Holiday Recipes – Kahlua & Cream Trifle

Published on December 2, 2013 By Lauren

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  • For Christmas as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias,  I made this easy and delicious Holiday Recipe called Kahlua & Cream Trifle with ingredients found at Price Chopper Supermarkets including Betty Crocker cake mix.

    One of the best things about the Christmas season is the holiday recipes.  And while a prime rib or turkey might be the main course at Christmas dinner, let’s be honest; it’s the desserts that steal the show. At parties and family functions, a nice spread of holiday-themed deserts is a glorious sight.  This Kahlua and Cream Trifle is a super easy, delicious recipe that is sure to get attention and rave reviews. It is chocolatey and creamy with hints of Kalhua and a bit of strawberry.

    To pick up the ingredients, I took my son with me.  We were also picking up items to make a a dessert that the kids were going to help me with (more on this below).  On the way back from Price Chopper, my son, Andrew, asked me what I was making with the items I bought.  I answered, “a trifle.”  He responded “uh… like a gun?”  Not exactly.  So what is a trifle?  Basically, using only a few ingredients and layer them in a deep glass dish in an attractive way. This was my first time making one, and it was very easy.

    I made this dessert gluten-free by using a Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mix, but this can easily be made with a regular Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix as well.  You can see all the ingredients that I used in the picture above, it’s very simple!

    Kahlua and Cream Trifle Recipe:


    • Cake
      • 1 box Betty Crocker Chocolate Gluten-Free cake mix
      • 1 stick of butter (for non Gluten-free cake mix, use 3/4 cup of oil)
      • 2 cups of sour cream
      • 4 beaten eggs
      • 3/4 cup of Kahlua
      • 1 bag chocolate chips

    Mix the ingredients and pour into a greased baking dish.  Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350° (use a knife or toothpick and cook cake until it comes out clean).  Let cool for at least an hour.

    • Pudding
      • 2 boxes of Instant Jello French Vanilla flavored pudding mix
      • 4 cups of cold milk
      • 1 tsp Kahlua

    Follow instructions on box and then add Kalhua and mix in.

    • 2 packages of whipped topping
    • 1 pint of strawberries, sliced thinly


    1. Cut cake into cubes, and line the bottom of the trifle dish.
    2. Add pudding spreading evenly.
    3. Add whipped topping spreading evenly.
    4. Layer sliced strawberries around the edge of the glass, and then spread the remaining strawberries evenly over the whipped topping.
    5. Add another layer of cubed cake.
    6. Add another layer of pudding.
    7. Add the final layer of whipped topping.
    8. Garnish the top with grated chocolate chips and a sliced strawberry.


    And here is the finished product:

    While the kids would probably also enjoy the trifle (with the exception of the 1 tsp of Kalhua in the pudding, all the alcohol will cook off while baking) it certainly has a more grown-up vibe to it.  My son was much more excited about buying ingredients to make Christmas-themed Chex Muddy Buddies.  If you’ve made Chex Muddy Buddies before, you would know two things about them: they are delicious, and shaking them in a bag is the most fun part of the recipe. Kids love to help with that.  The recipe is basically taken from the back of the Chex box, but I added some sprinkles to give it a Christmas flair.

    Funny story – the sprinkles were the last item I needed at Price Chopper, and I did not know where they were.  Andrew, however, knew exactly where they were.  My kids love sprinkles.


    Chex Muddy Buddy Recipe:


    • 9 cups of Rice Chex, Corn Chex, or Chocolate Chex (or combination).  You will need one 14 oz boxes.
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 tsp  vanilla
    • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/8 cup green sugar sprinkles
    • 1/8 cup red sugar sprinkles


    1. In a large bowl, measure cereal, set aside.
    2. In 1 qt microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir.   Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.  Pour into 2-gallon resealable food storage plastic bag.
    3. Add powdered sugar.  Seal bag; shake well until well coated.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.


    The girls LOVED to help me shake the Muddy Buddies in the plastic bags!  They enjoy feeling like they are a part of making their own treats – it makes it that much more fun to eat too!

    Disclosure: For Christmas as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®  I made this easy and delicious Kahlua & Cream Trifle with ingredients found at Price Chopper Supermarkets and Betty Crocker cake mix.

    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!


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