Large Glass bowl of trifle

Easy Black Forest Trifle

This easy, NO BAKE,  5 ingredient Black Forest Trifle makes a great last minute dessert and is perfect for summer or anytime of the year! It's also a great for feeding a crowd or bringing along to a potluck! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British, Canadian
Keyword black forest, chocolate, trifle
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author adapted from Terri's Mom


  • 12 -99g containers of prepared chocolate pudding * they come in 4 packs called 'Snack packs' (this is equivalent to 5 cups )
  • 2 -300g chocolate loaf cake or pound cake * if you can't find this, you can use a defrosted frozen McCain's deep and delicious cake with the frosting scraped off
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp kirsch * optional
  • 2 -540 ml cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 -473 ml container whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp white granulated sugar


  • 1/2 ounce shaved chocolate
  • cocktail cherries (with stems) -optional


  • Break cake into pieces and add half to the bottom
  • Then add half of the pudding (6 containers)
  • Mix the kirsch with the cherries, if using. 
  • Add half the cherries on top of the pudding
  • Repeat
  • Cover with saran wrap or Glad Press n' Seal. ***This is completely shelf safe at this point and doesn't need refrigeration.
  • Before serving (or in advance), beat whipping cream to soft peaks, add the white granulated sugar and then beat to stiff peaks.
  • Top with whipped cream.


  • Shave chocolate, as shown.
  • Garnish with shaved chocolate
  • Add maraschino cocktail cherries, if desired.
    Large Glass bowl of trifle
  • Refrigerate after adding whipped cream if not serving immediately.