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Easiest Ever Carrot Cake Trifle with Cream Cheese Frosting

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)! 

carrot cake batter in clear bowl on cutting board with carrots beside.

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!

Carrot cake trifle 1st layer in clear trifle dish.

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!

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No trifle is complete without the perfect Trifle Dish – and I love one that has a stand! It makes your dessert a beautiful centerpiece for any special meal. As I mentioned, individual trifle dishes would also be a super fun idea to personalize the carrot cake trifle for your guests.

Yield: 8 people

Carrot Cake Trifle with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Trifle with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Carrot Cake Trifle made using boxed cake mix and a homemade cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 box Carrot Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Candied Walnuts, see recipe link
  • 1 pkg Cream Cheese (8oz), softened
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar


  1. Prepare and bake Cake Mix as per instructions on the box (see notes about pan sizes in post)
  2. 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)
  3. If you find you icing is too thick you can add milk in 1 tsp increments until it reaches a creamy consistency (it shouldn't fall off the whisk)
  4. Allow cake to cool completely
  5. Assemble in chosen dish in the following order:
  6. 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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 50gProtein: 2g

*Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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Don’t forget your Candied Walnuts – Get the recipe HERE. 

This easy Carrot Cake Trifle is layered with a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts, making it the perfect dessert for you Easter celebrations!
This easy Carrot Cake Trifle is layered with a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts, making it the perfect dessert for you Easter celebrations!

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Tuesday 30th of May 2017

A nice creative twist on a favourite - I love carrot cake so this is a must-try for me.


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

If you have a homemade recipe you love to make you can do it with that, we just used boxed cake to make it simple and quick! Enjoy!


Saturday 27th of May 2017

What a cute idea. It looks so pretty in the trifle bowl. And those candied walnuts, yum!


Saturday 27th of May 2017

Isn't nice to change it up a little?! I love taking classics and putting a twist on them for everyone to enjoy!


Monday 15th of May 2017

Pretty dessert! I'm a BIG fan of carrot cake, but carrot cake trifle sounds even better!


Friday 31st of March 2017

Oh wow this looks SO good! This would be something my dad would love too, as carrot cake is one of his faves! I might have to try this sometime! Father's day maybe?


Friday 31st of March 2017

Oh that is a GREAT idea! What a nice treat that would be for him! You may want to make a 2nd so he doesn't have to share! :)


Thursday 30th of March 2017

O my! That looks seriously delicious! Thanks for sharing this treat!!

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