Hello everyone and happy Monday!! Today’s recipe would best be called “fun in a bowl” but since that probably wouldn’t make much sense to the search engines we are calling this a “Funfetti Birthday Cake Trifle”
In a full disclosure, I will tell you that I didn’t actually make this trifle for anyone’s birthday, although my daughter will be celebrating hers in a couple weeks.
No, I simply felt like celebrating this weekend because on Saturday history was made! It was beyond amazing to watch American Pharoah stride to victory in the Belmont Stakes and thus break the 37 year drought of Triple Crown immortality! Did you watch the race?
I realize that not everyone is as excited about horse racing as I am. My interest in it can be traced back to my obsession with the “Black Stallion” series back when I was a kid. (I still own the whole series of books from when I was a kid in the seventies!)
The fact that there is a top notch international racecourse down the street from my house (Arlington International) has helped to intensify my love for horse racing through the years.
In fact, the whole grandstand burned to the ground in 1985. I can remember watching as the whole sky in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago went grey with smoke. I was so sad that it burned down. When it was rebuilt in 1989 I could not wait to go watch horse races again. The new grandstand is absolutely gorgeous and is still one of my favorite places to be in the Chicago area.
So I have been waiting for a horse to win the Triple Crown since I was a junior in high school. I have waited on pins and needles the numerous times that a horse has won the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness, only to have my hopes shattered in the Belmont.
But not this time! History has been made and American Pharoah’s name will go down in history. Even my children were super excited by it. So when I said that we should make a special treat to celebrate the victory, they were all over it!
This trifle is made with a simple yellow boxed cake mix with a cup of funfetti sprinkles mixed in. I then made a white chocolate cream cheese frosting and white chocolate pudding to layer in between. This really is like a deconstructed cake and is a fun alternative way to make a birthday cake.
The flavors all mix together to form one delicious celebratory dessert!
It looks pretty, tastes great and feeds a crowd! You will, of course, need a Trifle Bowl for this eye catching dessert. If you do’t have one, here is a pretty one from Amazon that is reasonably priced and will ship to you the next day.
The next time you are celebrating a birthday or any special event, think about making a birthday trifle rather than a birthday cake. I know you are going to just love it!! 🙂
This Trifle Bowl from Amazon will help you make this pretty recipe!
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- 1 box of yellow cake mix plus the ingredients as per the box
- 1 1/2 cup of sprinkles, divided
- 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2 oz. of white chocolate baking squares,melted
- 1 c. cool whip or stabilized whip cream
- 1 package of white chocolate instant pudding
- 2 c. milk
- Pre heat the oven to 350*
- Mix the cake batter according to package directions and stir in 1 c. of sprinkles.
- Bake the cake according to package directions
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool
- Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the milk, powdered sugar, and melted white chocolate and mix until blended. Fold in the cup of cool whip and stir in the remaining 1/2 c. of sprinkles. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
- In a medium bowl, beat the pudding mix and milk and place in the refrigerator.
- Once the cake is cooled, you may begin assembling the trifle.
- Cut the cake up into small cubed pieces. In the bottom of the trifle dish, arrange 1 layer of cake pieces so the sprinkled colors show through.
- Remove the pudding and cream cheese mixture from the refrigerator. Spoon a layer of pudding over the cake pieces and spoon a layer of cream cheese mixture on top of that. Repeat the process 1 more time.
- Finally, arrange a layer of cake at the top, add a dollop of cool whip and top with sprinkles and a candle if desired.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Store any remaining trifle covered in the refrigerator.
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