50 Green and Red Velvet Holiday Trifle

Every year we challenged with what dish to pass at our holiday gatherings. We’re always striving for beauty AND slightly festive. Our little Red and Green Velvet Holiday Trifle concoction fit the bill completely. It’s ridiculously easy and was such a hit. The best part is that friends and family are STILL talking about it (a year later)!!

We made two batches for Christmas Eve and Christmas day family gatherings the evening before the 24th. We are blessed to have two trifle bowls one regular and one with a lid (from pampered chef). I must say, the lidded one was more convenient than trying to wrangle plastic wrap and rubber bands.  
Green and Red Velvet Holiday Trifle Recipe

Red and Green Velvet Holiday Trifle
Recipe Yield: 12-16 servings

Ingredients:
1 c + 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp distilled white vinegar
1.5 Tbsp red food coloring
1 tub whipped topping
Green food coloring (to color)
2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Cream cheese frosting. Our favorite easy homemade recipe from here (we don’t even measure precisely).

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. In two small bowls, mix two separate batches of food coloring paste until lumps disappear. For each batch, half the cocoa powder and combine with red or green food coloring, individually (don't forget to change the spoons).
  4. Using a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Add egg, then vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture then buttermilk in two batches alternating between them. Beat until well combined; continually scraping down the bowl.
  5. In a separate tiny bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda, which will fizz slightly. Add to the cake batter and mix in with a scraper. Divide batters in half. Add food coloring mixtures separately.
  6. Fill each colored mixture into separate cake pans and bake 15-20 minutes if you have a convection oven (otherwise 25-30 minutes). When a toothpick inserted comes out clean, the cakes are done.
  7. Cool cake for 5-10 minutes then freeze for an additional 5 minutes. Cut cake into cubes or break randomly depending on the 'look' you're trying to achieve.
  8. Starting with the colored velvet cake, layer cake then frosting then chocolate chips alternating red and green. Reserve crumbs for garnishing. There will be approximately 3 layers of cake. Top with whipped topping, cake crumbles in the center, and chocolate chips on top.
*Want to make the trifle easier? Substitute all the ingredients but the food coloring, whipped topping, and cocoa powder with a box of white cake mix and follow the boxed instructions. 


Green and Red Velvet Holiday Trifle Recipe Garnish

Feel free to get creative and substitute your favorite toppings and flavors to come up with a Holiday masterpiece! I’d love to see/hear about your variation… leave yours in the comments below or shout it out on twitter @bnwobsession.


Every year, we try to mix it up with new recipes. This year being no different, we’re leaning toward a thrown together soup sine it’s been obnoxiously cold around these neck of the woods. Hmmm… how can we sneak red and green into our soup? Any ideas?




P.S. I was not paid or perked from Pampered Chef; I just happily gush about products which work best for us.

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All week long Megan and I will be bringing on the Holiday Cheer! So stay tuned!


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50 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to make a trifle but fear gets the best of me as I feel it will not turn out right. Yours looks awesome though.

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    1. Oh girl I'm here to tell you its soo easy. Even if your first one turns into a mushy mess (like mind did)- I guarantee you it will taste Phenomenal!

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  2. What a festive desert!
    The kids would just love seeing this on our table :0)

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  3. So cute! I love trifles - anything goes and they always feel fancy! I use them as an opportunity to throw anything and everything sweet and delicious into one bowl. Once upon a time I made a trifle triumph called "The Coffee Toffee Caramel Cheesecake Truffle Trifle"... and now I desperately want trifle ;)

    P.S. What about red & green peppers for your soup?

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    1. The BEST opportunity to throw crap together and call it pretty! Your Trifle sounds absolutely delicious!

      Peppers are a fantabulous idea Brynne!

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  4. the trifle looks so awesome and festive!

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  5. Wow! That looks wonderful! Yummmm

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  6. Yummm.. this looks delicious and a perfect Christmas dessert.. thanks for sharing, I think I will try to make it and bring it to a party I'm invited to..

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  7. Wow - now that is pretty! Very festive :)

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  8. This is such a beautiful, and festive sweet treat!

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  9. I love trifles.. This green and red velvet trifle looks so elegant. It would be a great at our family holiday dinner.Great dessert idea.

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  10. We love trifle! What a fun idea!

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  11. This is really beautiful and looks good too! I love the red and green colors!

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  12. This is so festive, and I bet it's delicious too!

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  13. I love how it's a dessert and a centerpiece! I especially like the way you topped it

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    1. Thanks Alecia, just something simple and sweet (literally) on top!

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  14. That looks gorgeous .. and tasty! The layered look is what makes it so awesome. Couldn't make this if you couldn't see those beautiful layers.

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    1. Thanks so much Shanna! Agreed that the layered look brings out the best in this dish!!

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  15. I saw this on Pinterest earlier and LOVE it! So festive and beautiful from every angle!

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    1. O.M.Geee I may have just died! Hearing that you saw it on Pinterest makes me overly ecstatic! Thanks for spotting it and shouting it out Mariana!!

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  16. How pretty and festive! And your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I'm super self-conscious about food photos since there's so many amazing foodies out there so your compliment goes a really, really long way!!

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  17. i love a trifle anyway, but this is GORGEOUS. i love the rich colors!

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    1. Thanks QueenB! Trifles are pretty amazing, not much effort to make them look fabulous!

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  18. I love how that looks. So festive. Looks yummy too!

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    1. EEp thanks for stopping by Diane! It was difficult to put.the.spoon.down just to take the photo. Even harder not to inhale it before we got to our party!

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  19. Lovely centerpiece and I agree it is festive. Trying to get past the green and not think 'veggies.'

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    1. Thanks 5hugsaday, hope we don't have to throw in too many veggies to achieve our subtle "Christmas color scheme" this year :D

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  20. What a beautiful dessert and the red and green is just so festive and fun!

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    1. Thanks Liz, overjoyed that you stopped by! I'm a superfan of subtle color combos, hope the mission was accomplished!

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  21. That looks so festive! Perfect for our upcoming Christmas party!

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    1. Yay!! Here's to hoping it made it to your dinner table before being devoured!

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  22. That looks WAY too pretty to eat. Almost. I would find a way. ;)

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    1. ^^ thank you so much!! You just melted my heart!

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  23. What a wonderful Christmas dessert. I love truffle! I think this may be our Christmas dinner dessert!

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    1. It really makes the perfect Christmas dessert, I promise your guests won't be disappointed!!

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  24. looks delicious and very festive!

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    1. I wish I could send this bad boy to every one, it totally tastes as good as it looks!! Thanks for popping in Mama!

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  25. This is a gorgeous festive dessert! It looks so good!

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    1. Hey there Katherine, so glad you could stop by! The trifle really makes the perfect desert in a pinch. Most of the time throwing bits and pieces from the kitchen makes the best desert (in my opinion).

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  26. I think trifles make the prettiest centerpieces!

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    1. They really do!! Easy, inexpensive and pretty-- right up my alley. Doesn't even require any other decorations, it can be the star of the show!!

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  27. Yummy! This looks delicious AND festive. Great idea.

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    1. Hi Shannah, so glad to see you back! The best of both worlds for sure!

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    1. Hi Danielle, so sweet of you to stop by! I totally encourage you to, it really wasn't that horrible when making it 'from scratch.' To make things easier/more convenient, I really recommend the white cake mix route!

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    1. It is pretty delicious indeed! My favorite part- throwing anything and every little sweet in there to make it sinfully delicious!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Charise! Green and Red without being overpowering?! Mission accomplished :D

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