Black Forest Trifle to Feed a Crowd

Looking for a delicious dessert to feed a crowd?  This Black Forest Trifle is one of my go-to desserts for BBQs, potlucks and large family get-togethers.  This totally yummy trifle is big enough to feed a large group of people, and the chocolate mousse, brownie chunks and Skor bar crumble are always a hit with everyone!

It’s one of those to-die-for, easy desserts that everyone always wants the recipe for.

5-Ingredient Black Forest Trifle
Above all that, it’s super-easy to make!  You can make this dessert in a matter of minutes with just 5 easy ingredients!

To make this black forest trifle, you’ll need:


ingredients for black forest trifle


Preparing the trifle:

  •  1 540 mL can cherry pie filling
  • 1 1L Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 1 pkg brownie mix
  • 2 pkgs chocolate mousse
  • 4 Skor bars

Bake, cool and crumble your brownies.

Prepare chocolate mousse according to directions on package.

Crush skor bars (I put them in a large sealable bag and smash them with the can of pie filling).

Assembling your trifle:

In a large trifle bowl (or large glass salad bowl), layer the ingredients in the following order:

  • 1/2 crumbled brownies,
  • 1/2 cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 chocoloate mousse
  • 1/2 cool whip
  • 1/2 crushed skor pieces

Repeat layers with the remaining ingredients, and you’re done!

Black Forest Trifle!  How easy was that?

If you’re a huge fan of all things “black forest”, be sure to check out these amazing black forest cupcakes from Family Food and Travel!


close up black forest trifle


More desserts to-die-for:

Crazy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Luscious Lemon Delight

Crazy-Good Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

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    • happyhooligans says

      Sorry, I don’t, Bernadine. I’m in Canada, so I have no idea what products or brands you have there. I would think you should be able to find similar products in your grocery store though. It’s just a brownie mix, mousse/pudding packet, whipped topping, pie filling and a candy bar. I’m thinking those should be fairly standard ingredients in most countries, but again I’m literally half-way around the world from you, so I can’t say for certain. Good luck! Hope you find them. :)

      • Pam says

        Hi there, I have the same problem as Bernadine! I am in the UK and follow you on FB but I often struggle to think of alternatives. My biggest challenge for this yummy looking recipe is I have no clue what Skor bars are! :( Could you maybe describe what they are like please? And is Cool whip a whipped cream type topping? I can manage the rest! :)

      • happyhooligans says

        Hi Pam, I’ve heard from a few readers in the comment thread on my facebook page, that Dime bars are apparently very similar to Skor bars. Heath bars are similar as well, but according to one reader, they are not as yummy as your Dime bars. Skor bars are simply a thin layer of buttery toffee covered with chocolate. If that sounds like a Dime bar, then you’re good to go. :) I haven’t had anyone suggest an alternative to our Cool Whip. Cool whip is a frozen whipped topping that you thaw and then scoop into or onto your dessert recipe. You might be able to use real whipping cream, but I’m not sure it would hold up for long once you take it out of the fridge. Cool Whip holds up quite well (likely because it’s umm… not “real” food, if you know what I mean).

      • Pam says

        Thanks for that. Sounds much the same as dime bars so I just need to figure out the cool whip now…I’m sure we have some non-foods here too! 😉 If I find anything that could substitute I’ll let you know! :)

  1. Tarryn says

    This looks amazing! I’m in the UK so am looking for substitutes… When u say candy bar, what flavour? And whipped topping – whipped cream?

  2. Jenni says

    Would be much better if it were real food …. Thought it was actually a recipe and was sorely disappointed ….. Great idea tho think I am going to make a recipe that is based on that idea but edible and healthy ….
    Hope kids don’t eat that :-/

    • happyhooligans says

      That’s the great thing about this wonderful internet, Jenni, no-one forces you to make or try everything you see. If you don’t like an idea, you can just pass it by. Or, like you said – you can modify it to suit your own tastes. Instead of leaving a negative comment behind though, you might’ve simply said “thanks for the inspiration”. We bloggers are, after all, simply sharing things we’ve done or made at home.

  3. Danielle says

    A good dairy free substitute for cool whip is nutriwhip. I think that once whipped it would hold up well in a trifle. Great recipes!

  4. Cheryl Yarnell says

    To those people from the UK, a good substitute for Dream Whip or Cool Whip is to chill then whip Thickened Cream and add powered sugar to taste.

    • Jill says

      Well I’m hoping that Skor Bars will be like Mars Bars and the Cool Whip is the same as Dairy Whip. (In a spray can in the dairy section) That’s my suggestion for us Aussies. Just gotta try it. This desert looks amazing!

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