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Cotton Candy Easter Trifle

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Easter is fast approaching and I wanted to make a really fun dessert this year for my grand-babies. Thus, I present to you Cotton Candy Easter Trifle! 

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This colorful dessert starts with one white cake mix, made according to packaging directions. The cake batter is divided into four equals parts with an added touch of blue, red, green and yellow food coloring. When the batter is ready it is placed into four 6 inch cake pans. I love these mini cake pans and use them to make all kinds of great desserts. 

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I baked the cakes and while they were cooling, I whipped up the yummy filling – a mixture of cream cheese, heavy whipped cream, powdered sugar,  granulated sugar, and vanilla.

Now comes the fun part! Assembling this delicious Cotton Candy Easter Trifle. 

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When the cakes were totally cool, I crumbled them and placed part of the crumbles into the bottom of my favorite trifle bowl

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Next, I placed a layer of filling, another layer of crumbled cake, one more layer of filling and a final layer of cake. 

Cotton Candy Easter Trifle 3I garnished this Cotton Candy Easter Trifle with colorful cotton candy, pastel-colored peanut M&M’s and Sixlets.

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Last Easter I crafted Easter Egg Bunnies, so I planted one right on top of this Cotton Candy Easter Trifle. I think he adds a fun whimsical touch that my grand-babies will love! Adding edible marshmallow chickens would be cute as well.



732 cal


13 g


151 g


3 g
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Cotton Candy Easter Trifle

A delicious and colorful trifle that is easily made into a gluten free dessert.

45 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 White cake mix (*GF version: use one 17 ounce box Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Cake Mix)
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cotton Candy Extract OR vanilla extract (*GF version: use gluten free extracts).
  • Garnish:
  • Various candies.


  1. Make the cake according to the packaging directions.
  2. Divide the cake batter equally into four mixing bowls. 
  3. Add 2 - 3 drops of food coloring to the cake batter (I used blue, yellow, red and green); one color per bowl. Mix well.
  4. Lightly grease 4 (6-inch) mini cake pans; pour batter into each pan. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 - 22 minutes, or until the cakes are done.
  6. Remove from oven; set aside and allow cakes to cool completely. 
  7. While the cakes are cooling, make the filling.
  8. Filling:
  9. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. 
  10. Add powdered sugar and granulated sugar.
  11. In a separate mixing bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. 
  12. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
  13. Layering:
  14. Tear each cake into bite-size crumbles.
  15. Cover the bottom of trifle bowl, alternating with the various colors of cake crumbles. The layer should be approximately 1 1/2" - 2" in depth, depending on how big you make your cake crumbles.
  16. Spoon half of filling on top of the first layer of cake; gently spread around to cover all of the cake.
  17. Repeat the layering process - being sure to leave enough cake crumbles for the very top.
  18. Refrigerate.
  19. When ready to serve - garnish with cotton candy, candies and any embellishments.
  20. Garnish:
  21. Cotton Candy
  22. Pastel M&M's
  23. Sixlets - **For a list of gluten free candy click here.
  24. Place chunks of cotton candy on top of the final top layer of cake crumbles.
  25. Add M&M's and Sixlets.

 Cotton Candy Easter TrifleHappy Easter!


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