Red Velvet Holiday Trifle

Start with your favorite red velvet cake mix, then throw together this impressive dessert in three easy steps.


  • 2 c. half-and-half
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 20 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
Whipped Cream
  • 6 c. heavy cream
  • 16 oz. mascarpone (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. For the Ganache: In saucepan, bring half-and-half and heavy cream to simmer, stirring often. Add chocolate chips to heatproof bowl and pour cream mixture over. Let stand 5 minutes, then whisk until blended. Let cool completely.
  2. For the Whipped Cream: Using mixer with whisk attachment, beat heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt on low until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until assembly.
  3. Assembly: Break cake into chunks. Layer in a deep glass trifle bowl, starting with Ganache. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with cake crumbs.

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