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Horizontal image of a large glass serving dish with a layered dessert of pudding, whipped cream, chocolate cake, and banana slices.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Trifle with Bananas and Whipped Cream

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


There are endless layers of fun in this easy homemade chocolate trifle. It’s a dessert that’s a dream to make, and even easier to eat.



For the Cake:

  • 1 15.25-oz. box chocolate cake mix (or two 8-inch cake rounds)
  • Required ingredients for the cake, as listed on the box (eggs, oil, etc.)

For the Pudding:

  • 1 5.1-oz. box chocolate pudding mix (or 33 1/2 cups pudding)
  • Required ingredients for the pudding, as listed on the box (milk, etc.)

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Layers and Topping:

  • 4 ripe medium bananas, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, shaved


  1. Make the cake, according to the directions on the box or your recipe of choice. Allow cake to cool completely before removing from the pans.
  2. Cut cake into 1-inch chunks. Set aside.
  3. Make the pudding, according to the directions on the box or your recipe of choice, while the cake is baking and cooling. 
  4. To make the whipped cream, add heavy cream to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed for about 4 minutes, until thickened. Add the sugar and vanilla, then continue to whisk until soft peaks form.
  5. To assemble the trifle, begin with 2 cups of chocolate cake cubes. Top with 1 1/2 cups chocolate pudding, and spread it evenly over the cake. Top with a layer of banana slices, then spread 1 cup whipped cream on top.
  6. Repeat these layers, finishing with whipped cream and a sprinkle of dark chocolate shavings. 
  7. Serve immediately, or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 3 hours.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Trifle
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: chocolate cake, trifle, whipped cream, banana