Valentine’s Day Trifle

Valentine's Day trifle with layers of pink and red

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A gorgeous trifle dessert for Valentine’s Day made with vanilla cake crumbles and a sweet creamy whipped filling.



  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Prepare the cake mixes according to the box directions.
  3. Split the batter equally into four bowls.
  4. Add red gel food coloring to one bowl, creating a rich red color.  The amount of food coloring used will vary depending on the brand.
  5. Add a small amount of pink gel food coloring to one bowl, creating a light pink color.
  6. Add pink food coloring and a small amount of red to a third bowl, creating a medium pink color.
  7. Finally, add pink and red to the last bowl, creating a dark pink color.
    Note: You
     can always add more, but you can’t take coloring out.  
  8. Transfer each bowl of batter into a greased 8-inch round cake pan or 8×8-inch square cake pan.
  9. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow cakes to cool. 
  11. Once cakes are cooled, crumble each cake, setting aside 2 tablespoons of each color for topping.
  12. In a medium bowl, mix whipped cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip until well combined.
  13. To assemble trifle, alternate each color of cake with a layer of cream.
  14. To finish, sprinkle remaining cake crumbs and Valentine sprinkles on top.
  15. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy.