Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle

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

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”. Like our strawberries ‘n cream, berry trifle and cranberry frozen dessert.

So here I am with another light and fluffy dessert to share with you. This Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle is an absolutely fantastic dessert and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you.

layered carrot cake trifle dessert

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • moist carrot cake
  • cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping filling
  • make a huge trifle, then you can do individual desserts in Mason jars
  • feeds a crowd
  • perfect for Easter dessert
overhead view of a carrot cake trifle

🔑 Key Ingredients:

Make sure you have a glass trifle dish, a glass punch bowl or large glass bowl so that the beautiful layers can shine through. Here’s our favorite.

  • Carrot Cake Mix. Pick up your favorite boxed carrot cake mix and the ingredients the back of the box calls for to make the cake. If you’d like to make a homemade carrot cake, this one is amazing.
  • Cream Cheese. You can use full fat cream cheese or a lighter version if you’d like. And make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature so that it blends easily.
  • Butter. I use salted butter because that is what I keep on hand. If all you have is unsalted you can use that, but add a ¼ teaspoon of salt so that it cuts the sweetness slightly.
  • Powdered Sugar.
  • Vanilla. Pure vanilla extract is always the way to go.
  • Cool Whip. Make your own homemade whipped cream if you’d like, but stabilize it with gelatin so that it doesn’t lose its fluff.
  • Walnuts.

🥕 How to Make a Carrot Cake Trifle

  • Make the cake. Follow the instructions on the back of the box to make a cake. Use any size pan…it doesn’t matter since you will be cutting the cake into cubes.
  • Make the filling. 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 2-3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar, ½ a cup at a time, until it is thoroughly mixed. Add the vanilla and beat the frosting on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until it is completely mixed in.
  • Assemble the trifle. 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.
closeup of a cake trifle with cream cheese filling

Store this dessert in the fridge and cover the top so that it stays fresh.

closeup of a cream cheese carrot cake trifle
closeup of a cream cheese carrot cake trifle

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Trifle

4.82 from 11 votes
Spruce up a carrot cake mix by layering it with walnuts and a homemade cream cheese mixture. This dessert is simple, but amazing!
Servings 16 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box Betty Crocker carrot cake mix prepared according to package directions into a 9×13 cake
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the carrot cake and bake according to the package directions for a 9×13 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 2-3 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar, ½ a cup at a time, until it is thoroughly mixed.
  • Add the vanilla and beat the frosting on medium speed for about 2 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.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 16, with 1 serving being 1/16 of the dessert. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Serving: 121g | Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 508
Keyword carrot cake bars, easter dessert, fruit dessert recipe, layered dessert
carrot cake trifle in a pretty glass dish

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make a trifle the night before?

Yes! This is a great make ahead dessert. We recommend making this one day in advance so the flavors have time to settle in.

I don’t like cream cheese. Can I use something else?

Yes. Try vanilla or white chocolate pudding to use in the filling if you’d like.

I can’t find carrot cake. Can you use spice cake instead?

Yes. Spice cake also works great.

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Lynn
8 years ago

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!

Lori @ RecipeGirl
8 years ago

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

Gaye @CalmHealthySexy
8 years ago

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

AnnMarie
8 years ago

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

Linda Warren
8 years ago

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.

leigh kuykendall
8 years ago

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

Suzan
8 years ago

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!!

karen
6 years ago

5 stars
hey

nice receipes for trifles…thanks for ideas

Debra
3 years ago

Can you make this a day ahead?

Amy
3 years ago

5 stars
I made this for Easter and it is beautiful. I use 8 oz Cool Whip rather than the 16 oz called for in the recipe and had more than enough frosting for my standard sized trifle bowl. Very yummy!

Emily
24 days ago

5 stars
This recipe save me! I forgot the leavening agent in the carrot cake I was making and stumbled onto this recipe. I just happened to have the icing ingredients on hand and turned my flat cakes into a delicious trifle! It saved the day. Thanks so much!