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This birthday trifle cake is a fun layered cake in a trifle bowl. It has alternating layers of a super moist cake with sprinkles and a cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture and is then topped with whipped topping, sprinkles, and cookies.

(Last Updated On: August 17, 2022)

Isn’t this just the cutest birthday trifle cake with sprinkles that you’ve ever seen? Okay, so we agree it’s cute, but how does it taste? Well, let me tell you that it tastes amazing, just heavenly!! It’s also easy and fun to make. Make a cake, cut it into squares, whip the cheesecake pudding and some whipped cream, add it to the cream cheese, and then layer it up with the cake. Topped with whipped topping and more sprinkles. That’s it.

Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles

My son-in-law’s birthday was coming up, so he checked online and found this recipe on Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen website, and told my daughter he wanted her to make it for him. And so she did and it turned out great! 🙂

If you need to make a fancy-looking birthday cake for a special birthday party or special occasion, that also tastes amazing, then you are going to love this birthday cake recipe.

🎈 What’s in this Birthday Trifle Cake?

This recipe includes a super moist white cake mix, sprinkles, cheesecake instant pudding mix, whole milk, and cream cheese. The top has 6 cookies and more sprinkles.

🎂 Key Ingredients

  • One 15.25-ounce super moist white cake mix with milk instead of water, and 1 extra egg
  • 1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 cheesecake instant pudding mix – 3.4 ounces each
  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • Two 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese – softened
  • 1 tub of whipped topping – 16 ounces
  • 6 OREO Golden Sandwich Cookies – for garnishing
Ingredients for Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles
Ingredients for birthday trifle cake with sprinkles.

🧑‍🍳 Step-By-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos

Step 1. Prepare the Cake Mix

We used one 15.25-ounce super moist white cake mix. Prepare the cake according to the instructions on the back of the package, except use milk instead of water and 1 extra egg. Adding milk instead of water and 1 extra egg makes this cake super duper moist. It also gives it a flavor like the cakes that are made in bakery shops. Yum!

After you have the cake batter prepared, add 1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles together with the cake batter.

Cake mix batter with sprinkles added.
Cake mix batter with sprinkles added.

With a spoon or spatula, stir the cake batter and sprinkles until blended well.

The cake batter is mixed well with the sprinkles.
The cake batter is mixed well with the sprinkles.

Pour the cake batter into a 9 x 13-inch greased baking pan.

The cake batter is poured into a nine by thirteen inch greased baking pan.
The cake batter is poured into a nine by thirteen inch greased baking pan.

Bake the cake according to the instructions on the package. Let the cake cool completely. Then cut the cake into 18 squares inside of the baking pan. After that, mentally divide the cake into thirds. Set the cake aside until step 5.

Note: Beginning in step 5 we will start the layering process, and there will be 3 layers of cake.

Baked cake for Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles and cut into eighteen squares..
The cake is baked and cut into eighteen squares.

Step 2. Cheesecake Instant Pudding and Milk

In a medium-sized bowl, add 2 cheesecake instant pudding mixes together with 3 cups of whole milk.

The cheesecake instant pudding is added together with the whole milk.
The cheesecake instant pudding is added together with the whole milk.

Whip the cheesecake instant pudding together with the milk using an electric mixer. Whip the pudding and milk for about 2 minutes until the pudding just begins to thicken, but you can still pour it out of the bowl. Set aside for now until step 4.

 The cheesecake instant pudding is mixed with the milk using an electric mixer.
The cheesecake instant pudding is mixed with the milk using an electric mixer.

Step 3. Cream Cheese and Whipped Topping

In a different bowl, add two 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese together with 2 cups of whipped topping. Note: Later, in step 5, the last layer, whipped topping will be used on the top of the cake.

 The cream cheese is added to the two cups of whipped topping.
The cream cheese is added to the two cups of whipped topping.

With the electric mixer, whip the cream cheese together with the whipped topping just until combined.

 The cream cheese and two cups of whipped topping are whipped together.
The cream cheese and two cups of whipped topping are whipped together.

Step 4. Add the Cheesecake Pudding to the Cream Cheese and Whipped Topping

Add the cheesecake pudding from the one bowl together with the cream cheese and whipped topping in the other bowl.

The cheesecake pudding is added to the cream cheese and whipped topping in the other bowl.
The cheesecake pudding is added to the cream cheese and whipped topping in the other bowl.

Put the electric mixer on medium speed and whip the cheesecake pudding, cream cheese, and whipped topping for about 2 minutes until smooth. We will now call this cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture.

The cheesecake pudding and the cream cheese and whipped topping are completely mixed until smooth.
The cheesecake pudding and the cream cheese and whipped topping are completely mixed until smooth.

Step 5. Layering the Cake and the Cheesecake Cream Cheese Pudding Mixture

The First Layer

For the first layer, use a 3-quart trifle bowl and place 1/3 of the squares of cake around the bottom of the trifle bowl.

Note: Placing the pieces of cake in the trifle bowl doesn’t have to be perfect, just lay the cake pieces as best as they can fit. You can break apart some of the pieces of cake to make them fit better in the center of the bowl, but don’t crumble them too small.

For the first layer, place one-third of the squares of cake around the bottom of the bowl.
For the first layer, place one-third of the squares of cake around the bottom of the bowl.

The Second Layer

For the second layer, scoop out half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture, then spread it around the trifle bowl over the top of the cake pieces. After that, shake some sprinkles over the top of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture. Note: We will use the other half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture in the fourth layer.

For the second layer, spread half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture over the top of the cake pieces and then shake sprinkles on top.
For the second layer, spread half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture over the top of the cake pieces and then shake sprinkles on top.

