Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

By January 16, 2018 October 26th, 2019 Baking, Cake, Dessert, Holidays, Holidays, Home Easy Baking, Valentine's Day

Rich moist Chocolate Cake, covered with Raspberry Jam, whipped topping and Hot Fudge – the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert! This Chocolate Raspberry Trifle is super easy to make yet it looks impressive!

Rich moist Chocolate Cake, covered with Raspberry Jam, whipped topping and Hot Fudge - the perfect Valentine's Day dessert! This Chocolate Raspberry Trifle is super easy to make yet it looks impressive!

Enjoying a nice dinner at a restaurant for Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart is always special. But for us, it’s just as special to make our favorite dinner at home. And of course, we can’t forget dessert, especially a chocolate dessert, and this Chocolate Raspberry Trifle makes the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Have you ever tried adding mayonnaise to chocolate cake? How about coffee? Well, that’s exactly what I did and this chocolate cake is the star of the dessert here.

The result? A moist, flavorful cake. And no one will ever know that you added mayonnaise and coffee.

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

Besides the flavor of this cake, the other nice thing is you can prepare all the layers ahead of time, then quickly assemble the trifle before dinner. After the chocolate cake is baked and cooled, you can wrap it tightly in plastic wrap until it’s time to assemble the trifle. The other key ingredient that can be made ahead is the Raspberry Jam.

After all the prep work is done, and it’s time to start layering, it’s super easy. Depending on the size of your trifle dish, you will need a round cutter of some type. You can use a cookie cutter, or like I did a glass. The key here is to choose something that is a bit smaller than the diameter of your trifle dish.

Cut out 2 circles per trifle, then start layering. On the bottom is a piece of the chocolate cake to anchor the dessert, then layers of Whipped Topping, Raspberry Jam, and fresh Raspberries. When you add the second piece of cake, gently push down so the layers begin to combine a bit. Then repeat the layers. To finish off the Chocolate Raspberry Trifle, top it with Whipped Topping, a drizzle of Hot Fudge Sauce, Raspberry Jam and more fresh raspberries.

Trifle with Chocolate Cake, whipped topping and raspberry jam

Your sweetheart will love you even more when you serve this decadent chocolate dessert. Shh…don’t tell them it was super easy, they will never know.

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Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Rich moist Chocolate Cake, covered with Raspberry Jam, whipped topping and Hot Fudge. This Chocolate Raspberry Trifle is super easy to make yet it looks impressive!


Chocolate Cake

  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar, white granulated
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup hot water


  • 1 container fresh raspberries
  • 1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed
  • 2-4 tablespoons hot fudge

Raspberry Jam Sauce

  • 1 container (6 oz) fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 15x10x1 baking sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5-8 minutes
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt
  4. Gradually add dry mixture to egg mixture, alternating with mayonnaise
  5. Carefully add hot water and coffee, stir in by hand until well blended
  6. Spread evenly into sheet pan
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  8. Cool completely

Raspberry Jam Sauce

  1. Combine raspberries and sugar into a small saucepan
  2. Cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes
  3. Mash berries
  4. Continue cooking for additional 5-8 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened
  5. Cool completely


  1. Cut cake into circles using a cookie cutter or glass, the size will depend on the size of your parfait glass
  2. Add 1 chocolate cake circle to bottom of the glass
  3. Top with whipped topping, then 2-4 teaspoons raspberry jam, then fresh raspberries
  4. Repeat layers, finishing with raspberry jam, a drizzle of hot fudge sauce and fresh berries
  5. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve


Add of the layers can be made ahead and then assembled shortly before serving

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