With only a couple of weeks to go until Easter I thought I would share another SUPER EASY dessert recipe that anyone can make! This delicious Carrot Cake Trifle uses a boxed cake mix and homemade Cream Cheese Frosting and comes together in no time. I even added in some candied walnuts to give it a nice crunchy texture between the layers! There is something about Carrot Cake and Easter…I mean, maybe it is just our home, but they really do go hand-in-hand. The cake has a very subtle spice to it which is complimented by the thick, creamy frosting (which is great for cupcakes too)!
I chose to do mine by cooking the cake in two 10″ cake pans (just based on the size of my trifle dish) but you can cook it as a rectangular cake and crumble the pieces if you prefer! Either way, this is one deeeelicious dessert. I even thought about doing it as individual servings in martini glasses instead, and actually might end up doing it this way for Easter dinner…I think it would be cute to give each guest their own “mini trifle” to dig into!
You can see in the picture here how I did the layers. Be sure to get your icing all the way to the edge and press some of your candied nuts there too so they show when you get the next piece on!
- 1 box Carrot Cake Mix
- 1 cup Candied Walnuts (see recipe link)
- 1 pkg Cream Cheese - softened (8 oz)
- 1 cup Butter - softened
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar
- Prepare and bake Cake Mix as per instructions on the box (see notes about pan sizes in post)
- In a stand mixer (or with hand mixer) beat together cream cheese and butter until soft and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and mix until smooth (may not need all the sugar)
- If you find you icing is too thick you can add milk in 1tsp increments until it reaches a creamy consistency (it shouldn't fall off the whisk)
- Allow cake to cool completely
- Assemble in chosen dish in the following order:
- Cake - 1/2 of the icing - 1/2 c walnuts and repeat. If you have any extra cake (I cut the tops of the cake to make it flat for layering) you can crumble on top like I did!