Toasted Coconut Trifle

Toasted Coconut Trifle

In my family, two things are a must at Easter…coconut and carrot.

No matter where we’re celebrating or what our main course is, we have to have something with coconut and something with carrot for dessert.  So, today, I’m sharing the easiest little trifle you’ve ever made.  My Toasted Coconut Trifle has chunks of yummy angel food cake inside which just makes it all the better.  And bonus, the best part about trifles are that they only get better when you make them in advance.  And when you’re hosting Easter dinner, don’t you want as many things as possible made in advance?  I sure do!


This recipe makes one big trifle or about 8 in a wine glass or small jar. 

Shopping List
1 angel food cake (either store bought or homemade), torn into big chunks
1 (5 oz) box of instant coconut pudding (use vanilla if you can’t find coconut)
2 cups of milk (I used 2%)
2 cups of Cool Whip
about 2 cups of toasted coconut (see below for how I toast my coconut)

Before you begin, you need to toast up your coconut.  I take a bag of flaked coconut (found on your chocolate chip aisle) and place it in a clean, dry skillet over medium-high heat.  With a wooden spoon, I toss the coconut around until it’s nice and toasted up.  It only takes a few minutes, so don’t take your eyes off of it.  Once the coconut is nice and toasted, remove it from the heat and set aside to cool.

Next, make sure your angel food cake is torn into big chunks, set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together your coconut pudding and milk for about two minutes.  After it starts to thicken up, whisk in your Cool Whip.

Next, sprinkle angel food cake pieces across the bottom of you individual serving dishes (or if you’re using a big trifle dish, sprinkle half of the angel food cake across the bottom) followed by a dollop of your coconut pudding mixture and a generous sprinkle of toasted coconut (or in a large trifle dish, spread half of your pudding across the layer of angel food cake followed by half of the toasted coconut and then repeat with the second layer of cake followed by the second layer of pudding and coconut).  When you’re finished, you should have two layers of cake, two layers of pudding and two layers of toasted coconut.

That’s it!  So easy, right?!

Easter made easy!

Toasted Coconut Trifle

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  • Erika Slaughter April 12, 2017 at 5:14 am

    This looks so good!!

  • Narci Dreffs April 12, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Oh my goodness–Yum! This is absolutely perfect for Easter!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

    It looks delicious and super presentable in the cup!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Honei Blankenship April 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Do you buy sweet or unsweetened coconut?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      I buy the sweetened! Either would work!

  • Katie April 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Sounds soo simple and delicious!! Will try to make this in the next couple days 🙂 Thanks Shay!

  • Kelly April 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Now this is a recipe even I can do! It looks delicious! My family and I thank you!!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life April 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I love the idea of a little trifle bowl of goodness!! This is a must try for us!

  • Justyna April 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Hi!! Making this now 🙂
    Does the pudding need to be made then add more milk and cool whip or is that milk for making the pudding?? Super excited!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

      The milk is for the pudding! Enjoy!

  • Megan April 21, 2017 at 12:02 am

    This is so good! Made it on Easter and everyone loved it!! (And it’s even better the next day)