The Third Layer

The third layer will be another row of cake. Arrange another 1/3 of the pieces of cake to fit all around the trifle bowl. The trifle bowl is narrower at the bottom and wider at the top, so you will be able to get a bit more cake in the bowl with this layer.

For the third layer, put another row of cake.
For the third layer, put another row of cake.

The Fourth Layer

The fourth layer will be the last half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture. Spread it around evenly in the trifle bowl, then shake more sprinkles on the top.

For the fourth layer, spread the last half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture over the cake and shake sprinkles on the top.
For the fourth layer, spread the last half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture over the cake and shake sprinkles on the top.

The Fifth Layer

The fifth layer is one last row of cake. You should have enough cake to go around the bowl. The cake can be above the top of the dish a little bit, so don’t smash it down.

For the fifth layer, place the last row of cake in the trifle bowl.
For the fifth layer, place the last row of cake in the trifle bowl.

The Last Layer

The last layer is the rest of the whipped topping that was saved earlier from step 3. Spread the remaining whipped topping all around the top of the cake. You can make it kind of poofy and fluffy looking. Then shake some more sprinkles on the top. You might need more whipped cream than we used depending on how thick you layered it compared to us.

For the last layer, spread the rest of the whipped topping on top of the cake pieces, then more sprinkles.
For the last layer, spread the rest of the whipped topping on top of the cake pieces, then more sprinkles.

Step 6. Garish

We used 6 Oreo golden sandwich cookies to garnish the top of the birthday cake. Place each Oreo cookie around the top of the whipped topping pressing them into the whipped topping not quite halfway. They should look like they are standing up, as shown in the next photo following this photo. You can use any of your favorite cookies that you prefer.

Put the cake in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving. Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Place six cookies around the top of the Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles.
Place six cookies around the top of the whipped cream.

🎉 The Grand Finale – Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles

The photo below shows the 3 layers where the cake goes, and in between each layer of cake are the 2 layers of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture. The top of the cake has whipped topping, sprinkles, and six cookies.

Three layers of Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles.
Three layers of Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles.

❓ FAQs for this Recipe

What is a Trifle Cake?

In the culinary world, a trifle is usually a layered dessert in a trifle bowl. The possibilities are endless what the layers can be.

A trifle cake is a layered dessert that usually has pieces of cake as 3 of the layers. And sometimes in between the cake layers are fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries, etc.

And there is usually a combination or mixture of puddings and cream, for example, whipped cream, cream cheese, and or cheesecake pudding as fillings in between the layers of cake and fruit. It’s a delicious cold dessert that’s sure to please everyone!

Where to Buy a Trifle Bowl?

There are a variety of trifle bowls to choose from in the stores and online. Depending on how much you want to spend and how fancy you want to get, Amazon has lots to choose from and their prices aren’t too expensive.

And the same goes for Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Kohl’s, and Hobby Lobby. Prices can range from $2.99 to $60 or more. Styles can range from very simple to extravagant.

Birthday Trifle Cake with Sprinkles

🥳 Final Thoughts

This birthday trifle cake is a beautiful piece of art. So pretty for any occasion. The trifle bowl is a 3-quart bowl so there is plenty of cake to go around for everyone. The flavor of this trifle cake is heavenly and sure to please all of your family and friends.

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This birthday trifle cake is a fun layered cake in a trifle bowl. It has alternating layers of a super moist cake with sprinkles and a cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture and is then topped with whipped topping, sprinkles, and cookies.
5 from 4 votes
Cost $14
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chill 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings 14

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 super moist white cake mix (15.25 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 cheesecake instant pudding mix (3.4 ounces each)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 blocks of cream cheese – softened (8 ounces each)
  • 1 tub whipped topping (16 ounces)
  • 6 Oreo golden sandwich cookies – or your choice (for garnishing the top of the cake)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the cake according to the instructions on the back of the package, except use milk instead of water and 1 extra egg. Also, add the rainbow sprinkles to the cake batter. Mix well, then bake in the oven according to the instructions on the back of the package.
  • After the cake is baked, let it cool completely. Then cut the cake into 18 squares inside of the baking pan. Mentally divide the cake into thirds. Set the cake aside for now.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the cheesecake instant pudding with the milk. Using an electric mixer, whip for about 2 minutes until the pudding begins to thicken, but you can still pour it. Set aside for now.
  • In a different bowl, add the 2 blocks of cream cheese with 2 cups of whipped topping. Whip until combined.
  • Add the cheesecake pudding to the cream cheese and whipped topping. Whip on medium speed for about 2 minutes with the electric mixer until all is blended well.

The First Layer

  • Use a 3-quart trifle bowl and place 1/3 of the pieces of the squares of cake around the bottom of the bowl. Break apart some of the pieces of cake to make them fit better in the center of the bowl, but don't crumble them too small.

The Second Layer

  • Spread half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture around the bowl over the top of the cake pieces. Shake some sprinkles over the top.

The Third Layer

  • Lay another 1/3 row of cake around the bowl.

The Fourth Layer

  • Spread the last half of the cheesecake cream cheese pudding mixture evenly in the bowl. Shake more sprinkles on the top.

The Fifth Layer

  • Put the last of the cake around the bowl. The cake can be above the top of the dish just a bit, don't smash it down.

The Last Layer

  • Spread the rest of the whipped topping we saved earlier all around the top of the cake. Shake some more sprinkles on the top.

Garnish

  • Push 6 Oreo golden sandwich cookies into the whipped topping around the center of the top of the cake, pressing them into the whipped topping. They should look like they are standing up.
  • Put the cake in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Keep any leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • For the garnish at the top of the cake, you can use any of your favorite cookies that you prefer.
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