Black Forest Trifles

  • By KJ

Black Forest Trifles are everything of a classic black forest cake all wrapped up in a trifle form! All you need are a few simple ingredients to bring this delicious dessert recipe to life. Featuring fudgy brownie pieces, tart cherry pie filling and fluffy whipped cream all layered together to create the perfect spoonful.

Black Forest Trifles are everything of a classic black forest cake all wrapped up in a trifle form! All you need are a few simple ingredients to bring this delicious dessert recipe to life. Featuring fudgy brownie pieces, tart cherry pie filling and fluffy whipped cream all layered together to create the perfect spoonful.

Brownie Layer

Traditionally, black forest cake is made with, well, cake! A dense chocolate cake holds all the wonderful cake layers together. An easy way to achieve this for these trifles: brownies! Plus, how can you ever go wrong with brownies? Give me all the chocolate and fudge! To make this dessert even simpler, there are several ways you can go about creating the brownie layer:

Whichever option you choose, simply cut the brownies into pieces no larger than 1/2 inch squares. That way, they are easy to tuck into the trifle glasses and layer! Plus, then you can sneak a few taste-tester pieces without anyone noticing. Not that I did that…

Cherry Pie Filling

Another one of the classic flavors of the black forest cake is sweet and tart cherries! Cherry pie filling fits that bill perfectly. Store-bought cherry pie filling is pretty darn hard to beat. The cherries are tart and the sauce is sweet while not being too runny or thick. 

Spoon the the cherry pie filling over the top of the brownies and watch them cascade down perfectly. Try to resist eating them right then and there!

Whipped Cream

Lastly, black forest cakes are known for having whipped cream instead of frosting. It keeps the dessert nice and airy! Personally, I am someone who thinks that homemade whipped cream is highly underrated. It’s SO good! Simply whisk together some cold heavy cream with a tablespoon or so of sugar until light and fluffy. I can just eat spoonfuls of it. Here are some whipped cream options:

  • Homemade whipped cream – my personal favorite! Whip together cold heavy cream and bit of sugar until fluffy.
  • Canned whipped cream – grab a bottle and spray it on in!
  • Frozen whipped cream – allow it to thaw according to package instructions and then dollop the layers on.

Dollop the whipped cream right on top of the cherry pie filling layer and dig in!

What Trifle Glasses to Use

Trifles are great for several reasons (easy to make, store and eat), but they are also so pretty to look at!

For these trifles, I recommend using clear glasses so that you can see all the distinct layers. Try to keep the glasses around 8 oz for this dessert. I used these cute parfait cups from Target that I just couldn’t pass up! Mason jars could also be used, or even just standard 8 oz glasses

When layering all the ingredients together, gently push each ingredient to the edge of the glass so that the layers are clearly visible. 

If a large, standard trifle dish is wanting to be used, I would double this recipe. 

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Black Forest Trifles


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Black Forest Trifles are everything of a classic black forest cake all wrapped up in a trifle form! All you need are a few simple ingredients to bring this delicious dessert recipe to life. Featuring fudgy brownie pieces, tart cherry pie filling and fluffy whipped cream all layered together to create the perfect spoonful.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups brownie chunks, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • Shaved chocolate as garnish

Instructions

  1. In an 8 oz glass or parfait glass, place 1/2 cup of the brownie pieces in the bottom of the glass, pressing them to the edges. Next, layer with 1/2 cup of cherry pie filling, pressing to the edges. Top with a 1/2 cup dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings.
  2. Repeat this process with the other three glasses until all the ingredients have been used. Enjoy immediately or allow to refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to chill. If making in advance, wait to add on the whipped cream until prior to serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Homemade brownies, boxed brownies or store-bought brownies can be used for this recipe. Get my Homemade Boxed Brownies Recipe Here.
  • Cherry liqueur can also be added to this dessert to make it adult-friendly. Pour a tablespoon of the cherry liqueur over the brownie layer and allow it to soak in before adding on the cherry pie filling layer.
  • If making this dessert in advance, keep in the refrigerator and save the whipped cream layer to be added on right before serving.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Desserts

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 26.1g
  • Sodium: 125mg
  • Fat: 21.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.8g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg

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