Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle

Spruce up a carrot cake mix by layering it with walnuts and a homemade cream cheese mixture. This dessert is simple, but amazing!

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle I Tastes of Lizzy T I

I am all for light, whippy-creamy desserts. I feel like I can eat more of it and not feel so full if a dessert is “fluffy”. Although I’m sure if I ate as much as I really wanted, I’d feel very squeamish afterward. I have been known to do this a few times. A good example is the Olive Garden. No matter how hard I try to be good, I always have way too much food in front of me, and everything is so good I end up eating more than I should. Anybody want to admit they’ve ever been there?

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle I Tastes of Lizzy T I

So here I am with another dessert to share with you. Trust me, as long as this blog is here, you’ll never be rid of the desserts we create. Are you satisfied? I know I am. This is an absolutely fantastic dessert and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you.

I could go on and on about how amazing this Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle is, but I should probably tell you what this dessert is all about. It’s another one of those desserts that I was really not sure about. Mom had this grand idea that she told me about and I just listened and smiled, not really knowing what to expect, but trusting that she knows what she’s talking about. There’s nothing new about that- I always get a little concerned a dessert won’t work if it’s out of my “comfort zone.” What is my comfort zone? Peanut butter and chocolate.

So when mom mentioned a carrot cake trifle, I wasn’t exactly excited about it- I mean, carrot cake? Carrots…for dessert? Really?

Then I actually tried the cake part.

…..And my view of what the word “carrot cake” means changed completely.  Combine a moist carrot cake with cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping and you’ve got quite a combination.

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle I Tastes of Lizzy T I

If you’ve ever eaten a trifle, you’ll know it’s like cake, but instead of a pretty slice, it’s a big glob of cake and creamy stuff on your plate. Messy is lots of fun!

If you don’t want to make a huge trifle, then you can do individual desserts in Mason jars. How cute, right? A big glass dish is always good for a party or a get-together. It feeds a crowd!

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle I Tastes of Lizzy T I

No matter how you decide to make this, just remember it won’t last very long. We took ours to a gathering and ate the little bit that was left as soon as we got home. Shhh…don’t tell anyone our little secret. It was too good to even save it for the next day.

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle I Tastes of Lizzy T I

I hope you enjoy this dessert!

-Maddie

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle

Yield: 12 servings

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle

Spruce up a carrot cake mix by layering it with walnuts and a homemade cream cheese mixture. This dessert is simple, but amazing!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker carrot cake mix, prepared according to package directions into a 9x13 cake
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 16 oz. Cool Whip
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

Prepare the carrot cake and bake according to the package directions for a 9x13 cake. Allow the cake to cool, then cut it into cubes.

Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture is light and fluffy. This will take about 3-5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at at time, until it is thoroughly mixed. Add the vanilla and beat the frosting on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until it is completely mixed in.

In a trifle dish or glass dish, place down a layer of cake, then a layer of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle walnuts on top of the cream cheese. Repeat the layers until your trifle dish is full, ending with the walnuts on top. Refrigerate until serving.

Notes

You can also make individual servings of this dessert layered in Mason jars.

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20 Responses to Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle

  1. Lynn says:

    Now we’re talkin’…..this is perfection! I am not a slice of cake kind of person, but a trifle is right up my alley. I cannot wait to do this. I use mason jars a ton for events..this will work out beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

    This is going on our Easter buffet table for sure!

  2. Great idea- I’d love to do this for Easter!

  3. Your food photography is so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

  4. AnnMarie says:

    These sound incredible! My favorite cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I love trifles and have a trifle bowl. Perfect! Pinned!

  5. Linda Warren says:

    My husband would be your friend forever with this carrot cake combo. I like the idea for a party instead of making a carrot cake all the time. Thanks for sharing on Melt In Your Mouth Monday.

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  9. how long would they last in the jars if i wanted to ship them?

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  11. Suzan says:

    Just came over from “Make and Takes” and I am so glad I did! this looks perfect for my contribution to our family July 4th celebration. I am responsible for dessert. This will be such a surprise in individual mason jars and so easy to keep cool until it is time for dessert!!

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