Monday, December 21, 2009

Punch Bowl Cake Trifle

This divine little recipe came to me a few years ago through the apartment management newsletter. I kept it until I had the perfect occasion to use it, and I try to make it for every large gathering. You see.... this recipe makes A LOT of food! So, it's the perfect party food!

You can buy plastic punch bowls at party stores for pretty cheap.

Punch Bowl Cake Trifle

1 8qt glass/plastic punch bowl
1 yellow cake mix, and ingredients to make cake
2 small pkg. 4oz instant vanilla pudding- make as directed
2 large cans of cherry pie filling
2 pkg (6oz each) shredded coconut
1 large can fruit cocktail, drained
1 large can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 cartons 8oz Cool Whip
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Make cake according to package directions. You need 2 layers. So, either do 2 round pans, or one 13x9 and cut it in half. It's all going to get cut up and jumbled anyway, so looks aren't important! Let cool.
Prepare instant pudding and refrigerate to set up.
Break 1 cake into pieces and place in bottom of punch bowl.

Add in layers: 1/2 of pudding, cherry pie filling, fruit cocktail, pineapple, nuts, coconut, cool whip.
Break the 2nd cake into pieces and add the other half of the ingredients, in the order listed above, Except I add the coconut after the cool whip so that it is on top! It looks prettier that way!
Garnish with nuts, cherries, coconut.


  1. Good morning! Just found you on SITS and thought I would drop by! That recipe looks amazing :)

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  2. That looks so yummy. Do you want to come over and cook my Christmas dinner. I just don't have it all together this year and you do :o)

    Now I'm spreading the word and I hope you don't mind, but it is for a good cause...

    IT COSTS YOU NOTHING…Please do this for a sick child.

  3. OH my! What are you doing to me! Everything looks so delicous. The Punch Bowl Cake Truffle looks so darn good. Knowing me if I try it I will mess it up and won't come out as pretty as yours did :-)

    Happy Holidays to you!