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Birthday Cake Trifle (GF)

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Trifles are one of my favorite desserts to create. I love how easy and fun they are to construct and how they add a bit of festivity to any event or occasion, particularly birthday parties. Since my granddaughter just turned 2-years-old, I (a.k.a. Grandma Linda), wanted to create a very special treat to help her celebrate her very special day. Thus, a Birthday Cake Trifle was born!

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Ingredients to make a Birthday Cake Trifle:

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Start by making the cake according to the directions on the box. When finished baking, cool completely.

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Next, make a creamy filling by combining together whipped topping, softened cream cheese, and gluten-free rice (or tapioca) pudding. (This is so good!)

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It’s amazing how easy it is to construct a trifle because it’s all a matter of layering the cake and a creamy filling. Start by crumbling part of the cake into the bottom of a trifle bowl, then add a layer of the creamy filling. Repeat the process until the bowl is filled to the top.

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Almost the entire Funfetti cake was used to create this trifle (approximately 2 cups of cake crumbs were leftover). I think a garnish of sprinkles adds to the festive flair of this fabulous dessert.



698 cal


47 g


59 g


11 g
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Birthday Cake Trifle (GF)

A creamy and delicious gluten-free trifle recipe that everyone will love.

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (17-ounce) box gluten-free Funfetti cake mix
  • 12-ounce container gluten-free whipped topping
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 22-ounce tub premade gluten-free rice or tapioca pudding
  • gluten free sprinkles


  1. Make cake according to the directions on the box. Cool completely.
  2. Mix together whipped topping, cream cheese and gluten free rice or tapioca pudding.
  3. Crumble part of the cake into the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top with a layer of filling. Repeat layering of cake and filling until trifle bowl is full. Garnish with gluten free candy sprinkles.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. Serve.


lacto vegetarian
gluten free
wheat free
egg free
soy free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free

 Anna and I have made several trifles and each one is delicious in its own right. 

2 Gluten-Free Trifles: Chocolate or Coconut Cream 

coconut trifle

Maple Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bar Trifle (GF) 

pumpkin trifle

White Chocolate Almond Joy Trifle 

Almond Joy Trifle

You can have fun celebrating any birthday with a Happy Birthday Trifle!!! 

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My grandchildren loved this Birthday Cake Trifle, especially my little birthday girl! She chowed down on this special treat and asked for seconds! Yay! Happy Birthday!

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  • Ashton January 3, 2018, 1:32 pm
    Hi, this looks yummy. I'm just hesitant with the rice pudding. I've honestly never used/tasted it. Is it smooth or grainy? I'm worried the texture might be a turn off for certain members of the family.
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy January 3, 2018, 1:57 pm
      Hi Ashton, The rice pudding isn't quite as smooth and creamy as regular pudding, but I wouldn't say that it's grainy either. I honestly love it and I personally think it works well in this recipe. Having said that... if you are worried, you can always substitute the gluten-free rice pudding with gluten-free vanilla pudding. That will work just as well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! Linda
  • Molly June 4, 2015, 3:24 pm
    Hi! How long before serving is this OK to make? I need to take it to work tomorrow morning. Would be be fine to make 12-16 hours ahead of serving?
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy June 4, 2015, 5:17 pm
      Hi Molly, Yes, that amount of time is actually perfect. I usually make a trifle the night before I want to serve it. That way everything has time to "set" and "blend" together. Thanks for asking and have fun! Linda
  • Izzy @ She Likes Food March 21, 2015, 9:36 pm
    I had no idea they sold gluten free funfetti cake!! I need to keep a look out for that! This looks so good! I love that you shook things up and made this into a trifle :) My Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 21, 2015, 10:40 pm
      Hi Izzy, I didn't know that they made gluten free funfetti cake either until I recently stumbled upon it in a WalMart. I was so happy to have found it and it tasted great all by itself. After making the Birthday Cake Trifle I had about 1/4 of the cake leftover. We ate it plain and it was wonderful just like that. We hope that if you try this recipe you will like it as well. Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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