saving steps I can. I went the easy route with this amazing Boston Cream Pie Trifle and used a boxed cake mix and French Vanilla Instant Pudding! You’re welcome to make it all homemade if you prefer! Maybe one day I’ll find time for that again. 😉

The best part about this Boston Cream Pie Trifle?
You really can’t mess it up!


*Chocolate ganache edited from original post for thicker consistency*



boston cream pie trifle, easy dessert, fast dessert, yellow cake, custard, chocolate ganache

5 from 1 vote
Boston Cream Pie Trifle
Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
47 mins

Yellow cake, creamy custard and rich chocolate come together to make a beautiful and decadent dessert that can be ready to go in under an hour!

Course: Dessert
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (Plus Box Ingredients)
  • 2 (3.4 oz) Boxes Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 Cups Milk
  • 16 oz. Cool Whip
  • 8 Oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp. Instant Coffee (Not Coffee Grounds)
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  1. Prepare cake in 9×13 pan according to box directions.

  2. While cake is baking, combine milk and pudding mix and whisk until well blended. 

  3. Add 1/2 cup of the cool whip and use rubber spatula to fold it into the pudding mixture.  

  4. Once cake is cooled, cut into small squares.

  5. For the chocolate ganache, cook the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. Add pinch of sea salt and mix in. Set aside.

  6. Once all components are prepared, layer ⅓ of the cake squares in the bottom of a trifle bowl. Spoon ⅓ of the pudding over the cake and carefully drizzle ⅓ of the Ganache over the pudding.

  7. Repeat until you have completed all three layers.

  8. Use piping bag to create design with Cool Whip or simply spread it evenly over the top of the trifle.

  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!


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