Well, this was an accident. A big accident! I made my Vanilla Bean Noel bundt cake for a girls night a few weeks ago. I made it in the morning, frosted it and put it in my cake container with the lid on. Well…later that afternoon, I went to move it and accidentally dropped the container on the floor…it flipped and landed upside down. My kids and husband could hear me screaming from across the house. When I opened the container, the cake was smashed…I was so sad…then I had a moment of brilliance (yes, I’m calling it brilliance!)…I turned my smashed cake into a quick trifle.
I had one box of vanilla pudding in the pantry and a tub of Cool Whip in the fridge. With those two ingredients, I turned my smashed cake into the best trifle I’ve ever made. My husband can’t stop talking about it. If you don’t want to bake and frost a homemade cake for this trifle, just buy one at your bakery. The results are just too good not to try. Plus, you can mix and match this like crazy…use a chocolate cake with chocolate pudding..a pumpkin cake with butterscotch pudding…you could go nuts with combinations. Here’s how to do it…
1 frosted cake
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
3 cups of milk
1 (8 oz) container of Cool Whip
In a large bowl, crumble your frosted cake into big chunks. In a separate bowl, whisk pudding mix with 3 cups of milk. Let it set 5 minutes then stir in your container of Cool Whip. In a trifle dish, layer 1/3 of your crumbled cake then 1/3 of your Cool Whip mixture. Repeat two more times. Add sprinkles to the top.
That’s it! Done!
The frosted cake gives this trifle a richness that is just to die for. Keep the trifle in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. This can turn a bad cake day into a great dessert day!